If you heat with oil, your chimney should be cleaned and inspected every year. If you heat with gas, your chimney should be inspected once a year. A masonry open fireplace should be cleaned at 1/8” soot buildup or more. A metal prefab fireplace should be cleaned when any buildup is present. Chimneys that have not been used for some time should always be inspected before use. Animal nests and rusted dampers may be problems when chimneys and fireplaces are not used.
The answer is no! The oil service technician may clean the base of the chimney for you, but he does not remove the soot deposits nor inspect the chimney. Soot deposits will rot chimney flues and cause future damage and/or possible blockage. Just as we are not certified to service your furnace, an oil service technician is not certified to clean your chimney (NFPA 211).
Absolutely not! Your house will stay clean and dust free. We use a hepa filter vacuum to control dust. Oil furnace cleanings are swept down from the top and vacuumed at the base where the furnace is. The fireplace can be completely cleaned from below which helps the technician control the dust.
A chimney cap has many functions. The chimney cap keeps out unwanted pests such as raccoons, birds, bats, squirrels and opossums. The lid of the cap keeps rain out of the chimney which can cause internal chimney damage. The screen of the cap also acts as a spark arrestor for the fireplace.
Without a doubt! Although gas is generally a clean burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces can also cause many problems with the average flues intended to vent the older generation of furnaces.