How often should you sweep your chimney?
This depends on the use of your fireplace. A rule of thumb is, if you use your fireplace more than 2 times per week in the winter months you should have your chimney swept annual. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that your chimney at least be inspected yearly regardless of use.
What happens if I don‘t clean my chimney?
Dirty chimneys are a fire hazard. There are over 20,000 chimney fires per year. A chimney fire can destroy your home, injure or kill people. When in doubt have your chimney inspected and cleaned.
How long does a chimney sweep take?
Generally speaking a chimney sweep and inspection take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
What causes a chimney to leak?
A water leak around a chimney is a sign that the chimney could be in need of repairs. Water leaks can occur if the chimney flashing as failed and/or if
you have issues with the mortar, bricks or crown of chimney.
Will homeowners insurance cover a chimney repair?
Generally speaking no. However, if you had a chimney fire and a sudden occurrence occurred that caused cracking inside of fireplace, this would be covered by your insurance policy. General repairs issues because of lack of maintenance are not covered.