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Check Out Our Kamp-Rite Camping Furniture for Spring

At White Glove Chimney and Air Duct, we have everything you need to get ready for the upcoming summer season. For any of your outdoor space, we have you covered with our Kamp-Rite camping furniture –  check it out online or in store during business hours.

Make it a Kamp-Rite Season

Check Out Our Kamp-Rite Camping Furniture for Spring - Redding CA - White Glove Chimney and Air DuctThe designers at Kamp-Rite might as well be professional outdoors people because we are proud of the products. At White Glove, we carry our favorite Kamp-Rite products because they improve the outdoor experience. Whether you’re going to the lake for the day, a picnic in the park, camping for the weekend, or staying home for a barbecue on the patio, Kamp-Rite products are easy to store, carry, and use.

Kamp-Rite, The Business

It started in 1999, when Kamp-Rite set out to create unique and innovative solutions to camping problems – It launched the Original Tent Cot. Now, the streamlining and development of this specific product has brought about other products, of comparable quality, durability, and ease. Kamp-Rite wants to encourage forays into the outdoors, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, by producing quality products that combine both comfort and convenience.

Kamp-Rite, The Products

The Kamp-Rite line may have begun with one product—the Original Tent Cot—but now it includes the whole camping experience. The product line includes tents, camping furniture, camping kitchens, sleep essentials, disaster relief products, and camping accessories. At White Glove, we offer a variety of Kamp-Rite products, and you can even tested them all out at our store, House of Fire!

  • Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Hammock – You won’t need a tree for this hammock. It is not only easy to carry and set up, but you can also  use it on rocky terrain, sand, or your patio. Take a load off, because you can lounge for hours with comfort and support.
  • Kamp-Rite Cook Table with Insulated Bag – Don’t add stress to your day by cluttering your car or your space with coolers and cookware. This cook table includes an insulated bag to store your food. Pop open your cook table, and your food will be waiting to be cooked or eaten right there in the insulated storage bag.
  • Kamp-Rite Kwik Pantry with Cook Table – This product is great for a camping weekend or a large cook-out. It holds everything you need! It has a table top for food prep or cooking and ample storage beneath in the insulated pantry cabinet. This unit sets up in  seconds, but it is invaluable for the whole camping experience.
  • Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair with Side Table – It is wonderful for boating, camping, tailgating, and more. This chair offers comfort and convenience. It is also well made with strong and lightweight materials, which will make you want to sit in this chair all day long.
  • Kamp-Rite Chair with Detachable Footrest – This chair is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. It is also versatile. The footrest is completely detachable, which mean that we can use it as a standard camp chair as well.
  • Kamp-Rite Tent Cots – This product is fully self-contained and off-ground; it can hold one or two occupants. These tent cots are versatile; it can be also be converted into lounge chairs. These zippered tent cots only take minutes to setup, and they come with a rain fly and a convenient carrying bag.

Are you ready for camping or barbecue season? Browse our products today and find out what you’re missing!

By Bob Ferrari on April 13th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned For Spring

No matter how long your spring to-do list has become, do not forget the maintenance that will keep your family and home safe. As often as you complete automobile maintenance, you should assess other things around the home that keep you safe–including your smoke detectors, cars, heat system, and clothes dryer vents.Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned For Spring Image - Chico CA - White Glove

The Danger of Dirty Vents

The United States Fire Administration reports there are 2900 dryer vent fires per year, and that they are not a small thing. These fires are to blame for approximately 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and around $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of dryer vent fires is the failure to clean them. If a dryer vent isn’t cleaned regularly, it becomes clogged with flammable materials (lint) and then slows the vented air which is heated. The result is a fire that threatens your property, safety, and your life.

Dirty Dryer Vent Symptoms

1. Your dryer takes more than one cycle to completely dry the clothes.

The dryer is designed to dry a moderately-sized load in one cycle. If it takes more than one, and the dryer is less than three years old, there is a dryer vent problem. Running the dryer 2-3 times for one load of clothes uses 2-3 times more electricity, and shortens the life of your dryer by 2-3 times. Your clothes dryer that should last 10 years will end up needing replacing in 3-5 years.

2. Your dryer is hot to the touch and heats the laundry room while running.

The excess water vapor, lint, and heat should be vented through the dryer vent hose. If the dryer is getting too hot or if the clothes are excessively hot when they finish drying, the vent isn’t working properly. Not only are you in danger of a dryer vent fire, but you will be spending more money to cool your house through the summer if your dryer is heating it as quickly as you cool it.

