Who doesn’t love sitting by the fire? The flickering light, crackling sounds, warmth, distinctive smell, and sophisticated look are among the many privileges of having a fireplace at home.
But did you know that fireplace chimneys need to be cleaned and maintained just like any other piece of equipment in the home? The good thing is that it’s worth the investment. We promise!
If you’re aiming to bring a new hearth into your home or simply need to upgrade or repair your existing fireplace, we have the inside scoop on the chimney basics that everyone should know.
Arm yourself with knowledge and read the 6 most important questions to ask before hiring a chimney company.
- How long has your chimney company been in business?
- What are people saying?
- Does your chimney contractor employ trained and certified technicians?
- Do they carry proper insurance?
- What type of chimney examination do they perform?
- How often should I clean my chimney?
1. How long has your chimney company been in business?
A chimney contractor is an expert in all aspects of chimney cleaning, sweeping, and maintenance. When it comes to your fireplace and chimney, there is no room for error, so you must trust the professional you decide to hire.
It’s important to hire a qualified chimney sweep because a chimney that isn’t properly cleaned, inspected, and repaired as needed, can become a severe fire hazard.
Before choosing a chimney company, make sure you know how much experience they have and how many years they’ve been in the business. A legitimate company will ensure the success of the work you hire them to perform and will be devoted to bringing you the results you expect.
Eco Grizzly is a family-owned business with over 13 years in the industry and we pride ourselves in setting the bar high to surpass our customer’s expectations.
2. What are people saying?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends you have your chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning appliances inspected at least once a year, so it’s a good idea to build a solid and trustworthy relationship with your chimney company.
There’s nothing that will get you closer to the truth than other people’s experiences. Before getting any service done, make sure you check customer reviews to give you insight, confidence, and peace of mind when making a selection.
Don’t take our word for it! Our incredible customer base has shared their experience, and we are proud and honored that they have opened the doors to their homes again and again. Read the reviews, and more, and more.
3. Does your chimney contractor employ trained and certified technicians?
We encourage you to verify the certification profile of your chimney sweep company to ensure that a team of professionals compromises them. Unfortunately, there are many under-qualified, independent contractors attempting to take jobs they’re not equipped to handle. All of our chimney technicians are professionals who have been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
4. Do they carry proper insurance?
The company should have full coverage insurance against damage that may occur to your home or any workers involved in the work. It is unlikely that you will need to worry about insurance. Still, if the contractor does not have coverage and gets injured or damages your property, the liability will be yours. Eco Grizzly carries full insurance to protect you.
5. What type of chimney examination do they perform?
Chimney inspection services are an essential part of homeownership. A complete chimney inspection ensures your chimney is safe and up to code.
A chimney inspection involves assessing the current operating condition of your fireplace and chimney system. The goal is to identify any buildup on the chimney walls, blockages in the chimney itself, the level of cleaning it requires, and any repairs.
The three levels of chimney inspection you should expect are:
Level 1: a visual check of the fireplace and chimney without any special equipment or climbing up on the roof.
Level 2: includes a level-one chimney inspection, plus a visit to the roof, attic, and crawl space in search of disrepair and the use of video scanning and other special tools. It concludes with a chimney sweep, if necessary, and information on what repair is needed.
Level 3: may involve tearing down and rebuilding walls and your chimney, usually done after a chimney fire.
6. How often should I clean my chimney?
Your chimney and flue should be cleaned and inspected a minimum of once a year, even if you don’t use them often. Chimney cleaning will rid the system of creosote, a dangerous by-product of burning that can catch on fire in intense heat, spreading throughout your home.
Also, keep in mind that your chimney professional should give you a full description of how they plan to clean your chimney and what will be done to protect your household during the cleaning process.
Our modern chimney cleaning equipment removes any buildup from your flue and heating system, and our team of trained professionals is up to handle the most demanding projects.
Fireplaces are a season favorite in any home! Besides providing you with cozy evenings, it also increases the value of your property, and helps you save on energy, saving money and protecting the environment.
Now that you have a better understanding of the ins and outs of chimney inspections and services as a key part of keeping your home safe, schedule your regular sweep for safety and proper functioning.
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