The Problems With Unlined Chimney Flues

The Problems With Unlined Chimney Flues

What is a liner, and why do I need one? That’s a common question I hear. Briefly, a liner is placed within a chimney to guide the noxious and caustic by-products of combustion out of your home as smoothly as possible without interacting with the brickwork of the...
Why Do You Charge for Inspections?

Why Do You Charge for Inspections?

“Aren’t you just looking at it?” That’s what I hear from customers when I tell them I have a small fee for my initial inspection. Well, the short answer is yes. When I’m performing a Level One inspection, I am ‘just looking at it’. That’s NFPA211’s definition of a...
How Often Should I Have My Chimney Swept?

How Often Should I Have My Chimney Swept?

That’s a trickier question than you think it is. NFPA211, the standard for our industry, says that all flues should be inspected annually and cleaned* as needed. That’s a great idea and fantastic job security for chimney sweeps, but not always realistic for everyone....