Here are some signs that you may have had a chimney fire.
Did you know chimney fires can occur in your home without you even knowing? The dangers of neglecting your chimney may have serious, deadly consequences. Calling a professional for an inspection could prevent such a tragedy. If you haven’t had an inspection in the past year, check for these eight tell-tale signs there has been a fire.
1. “Puffy” creosote, with rainbow colored streaks, that has expanded beyond creosote’s normal form
2. Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber, connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney
3. Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing
4. Discolored and distorted rain cap
5. Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground
6. Roofing material damaged from hot creosote
7. Cracks in exterior masonry.
8. Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners
What to do if you find you’ve had a chimney fire…
Once you realized how big of a bullet you have dodged, the next thing is to prevent it from ever happening again. Call your local chimney inspector immediately, and schedule an appointment. Talk to them about ways to keep your risk of a chimney fire at a minimum. They can explain in detail what the causes, and best practices for maintenance are.