With fall right around the corner here in Maryland, it’s time to start planning ahead! If you have a fireplace in your home it would be wise to have it inspected before building a fire in it for the first time this fall. Over the spring and summer months environmental damage, debris, even animals can make your fireplace or chimney unsafe for use. Let’s look at some of the things that a fireplace inspector looks for to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
The type of fireplace you have will determine what type of inspection your fireplace needs, however in all cases the inspector will look for any signs or signals that something isn’t functioning the way that it should. If you have a wood burning fireplace the inspector will look for any type of crack or damage to both the fireplace and the chimney. The flue and damper will also be inspected to ensure they are in working order.
In addition to signs of wear or damage, a Maryland fireplace inspection will look to make sure the chimney is clear or dirt and debris. Oftentimes animals make their homes inside chimneys during the warmer months, creating a scenario that could lead to a fire. Likewise, if you have a wood stove the chimney will also be carefully inspected, as will the stove itself to insure it is not damage. Gas fireplaces also need to be inspected to ensure their exhaust fans are working, the gas is not leaking, and to make sure the starter is working properly.
Anytime you are starting a fire within the home, whether it be in a traditional fireplace, a gas fireplace, or a wood stove, it is essential that a professional gives it a thorough inspection prior to use. Our top priority is keeping your family safe, and with so many potential problems, an inspection can be the difference between a safe fire and a not safe one.
If you are looking forward to the warmth and ambiance of a fire in the coming months, but haven’t had yours inspected yet this year, give Fireside Stone & Patio a call today. Our team of professionals can inspect your fireplace and fix any issues that may be found to keep you are your family safe this winter. Give us at Fireside a call for your Maryland fireplace and chimney inspection and put your mind at ease!