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The Advantages of Video Scanning Your Chimney

Your chimney is a dark, cramped space. Because of this, chimney inspections can often be difficult and cracks or other potential chimney issues may be missed. However, we now have technology that allows us to carefully inspect every square inch of your chimney with the use of a video camera. Although video scans are usually not used on routine inspections. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) requires that a video scan takes The Advantages of Video Scanning Your Chimney Image - Albany NY - NE Masonryplace at any Level 2 or 3 inspection. These inspections normally occur when changes are made to your system (i.e. relining the flue, fuel changes, etc…) or components are removed from your system (i.e. chimney crown or interior chimney wall). Scans are common when there is an issue with the chimney and a technician wants to take a closer look.

At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we want to give you the best service possible and video scanning technology allows us to confidently diagnose a problem that you may be experiencing with your chimney.

How does video scanning work?

Our CSIA certified technicians scan your chimney using a remote camera. This is done by feeding a line with an attached camera and light up or down your chimney. A technician will then scan your chimney by taking videos of the inside of your chimney. The camera is controlled by the technician (usually by remote control). While the camera is taking video, the technician will look at a live feed of what is being scanned inside the chimney allowing them to assess the condition of your chimney.

How do video scans benefit you?

Video scans allow our technicians to quickly and accurately diagnose issues you may be having with your chimney. This means a couple things. First, getting issues resolved quickly allows you to access to your chimney faster. This is important during those cold New York winters. Second, at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney we value your safety. Video scanning gives us the confidence that we have caught all potential issues to your chimney that may be a danger to you and your home.

Animal nests or old chimney repairs that may not have been done correctly increase the potential of chimney fires. Video scans are often used after a fire to inspect chimneys. These scans provide evidence to support you insurance claim after a fire.

At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we care about giving you the best service available. If you would like to see if a video scan is recommended for your chimney, please contact us today and set up an appointment to have one of our CSIA certified technicians inspect your chimney.

Chimney Problems During Summer

The summer offers a chance to tend to chimney matters that can’t be addressed when smoke is pouring out of it — namely, in the colder months.

Let’s discuss summer chimney issues, as well as maintenance and repair opportunities the summer provides.

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Odor, for example, is often a noticeable summer issue. “Noticeable” is the operative word here. When you are not building fires, air may be coming down the chimney, instead of going up and out. You may need to open a window in the same room or seal off the top of the chimney in the summer.

Instead of merely guessing about the causes of chimney odor, or its solution, call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney. A careful summertime inspection by one of our qualified professionals is a sensible first step in addressing chimney odor control.

When odors are coming from your chimney and your fireplace, the smell likely derives from creosote deposits in the chimney. The unpleasant “fragrance” tends to be worse in the summer. High humidity exacerbates the problem; plus, windows are usually closed as the air conditioner does its work.

What to do?

A good sweeping is advised, but it may not solve the problem. Chimney deodorants may offer some relief. Lots of folks find that baking soda or kitty litter placed in the fireplace is effective.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney suggests you treat the underlying cause during the summer. The root cause is most likely air being drawn down the chimney. This indicates pressure problems in the house. Makeup air should be introduced somewhere else in the house. Another solution is a tight-sealing, top-mounted damper. This reduces airflow coming down the chimney.

Summer is also a wise time to check various elements of the chimney, for example, chimney crowns. Crowns are both functional and beautiful – if properly designed and built. But the untrained eye won’t necessarily detect the crown cracks that are the warning sign of leaks to come. Repairing your chimney crown in these summer months makes sense from a practical and logistical standpoint. It’s simply an easier work environment for our experienced masons and technicians. Moreover, summer conditions facilitate sealing and setting. It’s the optimum time for repairing or rebuilding your chimney crown.

Although it’s not a chimney matter per se, firewood can also be a summer issue. It’s not too early to start seasoning your firewood. If anything, it’s too late. Allow yourself a year, ideally, to allow proper seasoning for your firewood.

