Tips for Homeowners with Chimneys

These are some tips to help you keep your house safe and your chimney and fireplace in good condition for many years.

  • A chimney sweep/service company’s primary role is to prevent fires related to fireplaces; wood burning stoves; gas, oil and coal heating systems. 
  • Have your chimney checked every year to make sure the chimney can do its job of properly venting hot, toxic gases and carbon monoxide from the heating system to the outdoors. 
  • Make sure your service company checks for any damages caused by storms, lightening or even ground shifting. 
  • Burn only well-seasoned hardwoods to help reduce creosote build-up in your wood-burning chimney system. 
  • Have your chimney waterproofed to prevent long-term corrosion and masonry damage. 
  • Inspect your chimney flashing (the seal between the chimney and the roof). Flashing prevents rain water and snow melt from entering your home and causing costly water damage to your walls and ceilings. 
  • Have a sealing damper installed in your wood-burning chimney to save energy dollars and eliminate unpleasant off-season odors. 
  • Install a high quality, long lasting chimney cap to keep out debris and prevent birds, animals, and insects from nesting in your chimney. 
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector to warn of harmful gases that may be entering your home because of a blocked or damaged chimney. 
  • Make sure you have an appropriate chimney liner. This is something your service company can check for you. Chimney liners are required in new construction to separate hot heating system emissions from the structure of your home. 
  • Don’t use your fireplace as an incinerator for trash. 
  • Don’t let your fire burn for more 24 hours.