Chimney Cleaning and Inspection
It may be unclear as to how often you should have your chimney and flue inspected, cleaned, and the process involved. If you use your fireplace often you may want to have your chimney inspected every few months. If you do not use your fireplace often the National Fire Protection Association Standard states that, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Clearing, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” It’s also a good idea to have your chimney inspected even if you do not use it often to remove any animals that may have built a home in the flue, or to remove any other kind of debris that may have fallen. Most importantly it is a good idea to have you chimney checked and cleaned to remove any creosote each year. Creosote is flammable and can cause a fire in the chimney if not properly clean and removed.
Having a professional, like TJ’s Chimney Service, is an easy process. Professionals can inspect a variety of chimneys including oil, wood, and gas. During the inspection professionals, like TJ’s Chimney Service, will not only clean the chimney but will inspect the chimney and check for any problems that could restrict the functionality of the chimney. With each inspection you will also receive a recommendation as to what is needed to improve the performance of your chimney.
Professionals will also check for water damage or leaks in or around your chimney. Water damage can be fixed by rebuilding the walls of the chimney or fixing the source of the leak. No matter what the outcome a professional chimney service is able to assess the condition of your chimney and flue and recommend the right services to get your chimney working at its highest level of performance.