Fireplaces are an enjoyable feature in numerous homes, but cleaning your chimney can prevent malfunctions and fires. The amount of times you need to clean your chimney depends on how many times you use your fireplace, what is burned in your fireplace and the age of your fireplace. The cost of this service is very affordable and is a basic step in home maintenance. This is the 15-point chimney inspection we will go over before cleaning your chimney:
- What year was your home built?
- How often do you have a fire during the cold months?
- When is the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke detectors?
- Do you ever notice smoke escaping from your fireplace when you first start a fire?
- Is the Damper difficult to open?
- Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in the home?
- Do you ever hear animal noises in your chimney?
- Firebox: All embers removed. Checked all sides for cracks or loose mortar.
- Damper: Inspected with flashlight for proper opening and closing and checked for rust and cracks.
- Smoke Shelf: Thoroughly cleaned
- Flue: Cleaned and inspected for creosote
- Chimney Cap: Checked for damage from storms. Checked for loose or missing screws.
- Chimney Flashing: Checked to see if securely attached.
- Chimney Crown: Checked for cracks or loose mortar
- Smoke detectors: Operational and batters (2) changed if over 6 months.
Call us at 405-329-8999 if you need to get your chimney cleaned!