Chimney Problems In Winter
You use your chimney a lot in winter. Gathering around a roaring fire is a staple activity of the season. There are, however, some problems you might face.
The Most Common Winter Chimney Problems
Cracked chimney crown. Sometimes the icy weather can crack your chimney crown, leading to disintegration.
Cracks in the flue. Moisture combined with periods of cold and heat can even lead the vent to crack, causing damage within the chimney stack itself.
Creosote. Flammable, dangerous creosote can build up in the chimney over winter due to the increased use of the fire
Obstructions. During winter, numerous obstructions can prevent the passage of air out of the top of the chimney into the environment, causing a backup.
How To Winter-Proof Your Chimney
What can you do to winter-proof your chimney this winter?
Install a draught excluder, a special device that prevents heat from being lost from your home during winter
Place a cap on top of the chimney crown to prevent cracking and keep debris out of the chimney
Remove last year’s creosote, a nasty flammable buildup on the inside of your flue
The Benefits Of A Chimney Sweep
The benefits of a chimney sweep are many.
Cut down on bad-smelling odours coming from your fireplace
Increase the efficiency of your wood or coal-burning
Reducing the risk of a chimney fire
Reduce corrosion in the chimney system
Protect the flue from moisture and heat damage
Prevent smoke buildup problems that can happen if the creosote narrows the passage for the smoke to escape