What's Involved in a Fireplace Inspection?

You may be wondering what exactly is involved during a fireplace inspection. Typically, you can't check a fireplace without also checking at least part of the chimney. While we don't specialize in chimney cleaning, we do provide fireplace repair and replacement services for our customers in Barrie. But a professional inspection is really the first step towards a safe and effective fireplace. Here are a few things that we usually ask ourselves during an inspection:

  • What is the condition of your bricks and mortar? Over time, the bricks and mortar that comprise your fireplace (if applicable) can break down due to moisture and heat fluctuations. We may find that your bricks are damaged in some areas or that your mortar requires repointing. If you don't have a brick and mortar fireplace, then we'll examine the condition of your firebox and flue.
  • How much creosote is built up? Creosote is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels. If you find that your fireplace is blackened or you already have a thick layer of this substance on your bricks and flue, then it's definitely something to look out for. We may recommend that you have your fireplace cleaned before using it. This substance can lead to chimney fires in addition to ventilation issues.
  • Is your fuel line operating correctly? If you use natural gas to power your fireplace insert, then we'll make sure that it's in good working order. For obvious reasons, this can be a major safety hazard in the home.

Why You Should Have Your Fireplace Inspected in Barrie

You may want to know whether having your fireplace inspected is absolutely necessary. Isn't it just something that you can get by without? Not exactly. At least not if you want your fireplace to operate safely, efficiently, and effectively. Radiant heating by fire is our oldest form of staying warm, but in the home, it needs to be carefully controlled to avoid damage to the structure of your house as well as to your belongings and family members. A quality fireplace inspection can help you can catch any issues before they get out of control.

Moreover, operating a fireplace requires a balance of airflow and ventilation. Without the right combination of fuel and oxygen, your fires will be difficult to keep going and to control once they've started. We can make certain that your fireplace operates just as it should for great efficiency and performance. Call Custom Comfort ClimateCare for a professional evaluation of your fireplace in Barrie.