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Is It Too Late To Have A Chimney Inspection For The Holidays?

Once again, the whirlwind of the holiday season has arrived! While we’re busy decking the halls and making our lists (and checking them twice!) many homeowners forget to get their chimney ready for Santa!

Because fireplaces are used so often during holiday celebrations, it is important to make sure your chimney can be safely used during the season. Luckily, there is still time to have your chimney inspected before the holidays arrive!

How often does my chimney need to be swept and inspected?

Is It Too Late To Have A Chimney Inspection For The Holidays - Ann Arbor MI - Clean Sweeps MIAccording to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys should be swept and inspected at least once per year. Because chimney damage can occur even if your fireplace is not in use, this recommendation includes ALL homes, regardless of if you use your fireplace once a year or every day of the winter season. An annual inspection is the best way to make sure that your fireplace and chimney have not deteriorated or been damaged during the previous year, as well as help you determine what regular or preventative maintenance needs to be done.

What does a chimney sweep look for during an inspection?

Most chimney inspections are done immediately following a chimney sweeping. Doing this ensures that there is not creosote, ash, or soot blocking the flue or any other debris that could obstruct the inspection itself.

For the majority of homeowners, a Level I chimney inspection is all that is needed. This type of chimney inspection is done on homes where the fireplace works well, is experiencing no usage issues, and has not been damaged or changed in any way since the last inspection. A Level I chimney inspection includes an inspection of the accessible parts of the interior and exterior of the chimney and fireplace including the firebox, flue, and masonry.

If any areas of concern are encountered or you are experiencing problems with your fireplace, a more intensive Level II or Level III inspection may be recommended. Level II inspections typically involve the use of technology such as close circuit cameras to examine the interior flue. Level III chimney inspections are the most invasive, often requiring the removal of part of the wall or masonry in order to better access the chimney; because of this, they are only recommended in situations where serious structural damage may have occurred.

Why are chimney sweepings and inspections important?

“A chimney inspection is like an annual dental check-up,” says Ashley Eldridge, Director of Education for the CSIA. “It’s preventative maintenance that helps minimize potential hazards.”

Having your chimney swept and inspected each year ensures that it is clean and safe to use. This allows you and your family to enjoy spending time together in front of the fireplace rather than worrying about smoke, smells, or the many other chimney problems that accompany an unswept chimney.

Regular chimney sweepings and inspections are often the best preemptive maintenance you can have done for your chimney system. An annual inspection can ensure that any minor problems are identified early before they have the chance to turn into major damage.

It’s not too late to have your chimney inspection for the holidays! Call Clean Sweeps of Michigan today to schedule your chimney inspection and make sure your chimney is ready for the holidays!