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How a Chimney Sweep Protects Your Chimney From Water Damage

Do you have a fireplace or woodstove in your home? Many homeowners have these appliances in their houses, but don’t use them because of more modern forms of energy like electricity and natural gas. However, even if you do not use your wood-burning heating appliance, you should still have your chimney inspected and swept. Chimneys are not visible on a daily basis, so they often go ignored. However, by having a professional and certified company sweep your chimney you can prevent water damage from threatening not only your chimney, but also your home.

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How A Chimney Sweep Protects Your Chimney From Water Damage

When you hire a professional chimney sweeping company like Bulldog Chimney Sweeps in West Colorado they will come to your home in order to make sure your chimney is working in top order. The chimney sweeping company will perform the following tasks:

1. Inspecting Your Chimney

By thoroughly inspecting your chimney, your professional chimney technician will be able to determine how your chimney works and become familiar with your chimney inside and out. It is difficult for homeowners to assess water damage in their chimneys because they simply can’t see all the way up the chimney. A professional company uses specialized tools and cameras that can see every inch of the chimney from top to bottom and inside/out. In doing so, they will be able to determine if any water damage has occurred in the home.

Common Sources Of Water Damage

  • Uncapped chimney
  • Broken chimney cap
  • Damaged damper

2. Sweeping Your Chimney

After the inspection, your professional chimney company will begin sweeping it. Again, homeowners cannot effectively clean their chimneys because they don’t have the professional tools needed to clean the entire chimney. By sweeping out the chimney your technician will be able to remove any debris or creosote buildup that can affect the efficiency of the chimney. This will also help determine the source of water damage and how to properly repair the problem.

3. Repairing Your Chimney

The third thing your chimney sweep may do is perform minor repairs to your chimney. Tuckpointing is a common repair that involves pushing fresh mortar between the bricks in your chimney to prevent further damage and create an air/water tight environment for your chimney. Simple repairs and maintenance can prevent more costly and intensive repairs down the road.

Additional Benefits To Regular Chimney Sweeping

  • Preventing damper and flue rust
  • Preventing water damage inside the home
  • Allow your chimney to work efficiently
  • Allow your fireplace or woodstove to burn as hot as possible
  • Prevent creosote buildup

Bulldog Chimney Sweeps recommends a yearly inspection/sweeping of your chimney to make sure your chimney is free from water damage and debris. However, if your fireplace or woodstove is the primary heating appliance in your home, you may want to consider an inspection before the cold season starts, and once the spring season rolls in. Our certified chimney technicians will come to your home and with the utmost professionalism, provide a thorough inspection and sweeping. Contact Bulldog Chimney Sweeps to schedule your chimney maintenance service today.