The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney inspected annually to ensure it is in proper working condition and functioning correctly. You may be due for a chimney cleaning or you may need repairs that could be interfering with the proper use of your fireplace, wood stove, wood furnace, pellet stove, etc... Dr. Soot Chimney Sweep utilizes CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) Certified Chimney Sweep technicians that are fully licensed and insured to perform chimney work in Lake of the Ozarks and the surrounding areas. Our professional and friendly employees will arrive on time, in uniform, and in a company vehicle. If you notice performance issues with your chimney, fireplace, or heating system, it may indicate that there is something in need of repair or service which is not allowing the system to operate as it should. If you notice strange symptoms with your hearth or heating system, don't delay! Call to schedule an appointment for an inspection immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage may occur which can result in more costly repairs, or even loss of property, injuries or death. Every year, over 200 million dollars are spent on expensive chimney repairs or fire damage restoration because homeowners were using unsafe chimney and fireplace systems. Don't get caught up in the statistics- choose to get an annual chimney inspection before it's too late.
How Do I Know If I Need An Inspection?
Before the burning season begins and your first fire is lit.
Once you've purchased or are considering purchasing a home. We suggest getting the chimney & flue system inspected. This is especially important if you are unawareof the last homeowner's fireplace usage and care. They may not have received a chimney inspection and are potentially passing on unsafe conditions.
You want to upgrade or change your current fireplace/chimney or add a wood-burning stove. We recommend to get your chimney inspected to ensure it can handle the new changes effectively and efficiently.
Your fireplace hasn't been used in a while. If your fireplace is not used often, animals, birds, other nuisances can find their way into the chimney and create blockages.
If you are not familiar with the use and care of your fireplace, or safe burning knowledge and practices. We have very knowledgable technicians that would love to show you the ropes on safely operating your fireplace.
A visual inspection includes an examination of readily accessible areas of the chimney, structure, basic appliance installation, and flue. A visual inspection will verify that the flue is free of combustible deposits, blockage and/or obstructions. Our certified technicians will visually inspect accessible portions of the chimney and fireplace. This includes the firebox, damper, smoke area, hearth, door, and fire screens. This also includes inspection of the system on rooftop such as chimney condition, crown, chase, cap, etc. We will provide an inspection report to the client that includes basic information regarding the system, and any adverse conditions and/or recommendations. If an email address is provided, we will send the inspection report electronically, for your records.
A camera inspection is required for new customers, and recommended prior to replacement of an appliance, or the relining of the flue, upon sale or transfer of property, or if a level 1 inspection is found insufficient. They are also recommended after a building or chimney fire, or after any event that could have damaged the chimney. A camera inspection includes all aspects of a visual inspection including all areas of the chimney: it's surroundings that can be accessed (without the removal/destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure.) This includes accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements. This inspection includes a camera inspection of internal flue surfaces to investigate any concerns or repairs that may be needed. Within this report we will provide pictures of the inspected chimney system, and any pictures captured of any concerns found or repairs needed within the system. We will provide an inspection report to the client that includes basic information regarding the system, and any adverse conditions and/or recommendations. If an email address is provided, we will send the inspection report electronically for your records.