3. Condensation and microscopic lint pieces cover the walls and surfaces of your laundry room or home.

Like heat, the lint and condensation should vent out the dryer vent hose. If it ends up in your living space, it means there is a clog causing it to back up, a tear or hole in the ventilation hosing, or a disconnection that needs to be corrected. If you have a gas dryer, and you notice lint and condensation in the living area, you may be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning! Call a professional right away to make sure your family is safe inside the home.

Prevent Dryer Vent Fires With Routine Maintenance

You can save your dryer, save money, and save your property and life by scheduling routine maintenance. The clothes dryer is a great investment for your home, but needs to be properly maintained regularly. If your dryer vent wasn’t professionally installed, hasn’t been cleaned in the last 12 months, or has any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to call White Glove for a dryer vent cleaning. We offer dryer vent cleaning using industrial tools that get the job done quickly without making a mess, and we check the vent itself for leaks as well.

Call White Glove Chimney and Air Duct today at 530-221-3331.

By Bob Ferrari on March 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Check Out Our Grills for the Upcoming BBQ Season

Spring has officially arrived, and much of the country is still experiencing some winter weather. Despite cooler temperatures presently, you can still enjoy a great new barbecue grill this summer and have it just in time for barbecue season.

The Best Grills on the Market

At White Glove Chimney and Air Duct we don’t just sell and install chimney products and offer chimney and venting services. We also sell the best barbecue grill products on the market. The ceramic grills, smokers, and traditional grills that we stock, sell, install, and service are the best, and we’re proud of not only the products but the meals that our customers are able to produce with them.Check Out Our Grills This BBQ Season - Chico CA - White Glove

We sell Saffire Grills. This ceramic grill is no ordinary grill. When you choose and use the Saffire Kamado, you benefit from an ancient style of cooking brought right to your door or patio. The Saffire Kamado holds more food, is great for beginners, and is versatile. Chefs young and old and of varying skill levels are able to cook many different kinds of food and in different ways. This grill is great for searing meats, slow smoking, and even baking. Cook meat one day and bake sourdough bread the next. The grill is easy to clean, and the grime that you get from a traditional grill will not hamper the taste of your other foods.

Better Efficiency with Saffire Grills

The grills we sell at our White Glove House of Fire are of the highest efficiency, easier to start and offer better control. They offer better precision, easier cooking, and allow you to use less charcoal-saving you money on wasted food, charcoal, and gas.

Benefits and Features of Saffire Grills

When you buy a Saffire Grill, you don’t just get the benefit of using an exceptional grill product.
Your new grill also includes:

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • High-Quality Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Industry’s Only Solid Cast Stainless Steel Control Top
  • Firebox Access Door
  • Ember Guard
  • Efficiency Plate to Reduce Heat Loss
  • Cast Iron Grate to Prevent Charcoal Fall-Through
  • Secondary Cooking Grid
  • Optional Cooking Grid Elevator
  • Smokin’ Chip Feeder
  • Ceramic Heat Deflector

Your new grill will not be an eyesore either. The craftsmanship of Saffire means a variety of beautiful and sleek styles. Choose from Onyx Black, Jasper Red, or Sapphire Blue. You can pair it with a wood table with a wood top, a wood table with granite top, steel cart with bamboo top, or just choose to use it solo. The three sizes allow customers to choose the best grill for their needs. If you only cook for your family, the small will work for you. If you frequently invite a large group to your get-togethers, an XL will be more than enough.

Still not sure what will work best for you? Talk with the professionals by visiting us at the House of Fire or call us at 530-221-3331.

By Bob Ferrari on March 16th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Why Every Chimney Needs a Liner

There are many parts that make up a working chimney. If these parts are missing or damaged…your chimney may not be working properly. Many homeowners won’t even know the chimney has a problem because much of the system is hidden from the untrained eye. In fact, the largest part of the system–and one of the most important–is hidden completely from view. That is the liner.

The Liner’s Job Why Every Chimney Needs a Liner Image - Chico CA - White Glove Chimney

The chimney liner is a lot like the skin of a human. It provides a protective layer between the heat/fire and the masonry. It also helps with optimum airflow by providing a smooth surface for the flue interior. The large and heat-resistant flue liner has many jobs. The variety of materials it is made up of helps it to do its job.

