It is vitally important to keep your chimney clean and in good working order from top to bottom. This will keep you and your family safe as well as saving you money on costly chimney repairs in the long run.

People often consider roof repairs, but the humble chimney – one of the most recognisable features of any traditional house, is often overlooked. From country cottages to city centre townhouses, there are chimneys up and down the UK that urgently need an inspection.

If left unchecked, a poorly maintained chimney can cause damage to your home beyond the chimney itself.

The first stage of any maintenance operation should be a visual inspection. This is done by sending a camera along the full length of your chimney and checking for any blockages such as tar, creosote and even birds nests. As well as preventing your chimney from exhausting properly, they can even cause a fire in extreme cases.

The next thing we check for are cracks in the masonry of your chimney. These can cause your chimney stack to be unstable and even fall. Cracks can also lead to the ingress of moisture into the building, leading to problems such as damp and rot.

Summer is the best time to have your chimney inspected. Blockages within the chimney can be removed with relative ease and if caught early enough, cracks within the masonry can be filled without the need for a larger, more costly repair. Should a full chimney rebuild be necessary, you wouldn’t want to spend Christmas in the cold – would you?

Acorn Property Improvements are leaders in roofing, guttering and chimney services in Cambridge and will gladly inspect your chimney for any of the issues mentioned above.