How often should I have my chimney or dryer vent cleaned?
The National Fire Protection Agency recommends annual inspection and or cleaning of all fireplaces, chimneys and vents.
How often should my air ducts be cleaned?
Your air ducts should be cleaned at least every two years if you regularly maintain your filters in your system. Some people with asthma or allergies may want to clean their air ducts more often to keep the air in their homes cleaner.
Why do I need to clean my furnace chimney?
When you furnace flue vents, it releases byproducts from the chimney that can deteriorate the inside. These byproducts can also build up on the inside of the flue. In either of these conditions, the flue could become clogged due to the buildup, or collapse from deterioration. If this happens, carbon monoxide could leak into your living space.
Why is my chimney leaking?
There are several reasons your chimney may be leaking. It may be leaking due to a missing cap, a cracked or deteriorating crown, flashing around the chimney, problems with your roof or deteriorating mortar joints.
Do I really need a cap on my chimney?
Yes. Caps keep rain, animals and debris from getting into your chimney. Rain can cause your flue to rust and deteriorate. Animals can build nests in chimneys, causing blockages as well as bringing disease into your home if one dies. Excess debris falling into your chimney will also cause your chimney to block.
*Fireplaces and wood stoves are only as safe as the person operating the system. Routine maintenance and cleaning can never guarantee events such as flare ups or chimney fires will not occur.*