Why do chimneys break down?
The main reason that chimneys break down is because of the acidic moisture that results from condensed flue gas. This type of moisture will attack your chimney from the inside out, which is why your chimney might look clean and new from the outside, but is actually deteriorating rapidly on the inside. When you have used your chimney for years through winters and wet seasons, acidic moisture can definitely take its toll on your chimney’s condition.
What is the source of this moisture?
For each cubic foot of gas that is burned, two cubic feet of water vapor will be created. Considering the amount of gas that will be burned over your heating system’s lifetime, there will be a great deal of moisture produced that can negatively affect your chimney. Water vapor will easily travel up the chimney, and in colder weather, condense on surfaces within your chimney, which will mean that there will be plenty of acidic moisture drops soaking your flue. This problem is seen more frequently today in the high efficiency modern furnaces that we use, because they extract more heat from fuel than conventional furnaces. As a result, less heat would travel up the chimney, which will keep the temperatures there lower, which in turn will result in more acidic moisture that can damage chimneys at a faster rate.
Why are cracked flue tiles harmful?
Damaged chimneys can be a potential disaster for you and your family, though you might have not have thought of them as such. If any carbon monoxide leaks through any cracks in your chimney’s flue lining, that carbon monoxide can then easily enter your home. Even very small amounts of carbon monoxide can cause severe health problems for you and your family. Another major risk is the chance of chimney fires, which can cause great damage to your home. If there are cracks in your flue tile and in the mortar that surrounds the bricks, flames can easily escape through them and set the house on fire. Chimney fires can be more than 2000 degrees in temperature, which is enough to bring the structure of your chimney down in a matter of moments. You can imagine how much damage that kind of fire can cause in your home.
How often should chimney cleaning or sweeping be performed?
Chimneys at home should be cleaned on a regular basis. In order to know exactly how often, you should ask a professional team to come and inspect your fireplace and chimney to get a clearer picture of their condition. The frequency with which you need to have your chimney cleaned depends on quite a few different factors.
What sets Metro Air Duct Cleaners from other chimney cleaning companies? We have been providing cost effective, efficient and professional services for years. We complete the task at hand with full dedication and no mess at all. Before we begin our work, we will explain our cleaning processes to you and get your approval. We will treat your home as carefully as we treat ours.