So You're "Expecting" A Chimney Sweep

You’ve made the plunge to home ownership and you have prioritized your family’s safety.
And, you enjoy a cozy fire all winter long.
This means you’ve scheduled a chimney sweep …or you are thinking about it.
Congratulations! This is a key step in ensuring your home’s safety. Your chimney sweep appointment is more than just a sweep, it’s an inspection of your flue, furnace, heat venting and chimney.
I want you to feel comfortable with the process, so I thought I would walk you through what to expect so nothing catches you by surprise.
 
  *Things To Do Before Your Chimney Sweep Arrives*
 
Please clear the area around the fireplace. This includes removing unburned wood from the firebox and delicate items from the hearth and mantel.
Put your pets in a contained area, if they are easily startled or don’t like service workers in your home.
Most likely, you will be getting a Level 1 Inspection. If your fireplace has maintained regular use with consistent conditions and your appliances haven’t been modified, then the minimum Level 1 Inspection will be performed. The CSIA has set guidelines for a Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Inspection criteria here.
Consider this a doctor’s appointment for your chimney. I will also talk to you about your usual routine and usage of your fireplace and heating appliances. If you have any questions, this is a great time to bring it up.
I will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the heating appliances and chimney connections.I will look for soundness of chimney structure and flue as well as the venting system installation and appliance connections. I will look to ensure that the chimney is obstruction-free and combustible deposit free.
If your heating system was modified for a new fuel type, chimney was relined or the heating vents were moved for a home improvement project, you might need a Level 2 inspection.
                                    * When I Arrive *
 
When I arrive at your home, I will tarp the work area and assist you in moving items out of the area, if necessary.
The chimney will then be evaluated and inspected. During the cleaning, a special dust collection vacuum will run during the cleaning process.

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