At least once each year you should have your chimney checked and cleaned if necessary, by a chimney professional. If you heat with wood, or if special circumstances of your chimney system warrant it, it may be wise to have the chimney checked more frequently.
When is the best time to have the chimney checked?
If you haven't had it done this year, then now! But for routine maintenance, early spring, after the heating season is over, is the best time. Chimney cleaning in the spring leaves the chimney free of corrosive and foul- smelling soot deposits during the hot, humid summer months. And in the fall, you will be ready for the cold weather.
Chimney safety should be a concern for every homeowner. Each year, lives and property are lost due to improper care and maintenance of chimneys. You can check some parts of the chimney yourself. We will review those below. But other parts need to be checked by a professional.
This is why you should have your chimney checked at least once each year by a chimney professional, and cleaned if necessary. In some cases, your chimney professional will advise more frequent visits.
Since fire safety is involved, let's talk first about the services of a chimney professional; then we will cover things you can do yourself
Checklist for checking a chimney
- Is the chimney structurally sound?
- Was it constructed properly?
- Is it lined?
- Is the lining in satisfactory condition?
- Are the appliances properly installed?
- Does it require cleaning?
- What other maintenance is required?
- Is there a chimney cap on the chimney?