According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2011, there were an average of 24,300 fires each year in the U.S. directly attributable to fireplaces, chimneys and chimney systems. Furthermore, the area of the roof surrounding a chimney is one in which roof leaks frequently occur that can damage the interior of a home and its furnishings. A fireplace can add warmth and beauty to your home. It is important that your chimney system be kept clean and in good repair.
Investing in chimney repair makes sense to hire a professional to handle these tasks rather than attempt to do them yourself.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners have their chimneys professionally inspected at least annually to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires. If you use your fireplace frequently, you might need to have it inspected and cleaned more often, such as once after every cord of wood that is burned in the fireplace.
A professional inspector has the equipment and training to make sure that there are no cracks in the chimney wall, the flue is operating properly, there is no debris in the chimney and that there is no build-up of creosote in the chimney system. If cleaning is needed, chimney repair can be performed quickly and neatly.
The inspector will also check the roof flashing around the chimney. If it needs to be repaired, it is a relatively inexpensive task that can save you considerable money should your roof leak around the chimney. During the course of his inspection, he will also make sure that there is no structural damage to your chimney, such as missing bricks or incorrect exit angles.
A dirty or damaged chimney can cause carbon monoxide to accumulate in the home, catch on fire or allow water to reach the interior. Alone, any of these potential hazards justifies professional maintenance and repair. Considering the potential risks implied by all three, scheduling a professional inspection seems a wise course of action.
Whether you already have a chimney leak, or need chimney repair, want to make sure that your family and property are safe, Alpha Roofing Industries can help. We have been in the industry for more than three decades, providing our services to customers in Austin and throughout Central Texas. If you would like to request a free quote or discuss chimney repair needs, you can contact us by phone at 512-777-1086 or through our website by submitting our online form.