The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend a yearly chimney inspection to prevent fire hazards. Most homeowners are under the assumption that they only need to have an inspection done if they burn a lot of wood. Our 2-3 hour chimney inspections are not only to check for creosote build up, but to also find any type of deterioration or problems before they become a safety concern.
Get your chimney swept..... Doctors Orders!
The common product of combustion, creosote, can burn at temperatures up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and can have the same ignition temperature as a piece of paper. Because of this, it is essential to clean the chimney to prevent a chimney fire.
Most masonry chimneys are built with clay tile flue liners. Chimney flue liners are meant to provide a passageway for exhaust gases to exit your home from both fireplaces and furnaces.
By doing an annual camera inspection, we can confirm there is no damage to these tiles. Damaged tiles can result in a loss of efficiency and pose a significant safety risk. Tiles with gaps or cracks can allow poisonous gases and creosote to enter your home.
Our inspections don’t just stop with the flue liner. We inspect all aspects of your chimney, including the exterior masonry and fireplace components.
What to Expect from your Chimney Doctor and Appointment:
When your technician arrives, you will always be greeted with a smile! Your technician will begin by confirming the details of the appointment to ensure that all your needs are met
The technician will then administer a preliminary visual inspection of the fireplace to assess the amount of build up for proper brush selection.
If your fireplace needs to be swept, your technician will begin by clearing a 6-8 foot area around your fireplace. After doing so, a drop cloth and floor runners will be laid out to keep your home safe from debris.
Equipment is then brought into the house and layed on top of a clean drop cloth so no equipment will touch your floors.
Your technician will then administer a rotary brush cleaning of the smoke chamber and lining system. Continued by cleaning the firebox as well as the smoke shelf.
Once the technician is done with the sweeping/cleaning, a closed circuit camera inspection is done to get a full 360 degree view of the chimney liner. Throughout the process, pictures are taken of any problems for proper documentation. After, a visual inspection from the roof is done to check the condition of the exterior brickwork, flashing, chimney caps, and liner. In the event that there is damage or improper chimney construction found, your technician will inform you of all the repair options.
At the end of your appointment your technician will review the inspection as well as any repair options. You can then expect a formal inspection report with photos attached as well as any estimates for repairs.
Please note that all inspection reports and estimates will not be sent until the service fee has been paid.