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Chimneys

 




In today’s post let's get down and dirty with Chimneys. We all understand how important it is to maintain a home but most homeowners forget about their roofing and chimneys. Homeowners don’t understand the frequency at which you should clean your chimney and it all depends on several factors, including the type of fuel you use, the appliance connected to the chimney, and how often you use it. Here are some general guidelines : 


* Wood-burning stoves & fireplaces: When it comes to the use of your wood-burning appliance frequently, it’s recommended to have the chimney cleaned at least once a year. However if you burn a lot of wood or use the fireplace regularly, more frequent cleanings may be necessary. 


* Pellet Stoves: Pellet stoves are different because it generally requires less frequent cleaning compared to wood-burning stoves. However, it’s still advisable to check and clean at least once a year. 

* Gas Appliance: Gas appliances typically produce fewer creosote deposits than wood-burning appliances, but they can still accumulate debris and blockages. It’s always a good idea to have the chimney inspected annually, and cleaning can be done as needed. Be sure to contact a chimney company when it comes to this.

* Oil & Coal Appliances: Did you know oil and coal appliances tend to produce more soot and debris than gas appliances. Yearly inspections and cleanings are generally recommended. 


* Frequency based on usage: If you use your heating appliance infrequently, you may be able to stretch the time between cleanings. However, even if you use it on occasion, we recommend an annual inspection to still be advisable. 


* Visual inspection: Regularly inspect your chimney for signs of creosote buildup, blockages, or other issues. If you notice any problems it’s important to address them promptly. 


At the end of the day you should all keep in mind that these are general recommendations, and your specific situation may warrant more or less frequent cleanings. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional chimney sweep or a certified technician who can assess your specific situation and provide personalized advice. Regular chimney maintenance is essential to ensure safe and efficient operation and to prevent the risk of chimney fires. 

Well that’s it for this week. This has been another educational blog for all your homeowners. I hope this helps you understand the importance of Chimneys and their maintenance. Give us a call today if you’re in need of a home inspection. Signing off! 


Rob Byrne

Higher Elevation Home Inspections LLC 

516.509.9091

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