We Provide Expert Sweeping Services To Northern Vermont!
If you own a fireplace and a chimney, you should be having it regularly cleaned and inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep. Luckily, if you are in Vermont, there’s Brickliners Custom Masonry & Chimney Services! We are a locally owned and operated, full-service chimney company that has been serving Burlington and the surrounding areas for over a decade!
Why Do I Need To Have My Chimney Swept?
Every time you use your fireplace, creosote is created and deposited on the inside of your chimney. How? As smoke travels up the chimney, it cools and deposits this organic substance on your chimney liner. As that substance cools even more, it solidifies and results in a caked on substance that will build up use after use. Creosote is made up of particles from the wood and is incredibly flammable. After enough creosote builds up, it can ignite and launch a fast-spreading, dangerous chimney fire. Proper chimney sweepings performed by a CSIA certified chimney sweep will remove this creosote and leave your chimney and fireplace system clean and ready for use.
How Often Should A Chimney Be Swept And Cleaned?
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that a chimney that sees regular use gets a professional cleaning from a certified chimney sweep about once a year. Of course, the best way to know when it’s time to sweep your chimney is to have it professionally inspected an on annual basis. It is best if this is performed before you burn the first fire of the season to make sure that no problems or blockages have developed over the course of the summer.
A chimney blocked by debris can cause major problems, including: inefficient heating, smoke buildup inside your home, deadly carbon monoxide buildup in your home, and even a damaging chimney fire. Having a CSIA certified sweep come out and perform this regular maintenance task provides you with the peace of mind that your chimney is clean and operating as safely as possible. Think of it like changing the oil on your car — it is just part of the process of owning and operating a fireplace.
Here are a few good rules of thumb for knowing when it’s time to have your system cleaned and inspected:
- Once a year before the burn season to ensure your system is safe for use.
- Before you use a chimney that has sat dormant for a year or more.
- If you are experiencing a drafting or smoke problem in your home when you use your chimney.
- When buying or selling a home with a fireplace or chimney.
Why Is CSIA Certification Important?
The CSIA is the educational and governing body of chimney sweeps across the country. In order for chimney sweeps to obtain certification, they must undergo rigorous training and familiarize themselves with the most modern techniques and equipment. Once they pass an extensive test that proves their knowledge and capabilities, they are granted certification. Choosing a CSIA- certified sweep gives you the confidence that the person you have invited into your home will provide you with the quality service you expect from a service professional.
Call Northern Vermont’s CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep!
If you live in Burlington, Essex, Jericho, or anywhere else in northern Vermont and need a qualified, certified chimney professional to clean your chimney, give Brickliners a call at 802-872-0123! We also offer online appointment requests here!