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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

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