Fireplace inspection includes an assessment of the smoke chamber, damper, firebox, cracking, fire panel, ash container, clean out and fire door, gas starter, lintel, and hearth protection, among other elements. It’s important to have your fireplace inspected by a proven professional with certification, whether it’s wood-burning, gas burning, ethanol burning or electric, a traditional open hearth, enclosed, fireplace insert, direct-vented built-in, fireplace conversion, or mantel electric. While gas fireplaces are far more convenient and environmentally-friendly, wood-burning fireplaces have their own charm, crackling and filling the home with a rich, earthy odor. Fuel type and mounting options dictate your fireplace design, including style, dimensions, and materials used, but all require an inspection as well as the occasional maintenance and repair. If your fireplace has glass doors, HBR Chimney will inspect the gasket material around the door opening. Defective gaskets need to be replaced to ensure proper operation of the fireplace. This is especially important if you have an insert or a wood-burning fireplace, which are meant to be airtight. If an airtight appliance is operated without these gaskets effectively sealing the openings, excess air can leak into the firebox, creating an over fire condition, which can permanently damage the appliance. Fireplace inspection may reveal broken or deteriorated brick lining in the firebox as well. Replacement of the bricks may or may not be necessary depending on the severity of the damage.
Age, use, wear and tear, and repeated exposure to moisture all take their toll on fireplace systems. HBR Chimney’s certified Dallas and Houston technicians check for blockages and fire worthiness, assessing every feature of your fireplace system to ensure that they are safe and up to code.