We Keep Grand Junction’s Woodstoves, Inserts & Fireplaces In Tip-Top Shape With Our Thorough Cleanings, Repairs & Maintenance Services
A well-maintained woodburning fireplace, insert or stove can really enhance your home and serve as a great source of warmth and enjoyment for you and your family for years to come. But like anything else in your home, your wood appliance needs some TLC from time to time — and we can help. We’re certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and we specialize in cleaning, inspecting, and servicing pre-manufactured and masonry fireplaces, as well as wood-burning inserts and woodstoves, for safe and continued use.
How Often Should You Have Your Woodstove, Insert Or Fireplace Inspected, Serviced & Cleaned?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211 states that “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”
When was the last time you had your woodstove or wood-burning fireplace or insert cleaned, inspected, and serviced? While it’s important for appliances of all fuel types to be inspected, cleaned, and serviced on a regular basis, it’s especially important for wood-burning homes because of the byproducts associated with wood.
Wood, especially green wood or wood that’s not properly seasoned, produces a product known as creosote, which is extremely flammable and highly acidic. Because of these two qualities, creosote buildup in the chimney system can cause a chimney fire or cause extensive damage to the flue liner and the metal components in the chimney system.
That’s why the CSIA states that “open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8 of an inch of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Factory-built fireplaces should be swept when any appreciable buildup occurs. The logic is that the deposit is quite acidic and can shorten the life of the fireplace.”
By keeping up with regular inspections and cleanings, you’ll know when this buildup is present so it can be safely and quickly removed, before damage is done.
So when should you have your chimney and woodstove, insert, or wood-burning fireplace swept, inspected, and serviced? A good rule of thumb is to schedule a cleaning after burning 3-5 cords of wood. A cord is a stack of wood 4’ tall x 4’ wide x 8’ long.
What Does A Wood Appliance Service & Cleaning Include?
When you have the experienced team here at The Chimney Doctor inspect, service, and clean your chimney flue or stovepipe and wood-burning appliance, we’ll evaluate the entire system and make sure that your appliance meets all safety codes and standards, and that there is no apparent risk of a chimney or a structural fire.
During an inspection, we’ll check your chimney flue for these conditions:
- soot and combustible deposits like creosote
- blockages and debris like bird nests, animals, or leaves
- damage, like cracked flue tiles
- chimney leaks
Our team will also remove any ash, soot, or creosote, clean all of the components of the chimney and attached appliance, including the glass, evaluate every component of the chimney system and the attached fireplace, stove, or insert, and make sure everything is where it should be and working as it should. We’ll also provide wood-burning tips and suggestions for getting more warmth from your fireplace or stove, and keeping it in good condition between professional cleanings.
Our CSIA-Certified Team Is Committed To Providing Quality Service To You & Your Family
Get more enjoyment from your woodstove, fireplace, or insert, and burn with confidence by making annual inspections and regular service, cleanings, and repairs a part of your home maintenance plan. The CSIA-certified team here at The Chimney Doctor has experience servicing and repairing all brands, makes, and models of woodstoves, fireplaces, and inserts, and we can help you keep your system in tip-top shape.
Call us today at 970-234-3330 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule an appointment to have your woodstove, fireplace, or insert serviced. The Chimney Doctor is committed to providing quality, friendly, timely, and dependable service to our neighbors in Grand Junction and the surrounding communities, and our goal is give you and your family the peace of mind you want and deserve. We look forward to serving you!