  • The liner protects the masonry from the fire.

The chemical byproducts produced by the fire are harmful to masonry. In fact, if soot and creosote is allowed to sit on the masonry, it will corrode the mortar, especially during humid weather.

  • The liner keeps toxic gases in their place.

When fuel is burned, carbon monoxide and other hazardous vapors are produced and vented by the chimney system. Because of the porous nature of the masonry, these gases would be able to move through the masonry and into the home without a liner. The liner keeps the gases from getting into the house, preventing smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other respiratory issues.

  • The liner protects the house from heat exposure.

Masonry is a conductor of heat. If not for the liner, the heat from the chimney would transfer to building materials in the house, slowly drying beams and boards, making them brittle and weak, and even causing flammable materials to ignite. The liner’s refractory qualities keep heat from escaping the chimney’s masonry.

  • The liner provides for smooth airflow.

No matter what type of liner you have, it should be smooth, and sized appropriately for best airflow. If the chimney is too large for the capacity of the fire, air can stall and cause draft issues. A liner can resize the flue for best ventilation. An old clay tile liner with gaps and buildup can obstruct airflow. Relining systems like Heatshield can restore a damaged liner to the smooth and durable surface needed for a safe chimney.

Types of Liners

Depending on the age of your home, and the fuel type, there are a few different types of liners that may be in your chimney. Older masonry chimneys have clay tile liners, a cheap option that doesn’t last long. These liners are either repaired with Heatshield refractory sealant or replaced with a stainless steel liner. Clay tile liners are not safe for use with gas fires, so if you’re thinking of converting, you will need to talk to a professional about relining.

White Glove Chimney & Air Duct relines chimneys. We assess chimney liners through a level 1, 2, or 3 inspections, and we prolong the life of your liner and chimney by performing routine sweeps.

Worried about your liner? Contact White Glove today. Call us today or request an appointment online.

By Bob Ferrari on February 23rd, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Start Thinking Chimney Repairs Soon

Do you have a chimney that hasn’t been seen by a professional in the last 12 months? Have you been burning a fire in a fireplace that is visibly damaged, leaking, stained, or missing a cap or other component? Have you purchased a new home that has a fireplace, and you’re not sure if it was properly inspected by a CSIA certified chimney sweep? It’s not too late. Even if you are using your fireplace daily, it isn’t too late to call a professional and have it inspected and fixed before winter is over. Having your chimney repaired can raise the chimney’s efficiency and make it safer. When your chimney is safe and efficient it will save you money in the long-run.  Start Thinking Chimney Repairs Soon - Chico CA - White GloveStart Thinking Chimney Repairs Soon – Chico CA – White Glove

Avoid Winter Damage

If you schedule chimney repairs soon, you can avoid some serious winter damage. Ordinary wear and tear on masonry can become serious damage during winter due to the freeze/thaw cycle. This is what happens when water settles into cracks and voids in the masonry. As temperatures drop, the water freezes, expanding and busting apart the masonry. When temperatures rise, the water melts, moving further into the damaged masonry, and repeating the process. As the freeze/thaw cycle repeats throughout winter, it can cause dangerous and costly damage over time. If you have visible damage or haven’t had the chimney serviced in the last 12 months, you may already have winter damage. Have it checked out now, and rest assured you’ll be ready for the rest of winter.

Maximize Fuel and Heat

If your chimney is damaged and remains unrepaired, it will continue to work less efficiently, even dangerously, for the rest of the winter. A damaged chimney will not work correctly. The air will not flow out the flue properly, causing more deposits of soot and creosote on the flue walls. It raises the fire risk, makes it more difficult to light and keep a fire burning at a decent temperature, you’ll even burn more wood to reach the desired temperature. Don’t waste your firewood, your time, or risk your home, your money, or your life. Schedule chimney repairs now, and get the most out of your fireplace.

Avoid Water Leaks

Damage that goes unrepaired now will lead to leaks in the spring. Spring showers will have access to your chimney, and water wreaks havoc on masonry. It not only damages parts of your chimney system but can also damage other parts of your home. Water will get into your home by way of the chimney and then flow through ceilings, walls, and floors until it forms a leak. Your ceiling may leak several feet away from the chimney, but it will still be caused by the chimney leak that could have been prevented. Water damage is 100 percent preventable, and homeowners rarely see it before it causes damage, so it’s best to prevent it.

