Chimney Sweep & Inspection
Lighting a fire in your home can be dangerous, even in your fireplace, if it not properly maintained.
- Even though you might not have used your fireplace as much as normal, or at all, you should have it inspected and swept on an annual basis as there are things other than creosote that can cause your system to malfunction and cause a chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
- There are all potential dangers that have nothing to do with burning a fire in the fireplace like animals and debris.
- There are three different levels of chimney inspections and choosing the right one can make all the difference.
Just had Winston’s out again to do an annual inspection/cleaning of the wood stove insert they installed last year. Ryan and Bill did an excellent job–quick, efficient, and they kept everything clean. Ryan also gave me some tips on using the insert since we’re still relatively new at it. I can’t recommend Winston’s enough. They do a great job and we’ll be using them in the future for inspections and cleanings.Mariane Mears
The 3 Levels of Inspection
We offer three levels of inspection based off of your needs.
Level 1 Chimney Inspection
Recommended if you have not changed – and do not plan to change – your heating appliance or system. This level is considered appropriate during an annual service visit or some light masonry repair estimates.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection
This level is required when any change is made to your system or when you replace an appliance with another of a dissimilar type or efficiency level. It is also required upon the sale or transfer of property. This is the suggested level of inspection when an operating malfunction or external event is likely to have caused damage to the chimney or appliance. This level normally includes a video camera inspection or other means necessary to document the interior condition of the chimney.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection
A level 3 inspection is conducted only after a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection indicates a hazard in concealed portions of the chimney and flue. It involves the removal, and possibly destruction, of portions of the chimney or building structure, as necessary.
No Mess Guarantee
The number one concern about having your chimney swept is the mess. Good news …THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO MESS! See below for an overview of our process to protect your home during our visit to sweep your chimney.
Our Process Protects Your Home
1. We lay tarps in front of the fireplace to protect your carpet and floor then set up a large vacuum to collect the soot and creosote accumulated during sweeping.
2. We sweep the inside of your chimney, from the firebox floor to the chimney top, and if possible from the top down as well.
3. We clean, inspect and adjust the damper and damper assembly.
4. We use brushes on rods to sweep the flue, hand brushes for the firebox and smoke chamber, and a large vacuum to control the debris.
5. We do an inspection of the outside of the chimney, checking the mortar work, brickwork, and crown and inspect the flue interior. Any damage or needed repairs we find are documented on video or with digital photos that can be sent to you via email.
6. When we are finished we will leave you with a copy of the written evaluation or, in some cases, send you a word document or pdf file via email.
How Long Does It Take
Depending on the unit and access to the chimney, the process can be performed in as little as 30 minutes or up to an hour and a half.