Frequently Asked Questions!
We often get phone calls or Emails asking the same questions. Below are some of the common questions homeowners have and realtors have!
How often should I have my fireplace and chimney cleaned?
It is recommended to have your Woodburning fireplace and chimney cleaned once per year, usually during your basic annual inspection.
Why do I need to clean my Fireplace and Chimney so often?
Every time you burn a fire, soot builds up on the walls. Soot can be flammable and cause a chimney fire. The fire could burn your house down. Sometimes you can have a small fire inside your chimney and may not know it, during this fire, the clay tiles can crack creating holes for the flames, sparks and most importantly, CO2 to creep inside the walls of your house, causing a very serious danger to you and your family. When we clean the fireplace we also perform an inspection. If allowed we will perform a video inspection and send a camera up the chimney to look for this damage.
I'm getting a draft from my fireplace, What Can I do?
We can install a Chimalator also known as a top Mount Damper Cap, this Seals at the top of the chimney very tightly stopping all drafts and making your home more efficient. Please see caps and Dampers for more information.
What are Chimney Swifts?
The Chimney Swift is a medium-sized, sooty gray bird with very long, slender wings and very short legs. It is incapable of perching and can only cling vertically. They nest almost exclusively in chimneys. Many people will mistake them for a swallow or a bat. A nest is usually no larger than a softball and is attached to the wall of a chimney. The Chimney Swift is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Neither birds nor nests can be removed from chimneys without a federally issued permit. Swifts are very noisy and you will hear a lot of screeching from them and their young, but in time they will leave. Once they have left we are able to come out and install a cap for you.