There is nothing like bundling up by the fireplace and reading a nice book after a cold rainy day in Vancouver. Until you take a look up your chimney one day and it's clogged with thick icky black stuff. Not a pretty sight to see at all. Chimneys require regular cleaning and inspection, but no matter how well and often you sweep your chimney, it will require servicing by an expert.
A well-kept chimney will give you peace of mind by reducing the risk of a fire, keeping the air quality in your home high, and by increasing the lifespan of your chimney. There are many dangerous and flammable materials inside a chimney that hasn’t been properly maintained. Ashes, soot, creosote, and other debris can build up inside the chimney, compromising your safety. Burning wood creates a chemical process that leaves creosote, which is a by-product of the reaction. This is essentially the smelly black powder that goes up your fireplace and leaves everything black. These materials and the gases that can accumulate in your chimney can also be toxic to the occupants in your home, which can result in damage to your health. Prolonged exposure can lead to skin and respiratory problems and in the worst case it can even lead to cancer.
It’s of vital importance to have a professional do a regular check of your chimney so you can prevent these issues as well as problems such as costly leaks before they happen. Our chimney sweep is a comprehensive cleaning of the entire system, leaving all areas clear and fully functional.
Our chimney experts at Cloverdale Roofing can do both an exterior and interior inspection to make sure we cover all our bases. Taking a full look at your chimney system will allow us to make us a fully informed recommendation for the best solution.
Upon inspection, your chimney may need repairs if we see these signs:
If we find that your chimney requires repairs, we will provide a repair estimate and give you the best advice for the solution you require. It may be the case that your chimney needs a complete or partial rebuild. Our experienced technicians can perform a chimney restoration that will prevent leaks and will keep you set for years to come, with a yearly chimney clean and inspection. Even most city bylaws and the BC fire code state that a chimney should be inspected annually and after any chimney fire. If an inspection shows more than 3mm of creosote buildup then a cleaning is required. Leave that to us, give us a call at Cloverdale Roofing and we’ll set you up for success!