Strong winds, heavy rains, and cold temperatures are approaching the Denver region. As a result, it’s important for you to know the appropriate steps to take if your chimney suddenly collapses. Keep the following in mind:
- Put out the fire in your fireplace as quickly as possible. Any masonry that falls into the fireplace can push burning wood and sparks into the attached living space. If the collapse blocks the chimney top, smoke can create a carbon monoxide hazard and permeate into walls, curtains, furniture and other porous surfaces.
- Don’t try to assess the damage on your own, especially if it’s windy outside. Falling masonry can injure or kill a person. Also, walking on a roof in any weather can be dangerous if you don’t have the necessary experience and safety equipment.
- Contact a chimney sweep that specializes in repairs. Most chimney sweeps take emergency calls. They can quickly assess the damage, provide a repair estimate, and temporarily seal the chimney and fireplace to keep cold air out of the structure.
Our team at Chimney Sweeps of America performs chimney repairs. We can also assess if a collapsed chimney damaged the roof or fireplace. Contact us today for more details.