CHIMNEY SAFETY INSPECTIONS

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. 

When should you have your chimney inspected?

The National Fire Protection Association and Chimney Safety Institute of America recommend yearly safety inspections. However, different factors require inspections such as:

-Making changes to your system such as installing a new insert, replacing flue liners, etc.

-You have noticed a change in performance in your appliance.

-You're moving into a new home.

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. 

What is the difference between the two levels of inspection?

Our level one inspection covers all readily accessible areas of your fireplace and chimney. As well as making sure your fireplace/appliance has a proper connection to your chimney

 

Our level two includes everything in a level one, but we also access crawlspaces, attics, and roofs, where applicable, to properly access the condition of your chimney or venting system. This level also includes video inspection, which gives us a closer look at the condition of all flue tiles and liners. If you haven't had your chimney inspected in a long time, the level two is your safest choice!

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Creosote and Soot are byproducts of the woodburning cycle. Creosote can become highly flammable if not properly removed. Chimney sweeping is the process used to remove this dangerous byproduct. 

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After Sweeping, we often expose underlying concerns such as cracked liners. This can affect the flow and draft of your chimney, creating major safety concerns if left uncorrected. 

CHIMNEY SWEEPING

Over time under continuous use, creosote can build up on the walls of the flue and on the smoke shelf, and because it’s not only corrosive but also highly flammable, if it’s not removed from the chimney, it becomes a fire hazard.

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.