For the safety and effective functioning of a chimney, Chimney inspection and cleaning is needed. The first step starts with the ash and debris removal from the fire box. One must make sure to brush the sides as well as bottom of the box with broom or brush. Then the ash is thrown. Then open the glass doors and screen which are present and place a cardboard in the firebox. Check if the damper is closing and opening properly.
Cleaning from chimney is important
Make sure to place a cardboard in the firebox, so that you can protect the room from the ash which drops from the chimney. Then climb a ladder and check the chimney where it projects. Remove the rain cover or screen which is present on it. But one must be sure to have the flashing material so that they can reattach it again. Using a brush, brush the sides and clean it. The chimney and the roof adjoin in a place, there will be flashing at this place is sometimes covered with debris. This can cause leakage so it is better to look at this. After this, one can get down the ladder and return to the fireplace. This inspection can be done by any one.
Experts inspect the interior
But it is sometimes difficult to inspect the chimney and in that case, one can hire an expert. Then there are experts who inspect in level one where, the chimney is under the service and condition. The expert will check the sounds of the chimney and fuel. He also checks for the connections as well as the installation.
It is necessary for the expert to check and see that the chimney is free from debris. If the chimney has any changes in the system then, level two inspection will be done. The changes can be any type. They can be fuel change, change in the shape and material. Sometimes parts may also have to be replaced. Level two inspection will include the procedures in level one and along with it they access the exterior as well as interior of the chimney. Generally video inspection will be done for internal surfaces. The level three inspection is needed and it included the inspection in all the areas. They also remove the components of the chimney if required. It is for accessing the areas to inspect the chimney. As a normal person cannot access the internal parts, it is always best to approach a chimney services and hire a certified expert to inspect the chimney.