Summertime is ideal for evaluating whether the flue is cracked or blocked. It’s also an opportunity to look for any buildup affecting airflow — critters, vegetation, leaves, old nests. Clearing away this stuff reduces risks of fire or noxious fumes.

It’s a good time to inspect mortar or brickwork for damage or deterioration. Masonry repairs are easier in summer than in winter.

Give Us a Call

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney employs CSIA-trained professionals all year round, not just in the summer. If you live in the Capital District, Central or Northern New York, the Hudson Valley or western Massachusetts, call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315. Or schedule a summertime appointment online.

What to Expect During an Annual Chimney Inspection

A professional chimney inspection is in your best interest. It’s like hiring a structural engineer to inspect your house’s foundation or having a licensed electrician inspect your wiring if things keep shorting out.

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Our typical annual chimney inspection is known as a Level 1 inspection as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

What does it consist of? It’s essentially a detailed visual inspection conducted by professionals who know how to discern a potential or existing problem.

Specifically, at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, during the yearly chimney inspection we:

  • check all accessible interior and exterior portions, including the venting system, the appliance, and connections,
  • evaluate whether the flue is cracked or blocked,
  • look for any build-up affecting air flow to minimize risks of fire or noxious fumes.

Trained Professionals

Again, we want to emphasize the importance of using trained eyes.

Your chimney masonry may be deteriorating in ways only a professional can see. For example, mortar erosion and breakdown from moisture intrusion is often subtle, especially in the early stages. The untrained eye may not detect these early problems. And even if you could discern a problem, you likely face safety challenges related to access.

We essentially look for symptoms and their causes. We want to examine your masonry for signs of damage from plant growth, such as vines, or damage from fire or moisture. Our professionals assess whether masonry deterioration is resulting from poor structural design or construction, inferior building materials, weather conditions, animals’ nesting, seismic disturbance, or lack of proper maintenance.

An inspection might reveal structural problems or exterior features that need repair. Some examples of not-so-obvious issues we might unearth include chimney crown damage, sealant or flashing fissures, crumbling masonry or spalling, or moisture intrusion.

Additional Precautions

Incidentally, there are additional levels of inspection that probe more deeply and thoroughly. For example, a Level 2 inspection is typically required upon the transfer or sale of a home. The next level looks for hidden hazards, using video scanning. The most advanced inspection uses special equipment and tools to find root causes of hidden problems. At this level of inspection, certain chimney components, such as a crown, may have to be removed. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) spells out the fine points of these three levels of inspection.

Rest assured that Northeastern Masonry & Chimney employs trained professionals who know chimney maintenance. Our CSIA-certified technicians have the skills and tools to inspect your chimney properly.

If you live in the Capital District, Central or Northern New York, the Hudson Valley or western Massachusetts, call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315. Or schedule an appointment online.

Inspect Your Chimney This Summer So It’s Ready For Fall

Stay ahead of the fall frenzy and have your chimney inspected and swept this summer.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney gets busy with inspections in the fall. Schedule your fall chimney inspection and sweeping now. No one likes a busy signal. Call 518-767-9315 now. Our “elves” are waiting.

Book nonemergency services such as inspections and sweepings during the summer. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney gets extra busy when the leaves turn crimson, gold, and brown and fall to the ground. Although emergencies are unplanned by definition, routine maintenance can be scheduled well before the fall. Schedule your chimney inspection and sweeping today.

Your yearly chimney sweeping is critical for preserving the life of your chimney. It is a worthwhile practice that maintains a safe and efficient fireplace and chimney. But chimney inspection is not a DIY project.Inspect Your Chimney Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

We Are Trained

At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we are trained professionals who know chimney maintenance, home safety, and fire prevention. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians have the skills and tools to clean your chimney properly.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney experts are trained in National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) standards and educated in NFPA-211 codes and recommendations. We keep abreast of the latest industry guidelines and recommendations.

