There’s an overabundance of information out on the Internet that can help you complete any home improvement project. If you have a gas fireplace or wood burning fireplace, it sure can be tempting to buy your own sweeping tools and clean the chimney yourself. There’s definite consequences to the do-it-yourself chimney sweep, and important reasons why you should leave it to the professionally trained chimney technician.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) offers a nationally recognized Certified Chimney Sweep credential that measures the chimney sweep’s knowledge about the evaluation and maintenance of the chimney and venting system. Every 3 years, the chimney technician must renew and re-certify their credentials. At Superior Chimney, we hold the CSIA designation and display it proudly so you can have the confidence that the chimney sweep is done thoroughly, safely and accurately.
Chimney Fire Hazards
One of the biggest hazards for wood burning fireplaces is the build up of creosote. Creosote is a flammable material and has the potential to catch fire. Our certified chimney sweep technicians have been trained and have the experience in removing creosote and other debris from the chimney. For both gas and wood burning fireplaces, a certified technician can identify other issues and stop problems before they become serious and costly.
14 Point Inspection
In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of our 14 Point Inspection. Click here to view the graphic that shows you all 14 points and where they are located on your chimney and fireplace.
There are 3 Levels of chimney inspections:
Level I – This is the inspection that is most commonly performed in most homes. Our CSIA Sweep will verify that your fireplace and chimney structures are sound, free of obstructions and creosote.
Level II – This inspection is if you have the addition of a new home heating appliance or change in the type of fuel you have burned or plan on burning. It’s also needed if there’s been a malfunction or external event that could have caused damage to the fireplace and chimney.
Level III – A possible hidden hazard is suspected and further inspection is necessary.
The CSIA states that homeowners should have their chimney inspected each year regardless if it’s a gas fireplace or wood burning fireplace. With all of the temperature changes, high winds, rain and snow that we’ve had recently, schedule your chimney clean and check to keep you home and family safe.
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