As we ring in the new year, many of us have made resolutions to improve our lives, and among the most popular of these resolutions are to be more organized, to stop procrastinating, and to take better care of our homes. One way that you can go ahead and get started on keeping those resolutions is to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance appointment with Ashbusters. For over three decades, we have been sweeping and inspecting the chimneys in the Nashville area, and you can trust our team of chimney professionals to make sure you and your family are protected from hazards like chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Our technicians are trained and certified by the leading experts in our industry, which include the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and there is no professional chimney maintenance, repair, or installation need that we cannot provide. We would like to tell you more about our professional annual chimney sweeping and inspection services and why they are so important to the maintenance of your home.
When you have a wood-burning fireplace, creosote naturally develops from combustion by-products, such as smoke, gases, and water vapor, as a residue that sticks to the interior walls of your chimney. Depending on the type of firewood that you burn, the frequency of your fires, the condition of your chimney, and other factors, there could be enough creosote accumulated inside your chimney to block the flue. You also have an increased risk of chimney fires. The CSIA has named creosote as a leading cause of chimney fires because the natural compound is extremely flammable. Varying in its appearance, creosote is either black or brown in color, and its texture can be flaky and crispy, sticky and gummy, or shiny and hardened. No matter what it may look like, it is very combustible. If there is enough creosote inside your chimney, it can ignite a chimney fire if the internal temperature inside the flue reaches a certain height. To be sure that your chimney is not at risk for chimney fires, you need to have it professionally swept at least once a year to remove all of the creosote deposits. When you hire Ashbusters to sweep your chimney, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we will take great care to be certain that every bit of creosote has been removed from the flue so that your chimney is not a fire hazard. Creosote is not only flammable, but it also has a very strong and acrid smell. This unpleasant scent can get worse during the hot and humid summers we get here in the Middle Tennessee region, which is why recommend to our customers to schedule this annual professional chimney maintenance appointment in the spring. After we have swept, you will not have to worry about a stinky chimney in the summer.
When Ashbusters performs our annual chimney sweeping service, we also will do a basic Level 1 chimney inspection. Our CSIA-certified chimney professionals are trained and experienced in all three levels of chimney inspections, which were established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to create specific standards for chimney and venting professionals to follow when performing inspections. Our basic Level 1 inspection service includes checking the condition of the readily accessible parts of the interior and exterior of the chimney as well as the accessible components of the hearth appliance and the chimney connection. We will make sure there are no flue blockages or creosote accumulations inside the chimney, and we will take a good look at the exterior bricks and mortar joints to see if there is any masonry damage that could jeopardize the soundness of the structure of the chimney. If you have made any changes to your chimney and fireplace system since your last professional chimney inspection or if you are selling or buying a home, you will need a Level 2 chimney inspection, which includes everything we do in a Level 1, but we will also inspect the parts of the system in the attic, basement, and crawl space. Another service that is included in a Level 2 inspection is a video scan with a specialized closed-circuit camera. This allows us to see every inch of the interior chimney. You will also need a Level 2 inspection if your chimney has been involved in a chimney fire, seismic event, or any type of weather event that could cause your chimney to malfunction or be unsafe to use. If we discover a hidden hazard during a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection, we will recommend a Level 3 inspection because we will need to use specialized tools to be able to get to certain parts of the chimney. A Level 3 inspection is required to ensure the proper construction of the chimney, and we may need to remove permanent components of the system, such as a wall of the home. Ashbusters will never recommend a Level 3 inspection unless we strongly suspect a dangerous hazard is hidden inside your chimney. Your safety is always our top priority.
Since the CSIA, the NFI, the NFPA, and other national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year before they light the first fire, it can be a challenge to find a convenient date for this annual professional chimney maintenance appointment if you wait until the fall to schedule it. You can keep your resolutions of being organized, not procrastinating, and taking better care of your home by contacting us today at Ashbusters to schedule your appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. We can help you start the new year off with our top quality professional chimney maintenance services.