When it comes to chimney care, we know that homeowners face a lot of questions. And that’s understandable! Your fireplace system can be intricate, and memorizing all of the ins and outs isn’t always an easy task to take on. That’s why you can trust in Wells & Sons Chimney Service to answer your questions and take on any task you throw our way. Check out some FAQs below!

How often should I have my chimney cleaned or swept?

The CSIA recommends scheduling at least one cleaning and inspection per year. This way, you know that your chimney is running strong and that any excess creosote is cleaned out. Creosote can be highly flammable, so you want to make sure it is removed on a regular basis! And if any repairs are necessary, you can get them addressed right away.

Is there an ideal time of year for this?

We typically recommend scheduling these inspections in the spring and summertime. As fall and winter approach, our schedules fill up fast, and we want customers to have the freedom to schedule at their convenience. If you contact us in the spring, our books will be a lot more open, so we can accommodate your specific needs with ease.

On top of this, should you need repairs, the springtime weather is ideal for getting them done. The temperature ranges allow our products to properly cure, and our staff feels much safer going up on your roof! On top of that, since we have more open availability, you can ensure you get all of the repairs done before burning season comes around again.

What can I burn in my fireplace?

The only thing you should be burning in your fireplace is well-seasoned wood. This means it has been properly dried out for 6 months – 2 years, depending on the type of wood you are using. It should make a clear, clunking noise when hit together and the ends will be darker and split. It will also be lightweight, as most of the water should be gone.

If you burn unseasoned wood, garbage, paper plates/cups, or any other materials in your fireplace, you may face fire hazards and creosote will accumulate more quickly. Stay safe and only burn the best!

What should I look for in a chimney sweep?

When it comes to hiring a chimney company, you’ll definitely want to make sure they are CSIA certified. The CSIA holds the standard when it comes to chimney and fireplace safety throughout the country. If a sweep is CSIA certified, you know they are dedicated to quality service!

You may also want to consider their length of business and any reviews or recommendation letters from past clients.

If you’re looking for quality care, trust in the trained and certified staff as Wells & Sons today! We’ve helped thousands of customers since 1979 and we can’t wait to serve you next!