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What Are Some Common Fireplace Problems?

June 13, 2022


You’re ready for a cozy evening by the fire, but something doesn’t seem right. Have you had your fireplace inspected for problems? Several things can go wrong with a fireplace. Mitigating complications is always ideal, given the dangerous hazards that could result from neglect. Keep an eye out for common fireplace problems to prevent dangers in your home. 

Fire Hazard: Creosote

Have you ever noticed a dark, tar-like substance on or in your chimney? If so, you must get your chimney cleaned immediately. The substance is called creosote, and it is highly flammable. It comes from the smoke that travels up your chimney, cools, and then condenses. Not only does it cause fires in your chimney, but it can also prevent proper airflow and result in smoke or carbon dioxide flowing back into your home. Prevent this hazard to protect your home and family.

Debris or Blockage

A clogged chimney is a fireplace problem you don’t want to ignore. Debris could block your chimney cap, such as:

  • Trash bags
  • Leaves
  • Tree limbs
  • Frisbees
  • Garbage

With debris, smoke will be contained to the chimney, unable to escape and return to your house. On the other hand, debris can fall down the chimney and catch fire if your chimney cap is gone or you don’t have one. This could be hazardous to your health and the environment and dangerous if flaming debris rolled out into your home. 

Pest Problem

Pests in your chimney can become more than an annoyance – they can become dangerous. Many rodents, birds, and other animals seeking to make your chimney a home bring in nesting materials. A nest, or a rodent itself, can restrict airflow through the chimney and cause high carbon monoxide levels inside your home. Don’t ignore an animal in your chimney!

Improper Damper Usage

Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of how to use their damper – or if they even have one! A damper works to keep your home at the set temperature when there is no fire going by closing off the chimney. It also works to allow smoke to escape by opening ventilation properly. Most chimneys have a damper that operates by pulling a chain inside the fireplace. If your damper is closed while you have a roaring fire, you can bring smoke into your home.

Fireplace and Chimney Help

Anderson Fireplace is the professional to ask when finding help with your fireplace and chimney. Whether you need an inspection or feel that something just isn’t right, our team is ready to help you. Keep your family and home safe from fire hazards, knowing everything is working correctly in your chimney and fireplace. Contact us today! 

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