Chimney CleansHaving a clean chimney is not just about cleanliness; it's about efficiency and safety
Q. How often should I have my chimney cleaned?
A. Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents should be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.
This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don’t use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be cleaned at 1/4″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. Factory-built fireplaces should be cleaned when any appreciable buildup occurs. This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home.
Q. What do I need to know before scheduling a chimney clean / inspection?
A. Information that is helpful to know before scheduling a chimney clean or inspection include:
- Fireplace / Stove type – Do you have an open fireplace, wood insert, free standing, directly connected Ahrens liner, or stainless steel liner?
- Roof pitch – How steep is your roof? Calculate or estimate your roof pitch
- Roof material – What kind of material will our cleaners need to work on? Identify your roofing
- Height of the chimney