When you begin thinking about tax season, spring cleaning, and warm weather, don’t forget your chimney system. It’s a great time to schedule necessary services, including an annual inspection, and a professional chimney sweep.

Call White Glove Chimney and Air Duct for your chimney repairs. We care about your home and family and want to help you get the most out of your chimney system this winter. Winter isn’t over yet, and there is plenty of time to have your chimney repaired, and still enjoy a warm fireplace these remaining weeks of winter.

Call us today and start your appointment.

By Bob Ferrari on February 7th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

More than 20,000 people visit emergency rooms in the U.S. annually due to carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is dangerous for people of all ages (especially infants and elderly), and it is completely undetectable, with no odor, color, or taste. The only way to prevent exposure is to install a detector and make sure it has batteries. A carbon monoxide detector doesn’t prevent exposure, any more than a smoke alarm prevents a fire. A working alarm/detector allows time for a safe escape, and when carbon monoxide is leaking, time is important. Make an escape plan for your family (including two ways out) and practice it regularly. Homeowners can take steps to prevent carbon monoxide exposure, as well.

Steps to Prevent

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Chico CA - White Glove1. Schedule routine maintenance for fire-burning appliances. Make sure your gas range is installed and working properly. Schedule annual inspections and routine sweeps of your chimney system in order to make sure there are no damage or missing parts. If your chimney hasn’t been inspected in the last 12 months, do not use it.

2. Do not attempt chimney repairs or installations yourself. You should hire a certified chimney sweep to install new appliances and components to your chimney system. White Glove Chimney and Air Duct installs, repairs, and services hearth products with professional and expert services. Customer safety is our #1 priority, and that doesn’t mean fire safety only. Regular chimney maintenance helps keep families safe from carbon monoxide poisoning as well. A missing or damaged liner can allow carbon monoxide to seep into your house. A rusted damper can prevent the fire from venting through the chimney, pushing smoke and carbon monoxide into the house. The same can occur if the efficiency of the chimney system drops.

3. Do not use portable heaters or other fueled appliances indoors (unless they are electric). Any appliance that burns fuel or chemicals should be used only according to manufacturer’s instructions. In case of power outage, do not use a generator indoors. The best way to heat your home during a power outage is by using your chimney system that is in good working condition and inspected by a professional.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A carbon monoxide leak can lead to a slow exposure that damages organs over time, or a fast exposure that can land a resident in the hospital with sudden and severe brain damage. In order to avoid irreparably damage or death, get to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. They can be hard to distinguish because they are similar to common cold or flu.
–Nausea and vomiting
–Altered states of consciousness

Severe symptoms can present with a range from mental illness to heart attack. Carbon monoxide poisoning leads to organ failure, and you may not come back to full health. The best way to protect yourself is to prevent it altogether.

Still not sure your chimney, fireplace, and home are safe? Call White Glove Chimney and Air Duct today!

By Bob Ferrari on January 24th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Gas Fireplaces Have to be Inspected Annually

Fall may be over, but chimney sweeps are still busy cleaning, inspecting, and repairing chimney systems across the country. At White Glove Chimney and Air Duct, we service fireplaces year-round, and it’s not just wood fireplaces that need attention. Gas fireplaces have to be inspected annually as well.

Why Inspect Your Gas Fireplace? Gas Fireplaces Have to Be Inspected - Chico CA - White Glove

Gas appliances are highly efficient and come with features that make the fireplace experience a dream! They are so easy to use and maintain that you may make the mistake of assuming they don’t need an annual inspection. Believe it or not, your gas fireplace needs an annual inspection because it is so efficient! It doesn’t produce ash, soot, or creosote like a wood fire, but gas appliances do produce water vapor. In fact, your gas appliance may produce up to 1.5 gallons of water through the chimney every single hour that it burns. This moisture doesn’t always make it out the chimney system and can coat the inside of the flue, damaging the liner, the masonry, and it can even cause moisture damage to your home.

What Kind of Inspection?

The annual chimney inspection is generally a level 1 inspection, but over the life of your home, you may need to schedule a level 2 or 3 inspection.

