919-948-1144
Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

How to tell if my chimney is safe to use

Troubleshooting Your Fireplace

There could be many reasons that your fireplace isn’t functioning correctly, and we want to help you solve the problem. Below is a list of potential issues and their respective solutions. Note that this list of problems/solutions is simplified, and a correct understanding of fireplaces requires an expert-level knowledge of airflow patterns.

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Answer: 

There is nothing better than a crackling fire on a cold winter night. However, the luxury of having a fireplace also comes with risks. There are several steps you can take to make sure that your chimney is safe to use this winter.

Safety check

The best way to keep your chimney in proper working condition is to have it inspected regularly. We recommend that you have your chimney examined every year, before winter, to remove creosote and debris.

Check for damage

Check your chimneys structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar, and check your chimney liner for signs of deterioration. If you find any visible damage, then give us a call.

Chimney cap

When your chimney is topped with a cap, animals, leaves, and other debris will be prevented from entering your chimney. This will help protect your fireplace for years to come.

Check the damper

The damper is the movable plate that sits above the fireplace. Before the first fire of the season, make sure that the damper is opening and closing properly.

Creosote buildup

Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood. Over time, creosote builds up in your chimney and can cause complications. Creosote is toxic and can cause irritated eyes or skin, and respiratory issues. Creosote is also a fire hazard. To prevent against the adverse effects of creosote, have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly.

Check for tree limbs

Make sure no overhanging tree limbs are encroaching on the chimney. Limbs can present a fire hazard and restrict proper airflow.

Choose the right wood

It is best if you choose dense wood such as oak. Wood should be split and adequately stored six months before use.

Testimonials Skip to services overview

Read what people are saying about Emberstone.

I called this morning to schedule a cleaning when my stove started up so badly it wouldn't burn, expecting to see a technician next week some time, but when they found out that my wood stove was my primary source of heat, they said they'd be out in half an hour. My stove is running like new, and the two technicians made zero mess and were so friendly and polite. And to top it all off, they were great with my dogs and two-year-old son.
Jennifer C.
Prompt, thorough and efficient! Starting with the first email I received (within 30 minutes of my email request being sent) all the way to Chris the technician taking care of inspecting and cleaning - top notch guys! You run your business like ALL business's should be - Thank you!
Lori Birchard
Our experience with Emberstone has been fantastic. They are prompt and efficient. The initial cleaning was done extremely well and when we had a small problem shortly thereafter, they returned and fixed the problem right away. The office personnel are kind and courteous. Patrick did an excellent job with the initial cleaning and Tom was so efficient in fixing our problem later on. I recommend Emberstone wholeheartedly.
Krey32

Tell Us What You Need
(usually responds in 1 business day)

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.