Can you remember the last time you had your chimney cleaned and inspected? If not, it is probably long overdue for a professional to take a look at what is happening on the inside of your chimney. Look out for the following signs that indicate you need a professional to help you out.
The Chimney Releases an Excessive Amount of Smoke
Have you noticed a change in the type of smoke that comes out of your chimney when you have a fire going in the fireplace? It may look like the chimney is releasing a lot more smoke or that the smoke is thicker than usual. This is a sign that you have a lot of soot in the chimney and the heat is causing the soot to burn up. Excessive chimney smoke can also be due to an obstruction that needs to be cleared out, such as leaves that are in the top of the chimney.
The Fireplace Has Excessive Soot Inside
If you look in the fireplace and notice that there is an excessive amount of soot that is visible from inside your home, just imagine what is happening within the chimney where you cannot see what is going on. A chimney cleaning will be necessary to remove that soot and make the path for smoke to leave the chimney as unobstructed as possible.
The Fireplace Has Visible Water Leaking Into It
It is never a good sign to see water in your home, especially through the chimney. It is possible that water is somehow getting into the chimney and traveling all the way down to your fireplace opening. This could be due to a crack in the cap that is supposed to keep water and debris out. All it takes is some debris inside to collect moisture, as this can cause water to empty into your fireplace where you can see it.
The Chimney Has Efflorescence
Have you noticed the mortar and brick around your chimney turning white? This is called efflorescence, and it's an indication that there is a hole in the chimney liner that is letting moisture escape the chimney. As the moisture tries to go through the bricks, it dries up and turns the brick white. While the discoloration is very easy to spot, it is often a sign that damage has already been done to the chimney and you will need help to fix it.
Most of these issues can be fixed with a simple chimney cleaning. To get a thorough cleaning done, contact a local contractor.