A Professional Service

A professional chimney cleaning involves clearly defined actions. We perform a thorough and appropriate regimen of industry-recommended tasks. Brushable creosote and soot are removed carefully so as to avoid fireplace or chimney damage. Our cleaning even reaches into the elbows in factory-built chimneys. We also clean connector pipes, which can become separated if they were improperly sized or if inappropriate brushes or rods were used.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney removes soot and creosote from the smoke shelf and firebox as it becomes dislodged during cleaning. We use proven methods to assure that no soot or creosote escape into your home. Our technicians employ drop cloths, rug runners, high-speed vacuums, shoe covers, and tarps to give you a mess-free cleaning.

An inspection might reveal structural problems or exterior features that need repair. Again, it would be foolish to wait until autumn to address such matters. Some examples of not-so-obvious issues we might unearth include chimney crown damage, sealant or flashing fissures, crumbling masonry or spalling, or
moisture intrusion.

Call Now

Beat the fall rush and put our 35 years of success to work for you. If you live in the Capital District, Central or Northern New York, the Hudson Valley or western Massachusetts, call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315. Or schedule an appointment online.

Our customers love us and we love them! You can check out some of their reviews here!

Schedule your inspection today before it’s too late!

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Common Masonry Problems and Solutions

Whether your problems are common or rare, they’re still problems. The same is true for issues affecting your chimney masonry.

Let Northeastern Masonry & Chimney think out loud with you as we survey some common masonry chimney problems, and resulting solutions.

Common Masonry Problems and Solutions Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & ChimneySpoiler Alert: Water/moisture is the most prevalent culprit.

Spalling and Other Deterioration

Brickwork gets worn and cracked and splintered from wind, rain, ice, snow, sleet, freeze, thaw, and heat. When bricks show splitting, cracking and flaking, you have spalling. The masonry can deteriorate to the point of needing complete replacement. What is the solution? Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has successful experience identifying and repairing spalled brickwork.

Professional assessment of your brickwork is the first step. We search for the underlying cause. Water intrusion is the main culprit. Moisture intrusion damages bricks, chimney linings or mortar.

Remedies might range from installing a chimney cap or top-mounted damper or applying a specially designed waterproofing sealant.

On the plus side, we might discover spalling in its earliest stages. Perhaps only a few bricks need to be replaced.

Repointing

Repointing involves the removal of eroding mortar joints and replacing them with smooth, new mortar. The need for repointing may arise from moisture or even original poor construction. A critical aspect of repointing is the matching of compatible types of masonry materials. Without professional insight and knowledge, shoddy workmanship would force a homeowner to pay for a do-over.

Restoration

A faithfully executed chimney restoration pays attention to the details and craftsmanship of the original masonry. A professional restoration strengthens the structural integrity of your chimney, and it looks natural and authentic. The need for restoration can come from a variety of causes. For example, your masonry chimney crown can crack after years of onslaught from weather and climate. Be sure to repair a damaged crown quickly to prevent leaks. With proper care and maintenance, bricks can last a century or more. But water and weather, as well as the natural settling of a home, can take their toll on bricks and mortar joints. If called upon, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney’s professionals carefully consider the right choice of brickwork to respect the integrity of your original design.

Chimney Leaks

Moisture in masonry chimneys causes a host of problems, from cracking and crumbling joints and bricks to discoloration and mold growth. As we noted, repointing is one repair solution as is crown work. Like gargoyles, chimney crowns divert rain, sleet and hail away from your chimney masonry. Crowns are both functional and beautiful, but you need a pro to discern whether crown cracks are the warning sign of leaks to come.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians are CSIA-certified experts, and are members of the NYSCG (New York State Chimney Guild) and the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG).

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney serves the Capital District, the Hudson Valley, Northern and Central New York and Western Massachusetts. Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been providing premier workmanship.

Whether your masonry problems are common or notably uncommon, call us today at 518-767-9315. We love being challenged.

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3 Reasons a Professional Sweep Is Better Than a Cleaning Log

Chimney sweeping logs have some value. Many people use them to clean their chimney. But chimney sweeping logs have limited value. They don’t yield the benefits of a professional chimney sweep.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is glad to share with you three solid reasons why a professional sweeping by a human being is a better alternative than a log.

