Chimney FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does ABLE  have certified techs for insurance inspections and/or cleaning?
A: Yes, we employ certified WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) technicians..

Q: When is the best time of year to have my chimney cleaned?
A: Spring and summer. Waiting time is minimal. Creosote from the burning season hasn't had a chance to deteriorate your chimney liner also.

Q: Does ABLE provide more services than just chimney cleaning?
A: Yes. With well over 20 years of experience in the home services industry we've learned alot. If we can't do it, we'll do our best to find someone for you who can!

Q: What if my fireplace or chimney is not fire or building code compliant?
A: It'll be detailed in writing during the inspection which may or may not include a sweep. Possible remedies will be discussed.

Q: Why should I have my chimney swept?
A: To prevent chimney fires and the hazardous buildup of creosote.

Q: How often should I have my chimney swept?
A: The National Fire Code Section 2.6.1.4(1) states "Every chimney, flue and flue pipe shall be inspected to identify any dangerous condition annually, at the time of addition of any appliance, and after any chimney fire."

Q: What is the best method to use when cleaning a chimney?
A: The best method is the European Method (the brush method). It involves the complete brushing of your chimney from top to bottom or bottom to top to properly remove creosote deposits. If it's not swept with a brush, it's not done right!

Q: How long does it take to clean a chimney?
A: Approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on how dirty and how accessible it is.

Q: Does ABLE provide an inspection report?
A: Yes! A multipoint inspection is done with any deficiencies listed in the comment section of the invoice.

Q: Why should I hire ABLE to do my chimney?
A: Conscientious, ethical, and honest and reliable! We try to provide superior service and education for our customers. We have the knowledge and experience to advise of possible dangers surrounding the condition of the fireplace and flue, and can provide valid solutions to rectifying any potential hazards.

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