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The Importance of Chimney Cleanings

The Importance of Chimney Cleanings

Chimney Cleanings

A service designed to remove any flammable buildup (like creosote – a byproduct of combustion) that may have settled along the flue walls and down in the smoke chamber and firebox. A sweeping will also remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris that could potentially spark a chimney fire or block the venting system. Ageless Chimney has many years of experience in chimney cleanings.

Benefits of Chimney Cleanings

Chimney cleanings ensure the function of the chimney. With a clean chimney, the structure will allow all heating appliances to properly function too. A professional chimney cleaning will ensure:

No animals have used the chimney as their home

Debris, including leaves and branches, are removed 

Creosote build is removed 

Chimney is free from cracks and damages

Prevents Chimney Fires

When creosote build up happens, chimney fires can occur. By having your chimney cleaned, creosote will be removed. Chimney fires can also lead to more damage to the structure and overall function. 


Ensures Heating Appliance Efficiency

When the chimney is regularly cleaned, the appliances heating the home will function more efficiently. Creosote buildup from wood burning appliances affect the chimney as well as the appliance itself. 


Chimney Codes

NFPA Codes (National)

Annual Inspection Code:

NFPA 211.14.1 Annual Inspection

Chimneys, Fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year in accordance with the requirements of 15.1

Cleaning Code:


Cleaning, maintenance & repairs shall be done if necessary.

Lining Code:

NFPA 211.14.9

If the flue liner in a chimney has softened, cracked or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion (I.E. heat, moisture, creosote & flue gases), the liner shall be removed & replaced, repaired, or relined with a listed liner system.

Smoke Test Code:

NFPA 7.1.7 Smoke Test

Masonry chimneys shall be proved tight by a smoke test after construction and before being put into use.

FAQ About Chimney Cleanings

How Often do I need a chimney sweep?

NFPA 211.14.1 Annual Inspection Code

Chimneys, Fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year in accordance with the requirements of 15.1


What is level 3 Creosote?

Creosote, a tar like material, accumulates in the chimney flue, hardens and builds on top of each layer. This can damage the flue and chimney, especially if left unremoved being that it is so flammable.


What are chimney inspection levels 1, 2, 3?

Level 1: Your chimney exterior, interior, connection, and portions of the appliance will be examined by the technician. They will look for the basic soundness of all parts inspected and confirm the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level 2: Required when changes are made to your heating system, if the property has been sold, transferred, or if the home has experienced a fire, earthquake, or catastrophic storm. Video documentation and level 1 inspection is included. 

Level 3: In addition to a level 2 inspection, a level 3 inspection includes a more thorough evaluation. When an inspection indicates a problem, special tools are needed. For a level 3 inspection, the investigator will need access to all areas of chimney parts and structure, even if they are concealed.

What Our Clients Say

Below are testimonies from our great clients regarding our chimney liner services.

“We had several Chimney companies give us an estimate for repairing our chimney. Nick, by far, was the most knowledgeable, and explained in great detail the work they would do for us. Nick picked up on a shortcoming in our boiler system, which I knew about, but no other chimney company mention this. Ageless Chimney quote was professional and detailed. They were the only company to call and follow up with us, as well. Their office crew was very courteous and helpful. I proceeded with hiring them to do the work. Nick and his crew were meticulous, hardworking, and did a superb job. Nick and the crew were friendly and meticulously cleaned up inside and out. I strongly recommend them.” – Roy from Long Island, NY

“There is no more knowledgeable individual than Ron at Ageless Chimney.  He is able to troubleshoot issues and propose solutions that will work at the best value for the customer.  In Ron and Ageless we trust, so should you!   He’s the Chimney Whisperer!  I am not kidding!  This guy and company are the best!” – Frank from Long Island, NY


Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Chimney Liner Installation! 

Besides the money saved with preventative chimney cleaning, their importance is significant to the function of the chimney. By using the tips above, your chimney structure will function properly after an annual chimney cleaning.

Between Ageless Chimney and the homeowner, the best solution will be chosen regarding the chimney structure and maintenance. Trust the experts to perform an annual chimney sweep. With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Chimney 516.795.1313 or click estimate your chimney to schedule your free estimate today!