Winter is almost here, and soon it will be time to cozy up around the fireplace with family and friends. However, if your fireplace and chimney is cracking, chipping, or crumbling, your fireplace may not be ready to operate. If your chimney or fireplace has masonry issues, it can lead to lots of issues such as falling brickwork or chimney, house fires, and carbon monoxide leaks.

In the Green Bay area, you know that once the cold comes, there is no escaping it. This is especially important If you rely on your fireplace, insert, or stove to supplement your home’s heating needs, so it is crucial to make sure your masonry is in good shape. At The Chimney Guy, we want to make sure your fireplace is ready for use before the cold sets in. We want to share with you how to have a safe and efficient fireplace this year.

How do I know if I have masonry issues?

beautiful and sturdy masonry chimneyThe best way to determine if you have any masonry issues is to have your chimney inspected. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both suggest getting your chimney inspected annually by a CSIA certified chimney technician. Many times, when we inspect a well-maintained chimney, there are usually no issues with the masonry.

However, over time, even the best-maintained chimneys begin to show signs of wear and tear. During an inspection, we determine if there are any damages, loose or crumbling brickwork, or crumbling mortar. These are all signs that there is an issue with your masonry. If masonry issues aren’t addressed promptly, they can become larger issues, which can lead to higher maintenance costs.

The importance of having a CSIA certified sweep

It’s also important to have your fireplace inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep. Only a CSIA certified sweep has the training and experience to detect all the potential masonry issues. At The Chimney Guy, we believe in giving you the highest quality service and making your household’s safety a priority. That is why we require all our masons and inspectors to be CSIA certified.

Sometimes we run across aesthetic issues when conducting an inspection. Over time, moisture and smoke can cause unsightly stains on your fireplace and chimney brickwork. Although masonry stains aren’t usually an issue, they are embarrassing and most homeowners want to get rid of them. Whether you need a masonry stain removed, or need to replace an entire section of your chimney, we can help! Our busy season is just getting started, but we still have appointment slots, so call us at (920) 830-1920, or schedule an appointment online today!