An annual chimney sweep isn’t just a good practice — it can keep your family safe. Since your chimney is attached to the outdoors, dust, soot, and small creatures can settle in your chimney liner, damper, firebox, and smoke chamber. If this build-up is not taken care of, it can reduce fireplace efficiency and even start a fire.
It is estimated that 42 percent of house fires are related to chimneys and fireplaces. Without proper care, your home could become another statistic.
When to Call a Chimney Sweep
Regular chimney sweeps are extremely important. The general rule of thumb is that you should have your chimney sweeped at least once a year. This annual service can prevent large fires in your home, which can, in turn, save lives.
Sweeps are especially important if you have a wood burning fireplace. Wood creates a residue called creosote. This flammable residue often ends up lining the walls of many flue systems. If your fireplace burns hot enough, the creosote can relight and cause a flue-fire. These fires can go undetected, because they burn at the top of your chimney flue system.
An annual sweep can also help you save money. When your system is blocked your fireplace doesn’t heat your home efficiently. This can cause you to spend more money on expensive heating alternatives. A yearly sweep will keep your system in tip-top shape.
Although your annual sweep is vital, there are other times of the year when a sweep may be required. If you are having performance issues with your chimney, fireplace, or heating system, it may be time to get a sweep. Even if you’ve had a sweep in the past year, variable weather can cause excessive dirt to build up in your home.
You should also get a sweep after you have purchased a home. Although you may be diligent on keeping up your fireplace – the previous homeowners may not have been as kind. A quick sweep as soon as you move in will ensure you can enjoy your fireplace for the next year to come.
If you feel there may be a problem with your chimney, but ready to commit to a full sweep, our certified technicians can give you a thorough inspection – to lead you in the right direction. There are three different levels of chimney inspections, but all include inspections of the same vital elements including: rain caps, brick and mortar, flue liner, fireplace blower.
The most common chimney inspection is level one. This inspection is typically completed a chimney that is well maintained, with sweepings year after year.
Level two inspections are typically recommended after a change is made to your chimney, or if you have just bought your home. This inspection ensures the chimney is working properly and that there is no visual damage.
Level three inspections are recommended if your chimney is visibly damaged. This level of inspection requires intense skills to find issues that are hidden on the inside and outside of your chimney. This level of service can find damage from flue-fires.
Once you’ve had a proper inspection, our team will guide you in the right direction to get your system back in shape. This may include a recommendation of more frequent chimney sweeps, to ensure large issues don’t happen again.
Finding the Right Chimney Sweep
Like any business, not all chimney sweeps are created equal. Unfortunately, virtually anyone can call themselves a sweep; but these untrained amateurs can cause big problems for homeowners looking for a solution.
At CMO, we ensure all of our technicians are highly trained to provide the best customer service. All of our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA. They’ve worked on all types of chimneys and fireplaces, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
When finding the right chimney sweep, professionalism is key to a job well done. At CMO, we ensure all of our technicians carry proper ID, so you know who is coming into your home. When you request an appointment, all of our technicians arrive in a branded car – so you can build trust from the start. Our technicians also take time to listen to all of your needs. When we meet with you, we aren’t selling you a sales pitch. Instead, we take time to understand your sweeping needs, so we can provide you the highest quality service.
Proper fireplace and chimney care is essential to keeping your family happy and healthy. Chimney & Masonry Outfitters is driven by three value-added initiatives: building equity, restoring beauty, and growing peace of mind. Investing in the safety and functionality of your fireplace/chimney is growing peace of mind.
Request an appointment with one of our CSIA certified technicians today!