Three Reasons

  1. A log cannot report any problems or issues with your chimney.
    Even if somehow it could perceive a problem, the log can’t communicate. Unlike everyone else, logs don’t even text! When it comes to discerning problems or issues, the cleaning log has zero skills. The professional, on the other hand, has skills and expertise. For example, a trained professional can identify chimney blockages caused by bird or rodent nests or any debris that may be lodged in your chimney system.3 Reasons a Sweep is Better Than a CSL Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

    The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) endorses the use of a professional sweep: “For improved safety and home heating efficiency, CSIA recommends that all chimneys and vented appliances be inspected every year by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®.”
    The CSIA adds that a log “will not tell you if your chimney is blocked or has any kind of structural damage.”

    We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

  2. A certified professional does a better job.
    A chimney sweeping log is treated with minerals and chemicals to break down the creosote build-up in your chimney. You might say it acts passively. It doesn’t do any sweeping. Professional chimney sweeps take a look-see and scrub with steel brushes. Think of it like this: the automatic dishwasher is supposed to clean everything, even pots, and pans. But most of us have experienced the stubbornly dirty pot or dish or glass that the automatic dishwasher just couldn’t clean.

    It needs the human touch. Just like a chimney does. Furthermore, a professional sweeping is effective not just for conventional straight chimneys but also for chimneys with bends or curves.

  3. A professional finishes the job.
    A professional’s scrubbing is thorough and effective. Even if a chimney sweeping log were fantastically effective, what then? Who cleans up afterward? In other words, even if a log were to remove creosote and other materials, the resultant debris must fall; it still needs to be cleaned up. At Northeastern Masonry & Chimney, we finish what we started by performing a complete cleanup and properly disposing of waste materials.

We are Professionals

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians are trained to sweep properly. Our sweeps are CSIA-certified experts. Additionally, they are members of the NYSCG (New York State Chimney Guild) and the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG).

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney serves the Capital District, the Hudson Valley, Northern and Central New York and Western Massachusetts. We are proud of our record of chimney sweep excellence.

Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been providing the valuable human touch to chimney sweeping. Call us today at 518-767-9315 to learn how we can help you.

Your Chimney and Fireplace System Are Not DIY Projects

Let’s play alphabet soup. DIY. FYI. CSIA. NMAC. FRACAS.

What do these acronyms or initialisms stand for? Do it yourself. For your information. Chimney Safety Institute of America. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney. Failure reporting, analysis, and corrective action system. (We learned that last one decades ago on a government proposal. Who could forget it?)

Despite appearances to the contrary, this is not a post about acronyms. Well, it is about one of them.

DIY.

When it comes to chimneys and fireplaces, we suggest you skip the DIY role.Chimney and Fireplace System Are Not DIY Projects Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

Why?

Safety and efficiency, in two words.

On the most basic level, we do not want to see our customers or prospects risking life or limb on a roof. Don’t DIY. Don’t do it yourself.

Depend on certified professionals, for the same two reasons: safety and efficiency.

What You Can Do

Make Northeastern Masonry & Chimney your DIWP resource. DIWP? Do it with professionals.

“We’re certifiable” — and proud of it. Being certified and certifiable sets us apart from those who lack rigorous training credentials. You often hear words like “qualified,” “trained,” and “expert.” The customer has every right to ask: “What does that mean?” and “What is the value of these terms?”

What sorts of professional certifications exist in our industry? Most notably, the CSIA certifies technicians so that they have the skills and tools to inspect or clean your chimney properly.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney employs CSIA-certified professionals. CSIA certification involves compliance with a set of rigorous industry standards that yield quality to our customers. The CSIA is a non-profit organization, thereby safeguarding itself from bias or commercial conflict.

How does this help you as a homeowner? It protects you because any CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep found in violation of the code of ethics runs the risk of having CSIA certification revoked. In other words, the ethics code has some teeth in it.

While not necessarily certifications per se, other types of training include National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) standards, education in and compliance with NFPA-211 codes and recommendations, and best practices gleaned from our own experience with customers like you.

