Colorado Springs and the El Paso County area experience a wide range of temperatures in the winter, from freezing nights to sunny days. This continuous freeze-thaw cycle can stress chimneys significantly, leading to masonry damage, worn flashing, and flue liner cracks over time, increasing the risk of fire and health hazards. That’s why local fire experts and the National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) recommend having an annual chimney inspection, even if you use your fireplace or stove sparingly.
There are several reasons why your Colorado Springs chimney needs inspection annually. First, creosote buildup can evolve into a fire hazard. Creosote is a thick, tar-like substance that forms when burning solid and fossil fuels. It accumulates inside your chimney with every burn. Without removal, the flammable substance will continue to collect and restrict airflow, which can lead to a chimney fire. During an annual inspection, we look for creosote buildup to prevent a fire in your chimney and home.
Second, the stack can develop structural problems like loose or missing bricks and mortar, water leaks, corrosion, and rust. A chimney inspection will reveal these problems and recommend repairs to further damage to your chimney, vents, and attached heating appliances.
Third, Colorado chimneys often attract pests, such as birds and squirrels. These pests build nests inside your chimney, which can cause a flue obstruction and create a fire hazard. An annual inspection is essential for locating and removing flue and connector piping blockages.
Finally, your chimney attracts dust, dander, and debris like leaves and twigs that blow across the roof. It, too, obstructs the airflow, reducing the efficiency of your fireplace. An annual inspection and chimney cleaning will make lighting a fire in the fireplace safer while improving its heating efficiency and lowering energy bills.
If you live in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, and the surrounding Pike’s Peak communities, having your chimney inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep annually is essential. This will help to prevent fires, protect your home and family, and keep your fireplace and heating stove operating at maximum performance.
Here are some additional tips for keeping your Colorado Springs home safe:
By following these tips, you can help to keep your Colorado Springs chimney safe and prevent a devastating fire.
FlameMaster® is the premier contractor for certified chimney inspection in the Colorado Springs – Pike Peak area. We are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (C.S.I.A.), the National Chimney Sweep Guild (N.C.S.G.), and the International Association of Fireplace & Chimney Inspectors (F.I.R.E.) to perform all three N.F.P.A. inspections. These credentials indicate our extensive training, experience, and skills to inspect, clean, and repair your entire chimney system safely and efficiently per N.F.P.A. standards and codes. Please call us at (719) 661-3277 to book an appointment, or contact us online to consult with a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep®.