Woodstove Cleaning, Fireplace and Insert
Whether you burn wood in a Pre-manufactured Fireplace, a Masonry Fireplace, or have a Woodstove or Insert we specialize in cleaning and inspecting them for safe and continued use. Our goal at The Chimney Doctor, in performing a thorough chimney inspection and chimney cleaning of your flue, is to assure that your wood-burning appliance meets all safety codes and standards and that there is no apparent risk of a chimney or structural fire, or that you are informed of the risks noted as a result of one of our thorough chimney inspections.
When was did the last woodstove or fireplace cleaning take place in your home?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211 says, “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.” Even if you don’t use your chimney regularly other forms of deterioration and weathering can occur. For example; weathering of metal or brick, animals building nests inside your cap or chimney, sealants used on your roof begin to fail, flashings and storm collars begin to leak, etc…
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that “open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8″ 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.”
Click here to see some of our Frequently Asked Questions about wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and inserts.
Here are some before and after shots of an EPA Fireplace that was Relined into an existing Masonry Flue.
We also perform chimney and crown repairs, apply waterproofing and specialty flashing materials, make custom caps, shrouds, and screens, investigate and repair leaks, and do stone and masonry repair.
Schedule an appointment with a Certified Chimney Sweep today!
At The Chimney Doctor, we are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Your safety is our #1 concern in all inspection, cleaning, repair, and installation work we perform. We consult current local building codes and NFPA211 guidelines and regularly take continuing education courses in our field to make sure that your wood, gas, or pellet burning appliance, and its associated chimney, are clean and ready for continued use.
Scheduling a regular chimney inspection each year will save you money in the long run. Instead of making larger, more costly, repairs years down the road smaller repairs can be made at regular intervals to help to help protect your chimney from weathering and keep your chimney safe and operable.