We Do More

Another certification body is the National Fireplace Institute. The NFI is the certification arm of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF), a nonprofit educational organization for the hearth industry. As with any certification entity, the NFI assesses its industry and devices standards of information, knowledge, training and compliance.

(You can add NCSG, NFPA, NFI, and HPBEF to your list of acronyms.)

Our certifiable work practices and methods reinforce quality. Reserve your appointment today with Northeastern Masonry & Chimney. Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or make an appointment online.

Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been DIYing for you, so you don’t have to DIY yourself. Go with us as your DIWP (do it with professionals) experts. You won’t regret it.

Is Your Chimney the Cause of Your Leaking Roof?

Drip, drop, drip. It’s not a pleasant sound for a homeowner. Correct that: the soporific sound of a steady rain can be one of Nature’s most soothing sound tracks. We don’t mean that. No, we mean the annoying and alarming sound of what appears to be a leaky roof. The kind of sound that keeps you up nights, with nightmarish visions of expensive repair bills.

Drip, drop, drip. Is my roof leaking? Uh-oh? Drip, drop, drip. Do I call a roofer? Maybe. Maybe not.

We politely suggest you first call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney. Why? It may be a chimney problem, not a roof problem.

Is Your Chimney the Cause of Your Leaking Roof img - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & ChimneyHear us out.

A winter of snow, ice, and rain — along with freeze-thaw cycles — can result in a leaky roof that masks the root cause: a leaky chimney. A chimney leak presents identifiable symptoms and signs. Turn to the experts at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney to determine if you have a chimney leak posing as a roof problem.

Do you have damaged roof shingles? Northeastern Masonry & Chimney can investigate to discern whether damaged roof shingles are a symptom or a cause. We know how to spot chimney-leak symptoms, ranging from water in your hearth, crumbling mortar joints, moisture around your flashing, cracked brickwork or odors from mold — and, of course, damaged roof shingles. Incidentally, roof shingles are ironically one of the least common causes of chimney leaks.

A typical cause of chimney leaks is improperly installed or damaged flashing, or gaps in the sealant around the flashing. One of your chimney’s most important shields against water infiltration is its flashing, which is installed on all four sides where the chimney rises up out of the roof. Sometimes portions of chimney flashing can be torn or damaged, or the high-performing caulk that’s used to seal some edges can pull off, giving water an opportunity to enter.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney experts are trained to assess flashing, whether it’s materials or installation. Other chimney leak causes can range from a faulty or missing chimney cap, allowing rainwater in, a damaged chimney liner, or a damaged flue. Any of these malefactors can masquerade as a roof problem.

Prevent or address a chimney leak by getting a professional chimney inspection. That’s your first line of defense. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has developed a 25-point comprehensive water-entry inspection. Our time-tested techniques of inspection can evaluate what’s going on.

What’s the next step? That depends on what we find.

Remedies can range from flashing repair, resealing, chimney waterproofing, or adding or repairing a crown – fit for a king or queen.

Let Northeastern Masonry & Chimney take a look.

Not sure what to do? Please call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or make an appointment online.

Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been “drying out” chimneys and fireplaces as if we were a “drying out” rehab facility. Come to think of it, we are – for chimneys and fireplaces.

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5 Reasons Your Chimney Smells Bad

Studies suggest that women have a keener sense of smell than men. Children too are said to possess an acute awareness of smell. Whether you are a man, woman, or child, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney wants to alert you to chimney odors.

5 Reasons Your Chimney Smells Bad Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & ChimneyWe do have lots of experience on this smelly issue. Chimney and fireplace odors are related since they are part of the same system. Although it might be difficult to distinguish fireplace odors from chimney odors, it is worth having us investigate.

There can be several reasons why your chimney is giving off an unpleasant odor.

Let’s address each of them.

