Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get my chimney inspected?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends inspection at least once
per year.

Should I get my oil flue inspected?

Yes! In order to run safely and to optimize efficiency we recommend a yearly inspection
and cleaning if necessary.

What is creosote, and why is it a concern?

Creosote is a byproduct of combustion that accumulates inside chimneys. It is highly
flammable and can lead to chimney fires if not regularly removed. Regular cleaning
helps prevent creosote buildup.

What is a chimney liner, and why is it important?

A chimney liner is a protective barrier inside the chimney that helps contain
combustion byproducts and protects the chimney walls. It is crucial for safety and
efficiency, and damaged liners should be repaired or replaced right away.

How can I prevent water damage to my chimney?

Installing a chimney cap, which covers the top chimney opening, is an effective way to
prevent water entry. Additionally, applying a water repellent to the chimney exterior
helps protect against moisture damage. Lastly, and most importantly, sound masonry integrality is paramount.

Do I have to burn seasoned wood?

It’s recommended to burn seasoned hardwoods, as they produce less creosote and provide better heat. Avoid burning green or unseasoned wood, treated wood, or
materials like plastics, which can release harmful chemicals.

How do I maintain my fireplace or wood stove between professional services?

Practices such as using properly seasoned wood, disposing of ashes safely, and regularly cleaning the firebox can help maintain your fireplace or wood stove between
professional chimney services.

Why use an experienced company?

When it comes to your safety, relay on our 100+ years of experience, well maintained
commercial equipment and ability to identify potential issues. We never cut corners and always provide superior quality service as if it were our own home!