It takes more than just being a mason to appropriately design and build a fireplace and chimney. Actually, most masons who are not chimney professionals do not build or repair chimneys to both the UCC building code and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. The building code requirements are typical foundation and structural requirements but it’s the NFPA standards that most masons are not aware of. The NFPA standards keep your home and family safe from chimney fires, toxic gases, creosote/ soot and corrosive chemicals entering your home.
BR Masonry & Restoration has extensive experience in building, repairing and maintaining fireplaces, chimney’s and associated oil and gas appliances.
Deteriorated or cracked chimney liners and/or structural problems can allow high temperatures, sparks, or embers to escape to combustible areas in walls, roofs or attics. Be aware of the current state of your liner and replace your chimney liner if it is in poor shape or deteriorated beyond functional use.
Creosote is a tar-like, foul smelling, corrosive and extremely combustible substance that is a by-product of burning wood. If no precautions are taken, creosote will coat the inside of your chimney leading to dangerous blockages and potential chimney fires if not removed during a regular annual chimney cleaning by chimney sweeps.
If debris has fallen down the flue of your chimney, whether it’s an animal nest or twigs & dry leaves, a stray ember may ignite the blockage causing a dangerous chimney fire. Before you light your first fire of the season, have a chimney sweep check for blockages from debris.