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Why have your chimney inspected?

Your chimney plays a vital role in keeping you and your family safe: its job is to contain harmful byproducts coming from your fireplace, stove and heating appliances — gases, smoke, tar fog, unburned wood particles — and to transport those harmful elements outside your home.

But without proper care and maintenance, a lot can go wrong. As those heated byproducts flow up the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs, resulting in a residue called creosote. Creosote is highly combustible, and can result in chimney fires. Cracks in chimneys can leak carbon monoxide and other harmful gases into your home, putting you and your family and friends at risk.

Proper inspections will keep you informed of your chimney’s state, and aware of whether it needs to be serviced, repaired or restored. Knowing what maintenance is needed, and getting that maintenance taken care of properly and efficiently, will keep your home and your loved ones safe and warm.

When to have Your Chimney Inspected

We recommend having a chimney inspection performed annually by a certified chimney sweep — the same recommendation you’ll find from the National Chimney Sweeping Guild, the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association. It’s also stated that chimneys should be inspected every year and swept as needed in the National Fire Protection Association 211 code (Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances). We follow the code, and sweep each chimney every time we inspect it.

How We Inspect Your Chimney

Simply put, our focus is on doing the inspection right, from start to finish.

Many chimney sweeps, for many years, have been relying on a bright flashlight, their feelings and experience to gauge the condition of a chimney and its maintenance needs. But doing it right means a much closer, much more detailed look. The only way to truly see the inside of your chimney is to crawl inside the flue with a digital camera, or use the trusted, cutting-edge chimney camera technology that we use on every single inspection.

Our certified chimney sweeps use the Chim-Scan® camera system and the Wohler Vis2000-Pro to properly inspect and document your chimney, and share what those cameras find, so you can make informed decisions about our recommendations. We want you to see what we see inside your chimney, because we believe our customers value an honest, detailed inspection.

We also sweep every chimney we inspect. Even dust will hide cracks, and our experience tells us that a swept chimney allows for a proper, thorough and safe chimney inspection. Even if a customer just wants us to sweep the chimney, we still inspect it when we’re done. And at no additional cost, we test for excess levels of carbon monoxide at every inspection. We think it’s the right thing to do to ensure the safety of your family and home, and the right way to conduct our business.

Call us now to make an appointment and ensure that your chimney is in top shape!


If your chimney inspection shows you need chimney or masonry repairs, you don’t have to worry about it because that is all part of Billy Sweet Chimney Sweeps complete chimney services.

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