Logo Serving All of Texas
Social

Let us help you
888.748.1930
Home Page

 

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Blog RSS
 
Contact Us Get A Quote Testimonials

When you burn your fireplace or wood stove did you know that some of the smoke that flows up the chimney condenses and becomes creosote that sticks to the walls of the flue. Creosote is a tar-like substance that builds up over time. As creosote thickens, it increases the chance of a fire breaking out in the chimney or fireplace.

When a fire burns in the fireplace or stove, extremely high temperatures are created that can create cracks to form in the flue. The cracks may pose a serious health problem to your family if it allows carbon monoxide into the home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless colorless gas that can be deadly.

To prevent fireplace or chimney problems, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned yearly by a chimney sweep specialist. The National Fire Protection Association has adopted these levels of inspection to create code NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. This is the standard that certified chimney sweeps use when cleaning chimneys:

Inspection 1: If the chimney is easily accessible to the homeowner and they are planning to maintain it as is. In this inspection, a certified chimney sweep verifies that the chimney structure is sound and that the chimney is obstruction free without any deposits of creosote.

Inspection 2: If the homeowner has added a new home heating appliance or changed the type of fuel being burned, the chimney requires a Level 2 inspection. This inspection level may also be required after the sale of a property or an event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. This inspection includes the Level 1 inspection plus the inspection of accessible portions of the attics, crawl spaces and basements. It may also include a performance test, such as a smoke or a pressure test, and an interior chimney video inspection if recommended.

Inspection 3: When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without access to concealed areas, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. This type of inspection confirms the proper construction and condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Level 3 inspections are also necessary when investigating an incident that caused damage to a chimney or building.

In addition to you annual inspections, you may also want to consider a metal chimney liner. They protect the chimney from corrosion as a result of the byproducts released during combustion. Liners are made from stainless steel or aluminum and can be used to repair existing chimneys. They are U.L. tested, and if properly installed and maintained, they are safe and durable. Stainless steel is used in chimneys for wood burning, gas, or oil applications. Aluminum is only used for certain medium efficiency gas applications. High temperature insulation is required to be used in conjunction with the liners to ensure safety.

Posted 8:45 AM  View Comments

Share |


No Comments


Post a Comment
Name
Required
E-Mail
Required (Not Displayed)
Comment
Required


All comments are moderated and stripped of HTML.
Submission Validation
Required
CAPTCHA
Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 
Enter the Validation Code from above.
NOTICE: This blog and website are made available by the publisher for educational and informational purposes only. It is not be used as a substitute for competent insurance, legal, or tax advice from a licensed professional in your state. By using this blog site you understand that there is no broker client relationship between you and the blog and website publisher.
Blog Archive


View Mobile Version
Get An Instant Quote






Refer Referrals
We love referrals! And thank you even more for your continued business.
Policies Customer Service
Self policy service any time of the day, directly from our website.
Newsletter Join Our Newsletter
Stay in touch with the latest events, news and offers we have.

Knowledge and Expertise

About Us 

GetAPolicy.com is a professional, independent agency with the customer in mind. We have relationships with dozens of insurance companies, allowing you to get the right price with the right service.

Testimonials


Our Latest Blogs

Read More Read More Read More
Our Office Connect With Us

Main Office

GetAPolicy.com
6305 Wesley Street, Suite 103
Greenville, TX 75402


Serving the DFW Metroplex and All of Texas

Contact Us Today!

PH: 888.748.1930
PH: 972.762.7660
PH: 903.454.1454
FX: 888.902.1936
Locations
Your Trusted Advisor
 
Home Get A Quote Customer Service About Us Contact Powered by Insurance Website Builder