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What to do I do if lightning strikes my chimney?

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Troubleshooting Your Fireplace

There could be many reasons that your fireplace isn’t functioning correctly, and we want to help you solve the problem. Below is a list of potential issues and their respective solutions. Note that this list of problems/solutions is simplified, and a correct understanding of fireplaces requires an expert-level knowledge of airflow patterns.

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According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are an estimated 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. Because chimneys are the highest point of most homes, they are more susceptible to lightning strikes.

After lightning has struck your chimney, your first course of action should be to call the fire department. There may not be visible damage, but the strike could’ve caused a fire in the chimney that you cannot see. After the fire department, you should call a certified chimney sweep to schedule an inspection. Lightning strikes can cause a wide variety of damages that require repairs. A certified chimney sweep will let you know what the damages are, and what is necessary to fix them. If you wait to have your chimney inspected, any damages could fester and become a more pressing issue.

Call Emberstone Chimney Solutions if you believe that lightning has struck your chimney. Our main priority is to ensure that your chimney is in proper working condition.


I called this morning to schedule a cleaning when my stove started up so badly it wouldn't burn, expecting to see a technician next week some time, but when they found out that my wood stove was my primary source of heat, they said they'd be out in half an hour. My stove is running like new, and the two technicians made zero mess and were so friendly and polite. And to top it all off, they were great with my dogs and two-year-old son.
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Prompt, thorough and efficient! Starting with the first email I received (within 30 minutes of my email request being sent) all the way to Chris the technician taking care of inspecting and cleaning - top notch guys! You run your business like ALL business's should be - Thank you!
Lori Birchard
I just received the best service from Emberstone Chimney Solutions! Chris serviced my chimney very quickly & was super professional. He took the time to take photos, and explain exactly what was going on! I would highly recommended to use this company for any chimney repairs!! Thank you so much for your help!

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