Your fireplace adds beautiful warmth and ambiance to your home, but only if it is properly maintained and not a hazard to you. Whether you moved into a new home and you are concerned about how old the fireplace is or you’ve been living in the same place for decades and finally want to upgrade your current fireplace, there are some signs that you might be due for a fireplace replacement.

Strange Smells

Do you notice a burning smell any time that your fireplace is in use? Is there a lingering smell of sulfur when you are operating the fireplace? This is common in gas fireplaces that are leaking or malfunctioning. Contacting us as soon as possible is critical. If you are concerned that your gas fireplace is leaking, you should call your gas company immediately and move to fresh air. They will be able to provide you with further instructions, and we can visit to replace your fireplace once it’s safe to do so.

The Fireplace Is Extremely Old

Every type of fireplace has a different lifespan. Prefab wood fireplaces can easily last for three decades, but wood fireplaces that are made of masonry can last for generations with the right maintenance. However, if you have an electric or gas fireplace insert, you might only be able to use it for 10-20 years before it is unsafe to continue operating it. We can visit your property and inspect your fireplace so that you know whether or not it’s time to replace it.

White Staining on the Fireplace or Chimney

If you notice white staining or patches on your fireplace or chimney, it is a sign that there could be issues with moisture. If you simply paint over or remove the white staining, it will not fix the underlying moisture issues. We can visit your property to inspect the chimney and determine if repairs will be sufficient. In some cases, replacing the masonry or the fireplace will be necessary to make sure that things do not worsen. Moisture problems, when not handled promptly, can lead to the total destruction of your fireplace.

Get Your Chimney or Fireplace Fixed Today!

Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing and duct cleaning services designed to keep all your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you are a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of chimney inspection or repairs, we are here to help.