In some cases, it is relatively easy to determine when a fireplace is not operating properly.
For example, smoke stains above the fireplace opening are an indication of spillage. The smoke spilling from the fireplace may happen infrequently or it might happen every time the fireplace is lit. It could be the result of a flue that is either too small, a chimney that is too short or has offsets or some other restriction. Many homeowners expect a fireplace to smoke from time to time, which is why you often hear “I just love the way it smells when I burn my fireplace”. This is not a fireplace that is venting properly while the homeowner may think it is normal.
Most homeowners do not understand the details of fireplace construction and the clearance requirements. That is why there is a need for CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps to perform those inspections. The inspection process requires much more skill than simply sweeping the chimney. Based on the individual attitude and preferences of individual inspectors, it is quite possible to receive varying inspection reports on the same chimney. Most importantly, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps, as reliable professionals, should be relied upon to be able to discuss their findings and present options in a way which will allow you, the homeowner, to make an informed decision about your chimney.
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