We specialize in:
Custom Cap installation
Wood, coal, gas and pellet installations
ChimScan™ Video inspection
Insurance report and documentation
Home buyer chimney inspection
When is the best time of
year to have my chimney cleaned?
It is best to have your chimney cleaned once you have
finished using it for the winter season, usually during
March, April or May. If chimney swifts use your chimney
for nesting, it is best to have your chimney cleaned in
early March, before they begin their migration.
Why should I have my
Between 1999 and 2002, the National Fire Protection
Association reported an annual average of nearly 54,000
residential fires in the United States. These fires
resulted in 320 deaths, nearly 1,300 injuries, and over
$637 million in property damage. Chimney fires can be a
direct result of failing to perform routine maintenance,
such as chimney cleanings and inspections. Cleaning your
chimney is one way to reduce the likelihood of a chimney
fire and it can also help prevent the odors frequently
emitted by a dirty chimney.
How often should I have my
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
recommends yearly inspections and cleanings as needed.
If you are burning wood, it is best to have your chimney
cleaned annually for every two cords of wood burned.
(One Cord = 4'x4'x8'). If you have an oil flue,
inspections are also essential to insure that your
chimney is venting properly.
How long will a chimney
A chimney cleaning usually requires approximately an
hour to complete; however, this will vary depending on
the condition of the chimney.
Will there be a mess left
behind after I have my chimney cleaned?
Tri-State Chimney follows several procedures to ensure
your home is left clean following a chimney cleaning.
Clean drop cloths will be placed on the floor to insure
To make sure no soot, dust, or dirt enters your home,
large dust containment vacuums will be use to control
Your flue, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and the firebox
will be brushed completely before vacuuming.
After sweeping, the workplace will be thoroughly cleaned
and all materials removed from your premises.
You shall receive a written report detailing the
completion of the process and any further maintenance
Do you need to come inside
my home in order to clean my chimney?
To provide a thorough cleaning, our workers will need to
go inside your home. Depending on your chimney, we may
also need to get on the roof.
Does it really matter which
chimney company I decide to use?
Yes! Because the chimney service trade is not regulated
and most states do not require chimney sweeps to be
licensed, virtually anyone can enter the chimney service
field. Here at Tri-State Chimney, we take pride in the
training and skills provided to our employees. We are
members of all national certification programs for the
chimney service industry. At Tri-State Chimney, we have
a commitment to education to the highest industry
What is pyrolysis?
When wood is heated, contained moisture evaporates to
form steam. As moisture evaporation occurs, heat is
absorbed instead of given off during this stage. As
temperatures rise, the chemical structure of the wood
molecules begins to break down, and hydrocarbons begin
to vaporize. Pyrolysis produces a complex mixture of
hydrocarbons in the form of liquid tar droplets and
combustible gases. Wood combustion is a complex
physical-chemical process during which hydrogen and
in the fuel are chemically combined with oxygen to form
combustion products and to release heat. Once air and
fuel are present, heat must be applied to initiate the
combustion process. The continued presence of
sufficiently high temperatures results in self-sustained
What is video inspection?
Video inspection is the best way to evaluate the
interior condition of a flue within
your chimney. The presence of glazed and expanded
creosote may be an implication of chimney fire activity.
The identification of a hidden breach behind a
wall can be a life-saving discovery. Damaged flue tiles
can render a chimney unsafe and should be documented and
reported to the homeowner for insurance claims. The
inspection process is based on NFPA 211, The National
Fire Protection Association Standard for Chimneys,
Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances.
What are Level I, II, and
A Level I inspection is utilized when verification of
the suitability of the chimney or flue for continued
service, under the same conditions and with the same or
similar appliance or appliances, is needed.
A Level II inspection is indicated when verification of
the suitability of the chimney for new or changed
conditions of service is needed or when a Level I
not sufficient to determine the serviceability of the
A Level III inspection shall be utilized for concealed
areas (caps, crowns, interior chimney wall, etc.)
requiring special tools. A Level III inspection shall be
required only for those areas suspected of malfunction
or damage that cannot be properly evaluated by a Level I
or Level II inspection.
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