Many houses have chimneys, and most homeowners know that if you burn wood fires regularly you need to have your chimney cleaned. But that’s not all: even if you don’t use your chimney or if you have a gas fire your chimney will still need maintenance. Gas fires or other appliances that vent through the chimney can still cause buildups.
How often should a chimney be cleaned?
The answer varies depending on how often your chimney is used, and what it’s used for. If you have a wood burning fireplace, it should be cleaned and inspected a minimum of once a year. Even if you have a vented gas fireplace, or use your chimney to vent appliances, yearly cleanings are still recommended.
Does a gas fireplace require chimney maintenance?
The short is yes. If you have a vented gas fireplace (meaning that the fireplace vents through your chimney) there will still be some building on your chimney walls. Also, the top part of your chimney that’s exposed to the elements will still need to be maintained even if your chimney is never used.
What if I don’t use my chimney at all? Do I still need chimney maintenance?
Possibly. If your home has a chimney, the exterior is still exposed to the elements, and will still need maintenance. Your chimney is still an important structural element of your home, and may still need to be inspected, repaired, or even rebuilt.
Make sure your contractor is experienced and licensed in Indianapolis chimney repair.