A properly working fireplace is key for both energy efficiency and safety. But how do you see all the way up a dark chimney when looking for damage, nests and other obstructions? The simplest thing is to place a mirror on the inside base of your fireplace and shine a powerful flashlight directly on the mirror. The light will be reflected up, allowing you to see almost to the top and spy any cracks or blockages. And don’t forget to look for creosote buildup on the sides. Creosote is a tarlike substance that should be removed by a professional.
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