  • Level 1 Inspection – Required annually when nothing has changed with the chimney system. The system will be used in the same way as the previous year. Also there are no known problems with its function. This inspection includes all readily accessible portions of the system and attached appliances. During a level 1 inspection, your gas appliance will be taken apart, checked over, and replaced.
  • Level 2 Inspection – Required before the sale or transfer of property, after a change is made to the system (new appliance, conversion, repair, etc.), or if the home has endured a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or flue fire. A level 2 inspection includes everything assessed in a level 1, plus accessible portions of the chimney structure. Enclosed flues are assessed using video scanning.
  • Level 3 Inspection – Required when the chimney is considered hazardous to use. It includes all that in a level 1 and 2 inspection as well as designated portions of the chimney structure and building. Parts of the chimney or building may be removed to allow access to a hazard.

But, Which One Do I Need?

Depending on the circumstance, you may only need a level 1 inspection. If you haven’t had your system inspected in the last 12 months, you need to schedule a level 1 inspection now! You also need an inspection if youhaven’t had it inspected since installing the new gas appliance. In this case you will need a level 2. If you’re unsure when your system was last inspected, call White Glove and ask an expert. It’s important to have your gas appliance checked every 12 months so that you can rest assured that your appliance and piping is working properly for another 12 months.

Call White Glove Chimney to schedule your inspection. Call us or start an appointment online today.

By Bob Ferrari on January 10th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Adding an Insert to Your Open Hearth

Many homes still utilize an open hearth for both ambiance and supplemental heat. An open fireplace burns wood, and is often constructed with the house. If you purchase an older home, it may have the original fireplace and chimney. If this is the case, your chimney and firebox is designed together—the chimney sized appropriately for the hearth’s capacity. Despite good construction, proper fuel, and routine care, your open hearth can cause you problems. Open fireplaces lose heat. They can be drafty and difficult to maintain a temperature. In fact, your open fireplace may be costing you money year-round! Raise efficiency and get more out of your hearth by adding an insert.

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Since an insert is a closed unit, it works like a stove, using more of the heat for the home. It burns cleaner and works more efficiently. With an insert, you don’t have to worry about losing your heat up the flue. When the insert is not in use, the closed doors will prevent conditioned or heated air from escaping.

Inserts are Better for the Environment

You will burn less wood, spend less money on heat, and require less routine maintenance. This is because your system will work better. Your insert will be more efficient than your open fireplace – even by 80 percent! When the system is more efficient, there is less impact on the environment, both in consumption and pollution.

Inserts are Beautiful

You can upgrade an old, tired, open-hearth by adding an insert. The insert will be installed directly into your existing firebox. It gives it a facelift without altering the original masonry. Inserts come in many styles from contemporary to traditional, feature large windows, and can be paired with new stonework to transform your hearth.

Inserts are Easy to Install

It is easy and cost-effective to convert from an open hearth to an insert. It will require a professional chimney sweep to measure the area so that an appropriately-sized insert can be retro-fitted into your existing firebox. Getting the measurement wrong can waste time and money. A certified chimney sweep will also assess the existing chimney for soundness and function. Since the insert is slightly smaller than the firebox, the capacity is slightly less, which is a whole different equation. A professional will need to replace the liner to be an appropriate size. Otherwise your fire may not burn hot enough to push the air through a too-large flue. The best option is to have a stainless-steel liner installed. They are the longest-lasting liners, and are especially appropriate when converting from a wood fireplace to a gas insert because they’re safe for all fuel types.

Inserts are Available Now

White Glove Chimney and Air Duct sell and install wood, gas, and pellet inserts. Not only will you get an expert installation, but we also service inserts in Northern California. Schedule your fireplace and chimney cleaning, CSIA inspection, chimney repairs, and more.

Schedule with White Glove, and let us make you our priority. White Glove will keep your home warm, secure, and healthy. Call today at 530-221-3331 or schedule an appointment online.

By Bob Ferrari on December 29th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why a Properly Installed Damper is Important

Your chimney system is made up of many parts, and all of them are important for proper and safe function. Your damper, which is traditionally located in the throat of the chimney can be impossible to see, and may cause problems that the homeowner doesn’t even notice. You can ensure that your chimney damper is properly installed by:

  • Hiring a certified professional for all services, repairs, and installations
  • Paying attention to your chimney’s performance and calling a certified professional for an assessment.

