The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. If you don’t clean your fireplace and chimney regularly, soot will accumulate around the flue causing an inability to draw smoke upwards. The smoke will then be directed to your room leaving black soot on the walls, furniture, and carpeting. It causes permanent staining around the chimney in some cases. You can clean the chimney yourself and save a few hundred dollars. Removing ordinary chimney soot is pretty simple. But if you have heavy creosote buildup, you’ll have to call in a pro. Otherwise, hire a certified chimney sweep.
Your fireplace, when properly maintained, should always operate smoothly. Any difficulties getting a fire started in your fireplace can mean a much larger problem with your fireplace and chimney system if left unattended. Don’t wait, call the professionals at Wolfman Chimney & Wildlife today to get started with an inspection.
Do your fireplace needs service or repair?
If you think that your fireplace needs repairs, it is important that you get it inspected. There are three different levels to chimney inspection. A level-one chimney inspection usually includes a visual check without any special equipment. A level-two chimney inspection includes the visual check, plus a visit to the roof, attic and crawl space. Both levels usually conclude with a chimney sweep. The level three chimney inspection is the most comprehensive and can involve tearing down and rebuilding walls. The most common chimney inspection is the level-one chimney inspection. Please contact us to learn more about fireplace and chimney inspections.