How do you know when to schedule a chimney inspection or chimney sweep? It is important that you carefully monitor your chimney for signs that a cleaning is required. An annual chimney inspection is an essential step in maintaining the efficiency and safety of your chimney and fireplace.
As fireplaces or stoves are used, the chimney and connector pipes collect flammable particles, called soot or creosote. The soot and creosote that build up over time can catch on fire and damage the chimney, fireplace, or wood stove which then threatens the whole house. For fire prevention, schedule a chimney inspection to determine what chimney maintenance is required.
Our certified chimney inspection process
Jeff Rozendal, owner of Chimney Crickets and a Certified Chimney Sweep, developed the Chimney Crickets inspection process with expertise gained from over three decades of hands-on experience and certification training through the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
What happens during a chimney inspection?
Upon arrival at your home, Jeff will begin with a visual examination of key chimney components. If you have a fireplace, he will come inside to visually inspect the chimney by looking upward with a drop light. If you have a wood burning stove, Jeff will look down the chimney from the roof.
A 1/4 inch build-up of soot is the “rule of thumb” for determining when to clean a chimney. If there is approximately 1/4 inch of furry, fluffy soot collected—gauged by looking up a masonry chimney or down a wood stove chimney—then the chimney needs cleaning.
The exception to the rule is tar glaze deposits of creosote, which can ignite an intense and dangerous fire. Even if the creosote build-up is less than 1/4 inch thick, a certified chimney sweep will recommend a cleaning. We do not typically find significant tar glaze build-ups in the average chimney, but occasionally we do, notably with customers who have a new airtight wood burning stove. As part of your chimney inspection, Jeff will explain how to incorporate improved burning habits for these special situations.
Chimney Safety Institute of America standards
When you consider having your chimney inspected, feel comfortable knowing Chimney Crickets adheres to industry standards and the National Chimney Sweep Guild‘s code of ethics. By selecting Chimney Crickets, you will work directly with Jeff Rozendal who is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. Read more about Chimney Crickets qualifications »
To schedule an appointment, discuss pricing, or ask your chimney questions, contact Jeff Rozendal, owner of Chimney Crickets, at 619-469-9944.
Chimney Crickets carries liability insurance and serves homeowners in the following areas:
- San Diego
- Chula Vista
- La Mesa
- El Cajon
- Lemon Grove
- Spring Valley
- Pine Valley
- La Jolla
- National City
- Imperial Beach
- And other neighboring communities throughout the greater San Diego County area