Inside Your Chimney

A Look Around

It’s hot, it’s fiery, and in a moment it can have your whole house in danger.  Fireplaces and chimneys are made up of many parts that combine to make one functioning unit.  Whether you have masonry or a factory built fireplace, it is important to have a yearly chimney sweep and maintenance inspection.  Luckily, Pozzi Chimney Sweep is here for all of your fire safety questions.

There is a lot going on inside your chimney. All work together to maintain proper draft.

There is a lot going on inside your chimney. All work together to maintain proper draft.

A masonry fireplace is the more traditional unit, with the firebox that is built using individual brick and a brick chimney that sits on top of the roof.  These structures are massive and can weigh several tons.  They will last a long time and require little maintenance other than the suggested yearly inspection.  The prefabricated fireplaces are different in materials and looks.  They are built of metal and have more of a modern look.  Since they come in a set, you must install them this way to make sure you have no risks of being unsafe.  These units also require much more attention, and since they are made of metal they can damage easier.

Are you interested yet, because that’s just the outside of the chimney!  There are many other parts put together to make a working unit.  Chimney crowns are especially important because they protect from water damage.  When a chimney comes into contact with water, they can begin to mold or have mortar deterioration, causing the whole structure to weaken and your home to be in danger.  The flue and its liner should both be in top shape so that the exhaust gases are able to leave the home and reduce any kind of flammable debris from accumulating.  The smoke chamber is also important because it is the part that compresses byproduct of combustion into the smaller space to eliminate back draft.  Chimney dampers help with all parts of your home because they make sure you’re not losing energy when the fire is not burning.  If you ever experience a problem with any of the part in your chimney you should always call for help, because what may seem a small problem could potentially develop into a serious issue.