Fireplace and chimney inspections should be performed at least once per year in order to maintain peace of mind and ensure safety. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a fireplace or chimney and most of them can quickly lead to a disaster in the form of a fire. Taking the initiative to have an inspection performed not only prevents mishaps but can also lower insurance costs with many companies.
It is in the nature of brick, block, and mortar to occasionally crack over time allowing heat, smoke, and fire to escape. While minute cracks and fissures are not a problem when everything is operating normally, but they can be the cause of a major problem when something goes wrong. Taking care of the minor issues while they are still minor is the point of getting an inspection done.