Why Is It Important To Clean And Inspect Your Chimney Annually In Westminster, MD?
Here in Westminster and throughout Northern Maryland, we get our share of winter weather, and many homeowners fire-up their wood-burning fireplace to stay warm and cozy during this chilly time of year. While you’re sitting back and enjoying the warmth of a glowing fire, the smoke, fumes, and contaminants produced during combustion are venting out the flue. Since maintaining a healthy chimney is key to safety and performance, its critical to clean and inspect your chimney annually.
The chimney is critical to reducing the risk of fire and exposure to toxic fumes while your fireplace or heating stove is warming your home. However, normal wear and tear, small animals, moisture, and other debris can damage the chimney reducing its efficiency, performance, and safety. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners have their chimney inspected annually. An annual inspection allows our chimney inspectors to spot and repair minor damages before they become more expensive repairs. The inspector will also let homeowners know whether chimney cleaning is necessary. We provide three levels of inspections per the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA):
Level 1: A level 1 inspection is a comprehensive visual inspection of all the chimney system’s accessible components and attached heating appliances like a fireplace or heating stove.
Level 2: This is a more advanced visual inspection that includes a basic level 1 inspection and a video scan of the flue. It is necessary when there has been a change to the fuel or heating appliance, signs of fire damage, and after a significant weather event like a tornado or hurricane. It also required before the transfer or sale of real property.
Level 3: This is an in-depth chimney inspection that includes a Level 1 and Level 2 inspection and the removal of specific components to gain entry to inaccessible portions of the chimney. It is indicated when a Level 1 or Level 2 examination reveals the potential for hidden damage in an inaccessible area of the chimney. The attic, crawl spaces, and basement are also inspected.
Another essential service that a chimney sweep provides is professional chimney cleaning. The Certified Chimney Sweeps at Magic Mountain Chimney Sweeps, Fireplaces, and Grills follow industry-standard guidelines because we know a clean chimney is a safe chimney.
The process of burning wood fuel, and to some extent, gas also creates several contaminants, including creosote. As the creosote accumulates in the flue, it hardens into a crusty, tarry, and flammable material that is difficult to remove with the assistance of a professional chimney sweep. The high temperatures in the fireplace or a hot ember can spark a chimney fire that can quickly spread throughout the home. According to the CSIA, 1/8” or more of creosote in the chimney is hazardous and should be removed. There are over 25,000 residential fires every year, and excessive creosote in the chimney is often cited as the primary cause. That’s why it’s vital to have a Certified Chimney Sweep® clean your chimney at least once a year.
Your chimney will need repairs from time to time. Having annual inspections and cleaning and making timely repairs are vital to prolonging the lifespan of the chimney and its internal components. The weather in Westminster, MD, and surrounding communities can cause cracks in the masonry, flue liner, chimney cap, flashing, and other components that could allow water to penetrate the chimney system resulting in even more extensive damage. Our certified chimney repair professionals will make the necessary repairs and replacements that will ensure your fireplace and chimney not only perform reliably and safely but also look great.
Fireplace and Heating Stove Installation
Our showroom is just a short and easy drive from Westminster, MD. Stop by to see the latest selection of the most efficient wood-burning and gas fireplaces and heating stoves currently available from top brands consumers trust the most. We also provide delivery and professional installation throughout our service area. Our experienced and knowledgeable professionals are here to help answer any questions you may have and recommend the best heating appliance for your home heating needs and budget.
Our certified chimney professionals serve the entire Northern Maryland region, including Westminster, Eldersburg, Manchester, and Taney Town. They have the training, experience, and professional equipment to thoroughly inspect and clean your chimney, ensuring that your fireplace or heating stove will be safe when you’re ready to light the fire.