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Your damper may seem like the least important part of your chimney (out of sight, out of mind), but when it stops working, or never works properly, it can cause a host of issues for your chimney and home. Your damper allows air to flow freely through the chimney. It’s helpful when lighting a fire, controlling the fire, letting smoke and carbon monoxide safely out of the house, and preventing drafts from entering or exiting your chimney year-round.

The type of damper also matters. Many older masonry chimneys already have a throat damper installed. Some appliances, like wood stoves, have a damper in the unit. There are some dampers that are installed onto the top of the chimney, called a top mount damper.

Professional Installation and Services

Anytime you need any service for your chimney system, you need to hire a certified chimney sweep. A Certified Chimney Sweep (CCS) is trained and experienced in chimney safety, but also in residential safety codes that can cost you an arm and a leg if you’re in violation.

White Glove Chimney and Air Duct is licensed, certified, and insured. Our field technicians are experienced chimney experts that live in and work in this area. It’s our goal is to keep our customers and neighbors in Northern California safe and warm, which is why we offer expert services for damper sales, installations, and repairs.

Throat Damper Services

If your fireplace is smoky or cold backdrafts blow in from your fireplace, call White Glove, and we’ll check it out. Your damper may be rusted or broken. We can replace it completely, or install a top mount damper that can save you money year-after-year.

Top Mount Damper Services

More homeowners are choosing top mount dampers because they are a convenient 2-for-1. It serves as a damper and doubles as a chimney cap, keeping animals, weather, and wind out of your flue. The top mount damper is installed at the top of the chimney. It has a tight seal, so it keeps your system secure from the top-down. It has a cord that reaches right to your hearth, so all you have to do is pull, and it opens and closes. These dampers are often called energy saving dampers because they prevent conditioned air loss with their tight seal. They also provide a water-tight seal during the wet springs, saving even more money in repairs. With this and throat dampers, it’s important to hire a professional, and to hire the right professional.

White Glove has our customers’ safety in mind. We offer affordable services including routine sweeps and annual inspections, installations, repairs, and even masonry construction/repair/rebuilding. Hire White Glove Chimney and Air Duct year-round for expert services and a professional experience every time.

Schedule with White Glove online or give us a call today! We look forward to serving you.

By Bob Ferrari on December 11th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why is An Annual Chimney Inspection Recommended?

Your chimney may be the most hard-working system in your house. Whenever a fire is burning, it is working. It keeps the family safe and house warm all by using many different parts. Like anything that you depend on for safety and service, the chimney is susceptible to wear and tear. It needs routine maintenance in order to continue to work properly. Despite the durability, your chimney will not last if not properly maintained.

Routine Maintenance

Why is an Annual Chimney Inspection Recommended - Chico CA - White GloveBoth the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend routine maintenance for the safest and most efficient chimney system. Routine chimney sweeps keep the system clean so that it can vent the fire efficiently. Annual chimney inspections allow a professional to assess the system, identifying hazards before they can cause a fire, carbon monoxide exposure, or result in a waste of money and resources.

CSIA Inspections Explained

Chimney inspections are categorized so homeowners schedule needed inspections without wasting money or time on an unnecessary extensive inspection.

Level 1 inspections are required annually when nothing has changed with the system, and no changes are planned. It is an assessment of all the readily accessible portions of the chimney and doesn’t require any special tools.

Level 2 inspections are required after a change to the system (installation, repair, etc.) or a natural occurrence affected the house (tornado, fire, etc.). Sale or transfer of a property requires a Level 2 inspection as well. If you are looking into purchasing a home with a fireplace, ask for the level 2 inspection. It includes everything in a level 1 inspection, in addition to hidden portions in attics and crawlspaces.

Level 3 inspections are the most thorough level and required when a serious hazard is identified. It includes everything in the level 1 and 2 inspections and may require special tools to remove components of the structure or chimney to access the hazard.

Contact Us Today!

Your home owner’s insurance most likely covers routine chimney inspections. A certified chimney sweep should also complete them. Your insurance company will require professional services the same way your automobile warranty requires certain routine maintenance. Inspections keep things working properly. During an inspection, chimney experts identify quick and affordable minor repairs. Homeowners avoid serious and costly repairs when catching and repairing minor damage early on. Inspections are one way to not only diagnose chimney issues, but also prevent them. Find out more about chimney care by speaking to a chimney expert at White Glove. We offer chimney services  year-round, and recommend inspections before burn season. Call today at 530-221-3331!

By Bob Ferrari on November 20th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment