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Chimney Cleaning & Maintenance FAQs

In this section, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about chimney cleaning and maintenance. From the frequency of cleaning to the signs that indicate it’s time for a cleaning, we will provide information to help you keep your chimney functioning safely and efficiently. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned chimney user, this information will help you understand the importance of proper chimney care and what to expect during a chimney cleaning. Keep reading to learn more!


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Our top frequently asked questions.

It is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to have your chimney inspected once a year and cleaned if necessary. If you burn a lot of wood or have a creosote buildup, it may need to be cleaned more frequently.

A chimney inspection includes a thorough evaluation of the chimney structure, flue, and firebox. The inspector will check for signs of wear, damage, and other potential hazards such as creosote buildup, loose bricks, or a damaged flue liner.

A professional chimney sweep can help you determine if your chimney needs repairs. Some signs that repairs are necessary include cracks in the chimney structure, loose or missing bricks, or a damaged flue liner.

Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood that can buildup in the chimney and create a fire hazard. It is important to have your chimney cleaned to remove the buildup and reduce the risk of a chimney fire.

While you can attempt to clean your chimney yourself, it is recommended to hire a professional chimney sweep. They have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to safely and effectively clean your chimney.

A chimney video scan is a video inspection of the inside of your chimney using a special camera. This allows the chimney sweep to identify any potential problems such as cracks, leaks, or blockages that cannot be seen from the outside.

Wood-burning stoves need to be inspected and cleaned annually by a professional chimney sweep. The chimney sweep will check for any damage or buildup, clean the stove and chimney, and make any necessary repairs.

Flue caps are covers that are placed on the top of the chimney to prevent rain, animals, and debris from entering the chimney. They also help prevent sparks from escaping the chimney and starting a fire.

Masonry repairs are repairs to the brick, mortar, or stone of the chimney. They may be necessary if the chimney is damaged, cracking, or has gaps in the mortar.

It is important to have your dryer vent cleaned to prevent lint buildup, which can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and even pose a fire hazard.

Yes, many chimney sweeps offer removal and disposal of old wood-burning stoves. Contact your local chimney sweep for more information.

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