One part of your home you may have ignored up until now is your chimney. It could be due to not using your fireplace that often, or simply not wanting to spend the money to have it professionally inspected. However, a chimney inspection may be necessary if you notice any of the following problems.
One common problem with a chimney is that there will be a crack in the chimney liner. This allows moisture to get past the protective barrier and get to the exposed brick behind it. The end result is that the brick starts to turn white in color, which can look quite ugly.
You may notice this problem with many chimneys in your neighborhood, but that doesn't mean that it is a normal problem that can be ignored. Efflorescence is a key sign that you have issues with moisture leaking into the brick, which can cause the brick to deteriorate. If the crack in the liner is not taken care of soon, it could lead to a costly repair to repair the bricks. The chances are that you won't get bricks that match the rest of them on your home, causing the chimney to look a bit off.
Another problem you may have been noticing is a bad odor coming from your chimney. This is due to creosote in the chimney, which can potentially cause a chimney fire if it is not taken care of. Creosote starts as a tar-like substance that dries in your chimney along the walls. Once it dries, it is very hard to remove on your own with a brush.
You'll need a professional chimney cleaner to remove that creosote from the walls of the liner. Ignoring the creosote will only cause it to get worse. More creosote will collect on top of the old substance, which is not good for a very flammable material.
3. Pest Infestation
Any time that there are pests in your chimney is a reason to get an inspection. It could be birds that have made a nest, or mice that have somehow burrowed their way in. You'll want to get an inspection done to figure out how they got into the chimney, and to make the necessary repairs to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Reach out to a local chimney inspector for more information on why you would need chimney inspections. You may be surprised that you are long overdue to have one done.