Chimney and Fireplace Care FAQs

Do I need to clean my chimney every year? 

It is important to have your chimney swept at least once per year to avoid the risk of fire. If you regularly burn green wood or use your fireplace frequently, your chimney may require cleaning more often.


Is chimney waterproofing necessary?

Chimneys constructed of masonry require occasional treatment and waterproofing. Chimneys in poor condition will let water seep through cracks and damage the fireplace and home.


Should I seal my brick or stone chimney?

When waterproofing a brick or stone chimney, it is essential that vapor-permeable water repellent be used. A sealer can actually cause damage to your chimney by trapping water inside.


Do I need to get my chimney inspected?

Your chimney needs to be inspected and swept annually. Putting off this essential maintenance can pose a risk of a house fire or potentially cost thousands of dollars in fireplace repair costs if your chimney becomes damaged.


Should I get a chimney inspection before buying a home?

Knowing the true condition of a home's fireplace and chimney is essential information before buying a home. The Chimney Sweep LLC can provide you with accurate information about the property's chimney before you make a buying decision.


How often do dryer vents need to be cleaned?

Dryer vents should be cleaned annually. Dirty dryer vents pose a fire risk and reduce the efficiency of your dryer.