What are some common chimney problems?


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Common chimney problems are cracks in the flue, nesting animals, creosote build up and moisture. A homeowner needs to clean chimneys annually to ensure safe operation.

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A chimney flue may crack from stress that is caused either by the house settling or by extended use. If this problem occurs, smoke and carbon monoxide can enter the home.

A chimney cap prevents animals from entering the chimney and keeps rain out. An animal nest in a chimney is very dangerous because the nest is highly flammable and can trigger a house fire. Rain in a chimney causes rust, cracks and unpleasant odors.

Creosote builds up inside the flue and firebox every time the fireplace is used. Build up that is not routinely cleaned causes chimney blockage and can lead to a house fire.

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