What to Expect During Your Fireplace & Chimney Inspection
When having your fireplace and chimney inspected annually there are certain things to expect during the process. If a sweep is CSIA certified you can expect quality service each time because the sweep will follow the procedures and codes set forth by the CSIA. During each inspection a sweep will look over:
Your clearance to combustibles, which is the minimum distance and flammable object, can be either the sides or top of your fireplace or chimney. This is important to make sure that you do not run the risk of a fire due to objects being to close.
Inspection of your firebox to make sure that everything is up to code and working properly, and there is no damage to any equipment inside the firebox.
On gas fireplaces, inspection of the lines and pilot light to make sure they are functioning properly
Inspection of the smoke chamber to ensure there is not an excess amount of creosote buildup. Also checking the damper if it exists to ensure it opens and closes properly.
Inspection of the flue to ensure that there are no cracked or damaged flue liners, as well as no crack in the joints that could cause performance issues in the flue.
Inspection of the crown and cap of the chimney to ensure that water, debris, and wildlife cannot enter into your chimney and that water does pool in or around your chimney causing performance issues.
If necessary your chimney sweep will recommend the chimney be swept and cleaned to avoid creosote buildup or remove any debris in the chimney or firebox.
They will also go over any other issues noticed, that may contribute to performance issues or the chimney not meeting code, and will recommend steps to correct these issues.
They will also go over any other aesthetic choices with you if you would like such as custom caps, glass doors, or spark guards.
They will also provide you an estimate for any work you are considering completing as well.
Having your chimney inspected annually is recommended to be completed before each burning season. By doing so you’re ensuring that your chimney is not only working properly, but also helping to maintain the longevity of your chimney for future years to come.