St. Louis Chimney Inspection
Chimney inspections require a professional. Your chimney sweep will take pictures of the inside and outside of your chimney. If an inspection is included, the inspection will determine if your chimney tiles are cracked or broken. Your chimney’s bricks will be inspected as well as the mortar joints to look for any broken bricks or cracked mortar joints. The chimney’s flue will also need to be inspected for proper positioning to save and maximize energy and fireplace safety.
Chimney Sweeping should be performed at least once a year if it’s used frequently. If your chimney is not swept/cleaned once a year you run the risk of having a chimney fire. If there is a ¼ inch or thicker build up of creosote in your chimney you should have it cleaned. If you allow your chimney to get any thicker you could start to smell a strong unpleasant odor running through your house.
If you are up for getting dirty, it is not unusual for homeowners to clean their own chimneys. You can purchase all the necessary tools required to sweep a chimney at your local hardware store. While cleaning and sweeping your chimney does not require a professional to do the job, you should have your chimney inspected every other year.
A St. Louis masonry chimney should be inspected and least once a year. When the chimney becomes excessively dirty it should be swept. Chimney cleaning includes the damper, chimney, firebox, smoke chamber, and the smoke shelf.
St. Louis prefabricated chimneys are mostly made of metal and are designed to be used specifically with each other. Over the past years the designs has changed on chimney inserts. This change to prefabricated chimney design makes it difficult to find and replace parts. To reduce the need to completely replace parts it is very important that you have prefab chimneys in St. Louis checked yearly for rust spots, cracks and breaks in the chase top. This type of damage can cause problems with the flue system.