Most of the homes in New York City have some sort of chimney, even if they do not have a fireplace. As a home owner, it is important for you to know how your chimney works and how it should be maintained.
How it works
There are 2 types of chimneys, masonary and metal stacks. They come in many shapes, sizes, and are composed of different materials. Almost all chimneys vent the combustion gases from the home's boiler and hotwater heater. Due to this type of ventilation, the care and maintance of your chimney is very important. These combustion gases contain carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that if allowed to build up in your home can cause a hazardous or even fatal condition. This build up can often occur if the chimney is dirty, blocked ,or just old and can no longer vent the gases safely from the home. If this happens, you should have us do a full inspection to determine the best course of action.
Your chimney also vents the smoke from your fireplace as well. It is very important to have your fireplace cleaned and inspected every year. The build up of creosote inside the flue is a potential fire hazard in your home. Cleaning your fireplace removes the creosote build up and ensures proper draft.