How often should my chimney be cleaned?
The CSIA.org recommends a yearly inspection of your chimney/venting system and connected appliance. When we arrive at your home, we will determine if your chimney needs to be swept based on the the type of fuel you burn and the level of combustion deposits in your chimney. It is important to have an annual inspection because of the many variables involved in the burning of solid and liquid fuels and their impact on the condition of your heating system.
Do I need to sweep if I burn Oil?
Yes! Oil needs to be swept every 3 years. Oil chimneys are often in very poor condition due to the sulfuric acid that is a by-product of oil fired combustion. Sulfuric acid has a corrosive effect on the masonry (terra-cotta or brick/block) lining of your chimney. Over time this causes significant problems including internal collapse and clogging of the chimney. This, in turn, can lead to a very hazardous carbon monoxide problem inside your home. By sweeping every 3 years you will help preserve your chimney.
When is the best time of the year to sweep my chimney?
Our busiest sweep season is in the fall because that is when most people begin to think about their heating system. However, we recommend a spring inspection and sweep for a number of reasons. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, sweeping in the spring removes the creosote build-up and prevents the strong odors caused by the heat and humidity of the summer months. Any repair work required as a result of inspection can be more readily accomplished during the summer months than the winter months. This saves valuable time and can help limit the scope and cost of repairs performed on your chimney. We are able to offer prompt service in the spring because our sweeping schedule is more flexible.
Do I need a stainless steel liner if my chimney is cracked?
Yes! If your chimney is cracked, the flue tiles have done their job by protecting your chimney, but your chimney’s safety is now compromised. A stainless steel liner comes with a lifetime warranty and can be installed in most chimneys.
Do I need a chimney cap?
Yes! Chimney caps keep out rain, animals and birds, and tree debris. Water is very damaging to chimneys especially during the winter freeze/thaw cycle. A chimney cap can also help prevent certain downdrafts. We recommend a stainless steel cap for longevity.
What is a crown?
A crown is the masonry top of your chimney. The crown prevents water from penetrating the masonry structure by shedding rain water to the outside of your chimney. If the crown is cracked, water will funnel down through the masonry structure and force its way out through the mortar joints. This will cause deterioration of the mortar as well as the brick or stone components. It is very important to have the crown inspected annually to ensure your chimney remains in good condition.