How to Prepare for A Chimney Inspection
As a homeowner, an annual chimney cleaning and inspection is important to avoid unwanted debris and risk of a housefire. But, do you know how to make it as smooth as possible for chimney professionals? There are actually a few things you can do to prep for an upcoming chimney inspection or sweep. Below are 5 things to consider before your chimney inspection and sweep.
No fires for 24 hours
Fire embers and ash can stay hot for quite some time. Our chimney professionals will be in and around your chimney and fireplace so it’s important that it isn’t hot. Our best practice is to advise homeowners to refrain from burning fires for at least 24 hours. This may seem excessive, but it ensures a safe and productive work environment for our team.
Ensure pets are enclosed away from the chimney
We love pets! But when our team is working on your chimney, it’s best for them to be in a crate, separate room, or outside. Not only is this safer for your dog or cat, it’s also safer for us as we’re invading their home.
Make sure paths are clear to the driveway and chimney
This is especially important in the winter. If there was a snowstorm, it’s important that we can arrive at your home and safely get inside. Also, we usually need our truck for equipment so it’s important that we have an easy path to carry our equipment inside. This may also include things inside, such as furniture or other household items. We’ll try our best to minimize mess, but it may benefit covering special things.
Clear out in and around your fireplace
We don’t mean soot or debris (that’s our job), but if you have excess logs inside your firebox, it’d be helpful to clear those out. Additionally, if you have any decorations on the mantle, hearth, or other areas near the fireplace, it’d be helpful to clear those out. Or, at least make sure fragile ones are put away. We try our best to be extra careful, but we don’t want to break anything special or make them dirty.
Compile any questions and concerns ahead of time
Lastly, if there are any concerns or issues you’ve notice with your fireplace, make sure to jot them down ahead of time so you don’t forget any. There’s a good chance we’ll find anything you may have noticed, but it’s always good to be safe.
Ready to schedule your inspection? Call Northeastern Chimney today
Northeastern Chimney LLC provides reliable services such as the most common fireplace repairs and annual inspections. Our team consists of certified chimney sweep technician, which means we can handle uncommon and most difficult problems that arise. Contact us to get just the help you need for your fireplace and chimney. We fix leaky chimneys, repair damaged masonry, install flue liners, clean chimneys, perform chimney inspections, and much more.
Call us at (860) 233-5770 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.