  1.  Critters, R.I.P.
    If a critter got caught in your chimney and succumbed, that can be a source of chimney odor. Or perhaps animals left a nest or other remains that decomposed. Animal-related issues are not the most common cause of chimney odors, but they bear looking into, or smelling into.
  2. The Autumn, or Summer, Spring, or Winter, Leaves.
    It is possible that rotting leaves, small twigs, or other vegetation can get lodged in your chimney and leave a resulting smell. It’s a very fixable problem.
  3. Water Intrusion.
    Water intrusion is a common cause of chimney odors, especially if a musty odor is your problem. Moisture intrusion can damage chimney linings, bricks or mortar. As a remedy, you may simply need a chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed to keep rainwater and moisture out. Let Northeastern Masonry & Chimney take a look.
  4. Downdraft.
    In the summer, when you are not building fires, air may be coming down the chimney, instead of going up and out. You may need to open a window in the same room or seal off the top of the chimney in the summer.
  5. Creosote.
    Bingo. The most common cause of chimney odor is creosote buildup. If your chimney smells like tar or asphalt, it’s probably coming from a buildup of creosote on your chimney walls. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, creosote is a natural byproduct of wood-burning. The odor is usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high and the air conditioner is turned on. That means summer is the ideal time to address chimney odors.

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney.

Let us help you find a solution. We’ll give you a professional diagnosis and suggest practical and affordable options to fix the problem based on our vast and successful experience. We are proud to say we have technicians certified by the CSIA.

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney at 518-767-9315 or make an appointment online today.

Since 1993 (and more than 17,000 customers later), Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has been sniffing chimney and fireplace odors and clearing the air for folks throughout eastern New York and western Massachusetts. Take advantage of warmer weather (and less fireplace use) by fixing chimney odors now.

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How Often Does a Chimney Need to Be Swept?

Chimney Sweeping Frequency Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Masonry & ChimneyThey say timing is everything, and that’s so true. What about having your chimney swept: what’s the best timing for that? Northeastern Masonry & Chimney doesn’t have a magic answer along the lines of “only on April 1,” or “every last Tuesday in October.” It doesn’t quite work that way — although there is some wisdom in that approach. Having your chimney swept is not only a matter of simple frequency but also a factor of chimney use, chimney age, and overall care and maintenance.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that your chimney be inspected and swept annually, so whatever trick works can be useful as a reminder.

Our experience with customers backs up the need for an annual sweeping at a minimum. Sometimes “annually” is not enough. We’ve found that under “normal burning conditions,” it may take about one cord of wood burned in a fireplace to produce enough creosote buildup to warrant a chimney cleaning. However, under certain burning conditions, you may need a professional chimney cleaning sooner. Each situation differs.

Ask Northeastern Masonry & Chimney about your particular circumstances.

Let’s go back for a second to that CSIA recommendation. It’s intended to detect problems before they get worse; it’s intended to prevent dangerous occurrences such as chimney fires.

What we’re saying is that an annual inspection is a good standard practice and recommendation, but if you suspect a problem don’t hesitate to have an inspection and a possible cleaning more frequently than annually.

Our CSIA-certified technicians will sweep and clean your chimney properly. We minimize damage and properly dispose of waste materials. We remove soot and creosote from the smoke shelf and firebox as it becomes dislodged during cleaning. We use proven methods to assure that no soot or creosote escapes into your home. Our technicians employ drop cloths, rug runners, high-speed vacuums, shoe covers and tarps over the fireplace to give you a mess-free cleaning.

Your yearly chimney sweeping presents challenges — and risks. It’s a task that is critical for preserving the life of your chimney and for maintaining a safe and efficient fireplace and chimney. Rely on professionally trained, CSIA-certified Northeastern Masonry & Chimney technicians for this valuable service. We know how to do it, and do it right, whether it’s annual or more or less frequently.

We take our CSIA certification seriously, and we are proud of it because it demonstrates compliance with strict industry standards.

Let our 35 years of experience deliver value to you in the Capital District, Central or Northern New York, the Hudson Valley or western Massachusetts.

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315, or schedule an appointment online. For a professional chimney sweeping, go with real pros with nationally recognized CSIA credentials. Let us do the dirty work so you can relax and feel comfortable in the safety of your home.