Why should you have your chimney inspected?
From the outside, your chimney or venting system may look to be in good condition. The internal condition can be a different story. Chimneys are exposed to harsh conditions each and every year, and overtime they can deteriorate and pose safety concerns to your home. Flue liners crack and leak. Mortar, chimney flashing, and crowns can leak allowing water to get in and cause damage. Not sure if your chimney is safe to use this season? Have your chimney and fireplace inspected by a CSIA certified Chimney Sweep Professional.
What type of inspection do I need?
We offer two levels of inspection.
Level One-If you plan on using your fireplace/chimney under the same conditions this is our basic inspection that meets the minimum requirements per NFPA 211.
Level Two- A level two is required when any changes are made to the system such as installing a new insert, changing fuel types, changing liner material.
This is also required upon sale or transfer of a property, or if any damage has been noticed due to weather, or chimney fires.
TYPES OF CREOSOTE
1st Degree Creosote: The type of buildup you want in your chimney liner is first degree creosote. This type has high soot content and can be easily removed with a basic chimney brush.
2nd Degree Creosote: This degree of creosote looks like glistening black flakes. The flakes contain hardened tar, and they are not easily brushed away. Rotary Cables are used to remove this type of creosote and do not cause damage to your flue liners.
3rd Degree Creosote: AKA Glazed creosote is extremely concentrated fuel that looks like tar running down or coating the inside of your chimney. This degree of creosote can be highly flammable. Options for removing the most difficult degree of creosote include using a rotary head with chains and using chemical creosote removers.