Very, very dirty Chimney after chimney fire! Then you can see what it looks like after we cleaned it.
Many chimney sweeps are not licensed, bonded or insured. Sometimes companies hire “subcontractors” who also have no insurance or licenses. It is not illegal for someone not to have a license if the work they do is under $500, however, there is a danger in having someone climb up on your roof with no insurance. The danger is that if they fall and get hurt, they can sue you.
Today, a customer told me that he had a friend who had a chimney sweep fall from his roof and die. This was 15 years ago. The homeowner was sued.
So before you let anyone climb on your roof, check if they have insurance.
Here is a quote from a property inspection report done by a property inspection company last week on a home in Lake Forest:
“Pre-cast concrete chimneys were built in factories and then trucked to a site and erected, as distinct from masonry chimneys that are built on site with individual bricks and mortar. In this respect, pre-cast chimneys are unique. However, like all masonry chimneys, they are vulnerable to seismic activity, but unlike masonry chimneys they are also subject to cracks that are induced by the interaction of moisture and a chemical additive that causes the reinforcing steel within the chimney to expand and crack the chimney walls. Such cracks can be small, but they are nonetheless subject to stringent repair methods. However, if any crack penetrates the chimney wall it may be difficult to repair the chimney without costly repairs or replacement or possibly relining the chimney. For this reason, we recommend that all pre-cast chimneys be further inspected/video scanned or certified by a specialist before close of escrow.”
It’s recommended that chimney’s are inspected every year. Almost everyone waits until the fall, so it’s difficult for the chimney sweep to service everyone well.
It really makes a lot more sense to do them at the end of the burning season in the event there are any repairs that need to be made before the unit may be put back into operation.
The last thing you want to hear the week before the big holiday party is that there are repairs needed to your fireplace before you can use it.
Here is a before and after video of a chimney being cleaned in Costa Mesa, CA.
While most homeowners are aware of the need to clean and inspect their flue if they use a wood burning fireplace or stove, many are not aware of the importance of cleaning and inspecting their flue when gas furnaces and other gas heating appliances are involved.