Chimney inspections are not exclusive to fireplace/woodstove chimneys.
Have your oil/gas flues checked regularly as well.
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Maintenance plays a crucial role in a properly functioning chimney. A professional chimney sweep is trained not only to remove creosote build-up, but to thoroughly examine the entire system. Our Hickory Mountain sweeps also perform a NFPA 211 Level I inspection with every sweep. Below is a list of some of the things your professional chimney sweep looks for during a chimney inspection, from top to bottom:
- We check to be sure the chimney has a chimney cap or rain cover. This cap should be removable to allow for flue cleaning.
- The crown is checked for signs of deterioration.
- We examine the flashing. Oftentimes this is the source of any leaking.
- The exterior of the chimney is checked for any signs of deterioration, such as missing mortar, cracks in the mortar or other masonry, loose or missing bricks, etc.
- The flue liner is closely examined. Clay tiles are checked for proper installation and any deterioration.
- Flue connections are examined to be sure they are properly sized and installed.
- The smoke chamber is inspected for signs of deterioration. It should be relatively smooth on the inside to properly vent smoke and creosote.
- Dampers are tested for proper operation.
- The firebox is checked for signs of deterioration.
- We make sure grates, doors and screens are in place and in good repair.
- The hearth is checked for clearance to combustibles. In fact, this is a critical issue throughout the venting system.
- We follow NFPA 211 code guidelines and recommend procedures to make your system meet these code standards.
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