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When you have a wood-burning fireplace, chimney cleaning, and inspections are essential for maintaining a safe and efficient fireplace system. Let’s explore the importance of both and provide guidance on when to schedule these essential maintenance tasks.

What Is a Chimney Sweep and Inspection?

While the terms chimney sweep and inspection are commonly used together, they are two different services. A chimney sweep is a cleaning service that will remove the build-up soot, creosote, and possible debris from the chimney system. On the other hand, a chimney inspection is an evaluation of the interior and exterior portions of the chimney for areas of deterioration, safety or structural issues, water leaks, ventilation, and possible animal entry.

Why Should You Clean Your Chimney?

Cleaning your chimney is crucial for wood-burning fireplaces. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness and freedom from deposits. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” For wood-burning fireplaces, you have multiple points of concern that need to be checked regularly. Among those concerns are the condition of the chimney, possible blockages that hinder ventilation, and the primary concern, which is the buildup of creosote, a highly flammable substance that accumulates inside the chimney liner as a by-product of burning wood. If this substance ignites, it causes a fire inside the chimney which is extremely dangerous. This substance can also be the culprit of an odor associated with using the fireplace and added allergy irritants.

The Importance of Having a Certified Technician Perform the Inspection

You want to have an inspector that has been certified by an accredited institute. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) meets the highest of educational standards and is regulated by the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, Office for Career and Technical Schools.

While a cheaper chimney cleaning may seem like a cost-effective option, it’s crucial to entrust this task to a certified technician who has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to perform a thorough inspection and cleaning.

At Fireplaces Unlimited, our CSIA-certified chimney technicians are trained to identify potential safety hazards and address them accordingly. They have specialized tools and techniques to locate creosote, soot, and debris in the chimney flue and ensure proper ventilation. Additionally, a certified technician can detect and repair any damage or deterioration in the chimney structure, preventing costly repairs or accidents in the future.

Fireplaces Unlimited Chimney Inspection Services

Regular chimney cleaning is essential for maintaining a safe and efficient fireplace system. By scheduling a chimney inspection at the appropriate time and entrusting the task to a certified technician, you can ensure the safety and longevity of your fireplace for years to come. For professional chimney inspection services and expert fireplace maintenance, turn to Fireplaces Unlimited in Lubbock, Texas. Our team of certified technicians specializes in chimney inspections and repairs for all types of fireplaces. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and ensure the safety and performance of your fireplace system. Visit our website or call us now to learn more about our services and take the first step towards a safer, cozier home.