Now that 2019 is here, it’s time to tackle all the things on your to-do list. If a chimney inspection and cleaning isn’t at the top of your to-do list, then you’ll want to consider moving it up. You’ll be using your fireplace more now that the colder days of North Carolina are here, and the last thing you want is a nasty chimney fire. You can save yourself the worry and expense of repairs by giving Owens Chimney Systems a call today to set up an appointment!

How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected

chimney fireA question homeowners often have is how often they should have their chimney inspected. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, you should get your chimney inspected at least once a year, and more often if you use it a lot. There are several reasons this is a good idea, and one of those reasons is to avoid chimney fires.


Creosote buildup is the reason for most chimney fires. Every time you use your chimney, water vapor and chemicals are released in the form of smoke. This smoke travels up your chimney. When it gets to the top where the bricks are cooler, it condenses to form a hard, black or sticky brown layer of nasty crust. This is creosote, and it is highly flammable. Even an eighth of an inch of creosote is enough to catch a spark or ember from your fire and start a devastating chimney fire. Sometimes, there isn’t enough oxygen in your chimney for a full-fledged, roaring fire to start. Sometimes the chimney fire can put itself out quite quickly. This also cause a dangerous situation, because homeowners aren’t aware of the damages.

Other Dangers

There are other dangers lurking inside your chimney. Birds and small animals often use chimneys as nesting spots. When the family has left the nest, the nesting material remain behind sometimes. This can cause a blockage, which is very dangerous. A blocked chimney is also less efficient. This means that you aren’t getting all the heat from your fires. It also means that less smoke is escaping your chimney and more is getting back into your home. Also, a dried nest is great tinder for a chimney fire; just one stray spark is all it would take to start a chimney fire.

Avoid the dangers of a clogged and dirty chimney by calling Owens Chimney Systems today!