Cool autumn weather has made its way into Wisconsin and some people have already been using their chimneys for a while now. If you’ve already started using your fireplace, but haven’t had your yearly chimney sweeping and inspection, you may think you should just wait until next year. However, there is still time to make an appointment for your chimney’s annual checkup. In fact, it’s never too late to get your chimney inspected!
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) recommend getting your chimney swept and inspected by a CSIA certified chimney technician annually. Annual sweeping is done to prevent the build-up of any creosote inside your chimney flue. Creosote build up is combustible and can be a serious fire hazard if not taken care of. Visual chimney inspections are conducted to make sure any potential issues with your chimney system are caught and dealt with before they become larger. These measures aid in keeping your chimney system running safely and efficiently.
What does a chimney inspection entail?
Once your chimney flue has been brushed clean, a CSIA-certified chimney technician will begin their inspection. If your chimney system hasn’t had any structural changes or previous hazard issues, the chimney technician will likely perform a Level I chimney inspection. This type of inspection includes inspection of readily accessible parts of the chimney’s interior and exterior. This includes the firebox, the masonry, and the flue. The chimney technician will also check for any obstructions in the chimney flue. Once the inspection is complete, any concerns will be addressed. If these concerns deemed critical to the function of your chimney, your chimney technician may want to perform a Level II or Level III inspection as well.
Annual chimney inspections are the best way to keep your chimney running at its full potential while keeping your home and your family safe. Remember, it’s never too late to schedule an annual chimney sweeping and inspection. We can still inspect your chimney, even if you’ve already been using your chimney this year. Autumn is a busy time of year for us, but we will still be able to fit you into our schedule if you call The Chimney Guy today at 920-830-1920 or go online to request an appointment. Don’t hesitate any longer and get your chimney ready for winter today!