Chimney Services in Salisbury, MD

Here at Rommel Hearth and Outdoor in Salisbury, we provide comprehensive chimney services to help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy your fireplace or heating system. Whether you need a chimney inspection to ensure your systems are functioning smoothly or a chimney cleaning to remove buildup and help prevent chimney fires, we have you covered.

Chimney Cleaning and Sweeping

Chimney cleaning and sweeping is a key part of maintaining the safety and functionality of your hearth, but many new hearth owners have questions about the need and frequency of the process. Here at Rommel Hearth and Outdoor, we aim to answer those questions to keep you informed and safe.

Why does my chimney need sweeping?

Keeping your chimney cleaned is key to keeping your system operating smoothly and safely. Wood-burning fires can lead to a buildup of creosote on the inside of your chimney. The creosote buildup can then lead to a dangerous chimney fire if you continue to use your fireplace. During a chimney sweeping, our expert chimney sweeps remove soot, blockages and built-up creosote from your chimney system. Creosote can also reduce the efficiency and draw of your fireplace, detracting from the functionality of your hearth. Regular cleaning will help keep your system operating smoothly and safely. Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, our expert chimney sweeps aim to keep you and your family safer when using your fireplace or stove.

How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

The rate of buildup of creosote depends on numerous factors, including how often you use your fireplace, where the chimney is located and what type of fire you typically have. Exterior chimneys build up creosote faster than interior chimneys due to the difference in temperature, and fires that don’t have enough oxygen are more likely to lead to creosote buildup. Different types of wood used in fires also create different amounts of creosote. More creosote calls for a more urgent chimney cleaning, but since even a small buildup can contribute to a chimney fire, the usual recommendation is to have your chimney swept once a year. That way you can use your fireplace without worry that it’s not functioning safely.

Chimney Inspections

Chimney inspections are just as vital as chimney cleaning to keep your fireplace and chimney system functioning smoothly. Our skilled technicians will make sure everything is functioning properly so your system can run smoothly and safely.

How often should I have my chimney inspected?

Chimney inspections should usually be conducted every other year to ensure the safety of you and your family. But you should also have an inspection if you are having any performance issues with your fireplace, chimney or heating system or if you purchase a home with a chimney system. Waiting to conduct an inspection or putting them off for years can ultimately lead to more significant damage and costly repairs.

Chimney Inspections and Cleaning in Salisbury

At Rommel Hearth and Outdoor, we provide chimney sweeping and inspection for only $225 for typical one and two story dwellings that have a chimney sweeping completed once every year. Heights over two stories, excessively creosoted chimneys, and other time-consuming situations may incur additional fees. A Chimney Inspection cannot take place until a chimney sweeping has been completed.

Our Chimney Sweeps are certified through the CSIA. We are members of the NCSG, and are licensed and insured.

What does this mean?

Level II inspections are required (per NFPA 211)

  • When adding or replacing a hearth appliance
  • Prior to relining of a flue or replacement of a flue lining
  • Upon the sale or transfer of real estate property
  • After a building or chimney fire, weather or seismic event, or other incident likely to have caused damage to the building

Level II inspections include:

  • Evaluation of the entire chimney and flue from both outside and inside:
  • Structural issues and areas of concern will be disclosed
  • A digital scan will be done of the interior of the chimney
  • A complete report with pictures, will be mailed within 2 weeks, upon request

Chimney Linings and Repair

Rommel Hearth and Outdoor also performs chimney work associated with the proper installation of hearth appliances, in order to give your stove or insert the best possible drafting scenario. Remember that natural vent appliances like wood stoves and inserts do not make chimneys work- chimneys make appliances work. The venting may very well be the most important component in a system. Ask the experts at Rommel.

Call us today at (410) 543-1244 to schedule a chimney inspection or chimney sweep!