Chimney inspections are a consistent part of what we do at Ashbusters, because inspections are a key part of ensuring that our clients are able to enjoy a chimney system that’s performing at the levels of safety and efficiency they expect and need.
When we inspect your chimney, we take a close look at every component, from the chimney cap down through the firebox, looking for signs of damage or wear that might affect the system’s ability to vent properly, keep out moisture and/or protect against high heat. If we find issues, we recommend and complete the repairs necessary to get your chimney back to top shape.
Not sure if it’s time to schedule your chimney inspection? Take a look at the list below.
It Might Be Time To Schedule Your Chimney Inspection If…
You See Signs Of Moisture
It’s not always obvious to a homeowner that moisture is getting into their chimney — sometimes the signs of small chimney leaks are only evident when Ashbusters technicians get a close look at the system using tools and video scanning cameras. So if you do see signs of moisture damage — discoloration in or around your chimney, rust on your chase cover, mold growth — it’s important to have a professional inspect your chimney as soon as possible.
You Smell A Musty Odor In Or Around Your Chimney
Moisture infiltration often leads to mold, and mold has a strong, musty odor that we all know pretty well — it’s the unmistakable scent you notice immediately in a damp basement. If your chimney system has been swept and is functioning properly, without any moisture infiltration, you shouldn’t be smelling anything strong or unpleasant. If you notice an odor, call Ashbusters — it’s time for an inspection.
Your Fireplace Is Smoking
A well-venting chimney takes smoke and other byproducts up and out as you use it. If smoke is coming into your living area (and you’re sure that your flue is open and you’re using thoroughly dried cordwood), there’s likely a problem in your system. It might be that you’re overdue for a chimney sweeping, or it could be that your flue is blocked. An inspection can reveal the issue, and allow Ashbusters to remedy it.
It’s Been More Than A Year Since Your Last Inspection
As CSIA-certified chimney professionals, our work is guided by The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211, which ensures that we’re following the best practices for chimney system efficiency, performance and safety. That standard includes a requirement: “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.”
If it’s been more than a year since your last chimney inspection, give us a call — we truly value our clients, and want to do everything we can to help you enjoy your chimney system without worry.
Ashbusters is proud to serve clients in Charleston and the surrounding areas. If you’re overdue for a chimney inspection, think you may have a chimney problem or just have questions about your chimney’s care, give us a call — we’re always here to help!