Chimney inspection tips
Inspecting your chimney at least once a year is crucial. The build-up of soot, blocks caused by birds, nests and other debris are common problems of a chimney that affect smoke elimination efficiency.
Know your chimney
Not all chimneys need the same cleaning.
You must look for any flaws of the chimney when inspecting it. The build-up of creosote and soot must be cleaned and any leaks and gaps in the chimney bricks must be fixed.
Access to the chimney is given either by a door, that is usually at the base of the chimney or by removing a section of the stovepipe so that you can access the chimney flue easier. Using a mirror to look up the chimney is the easiest way of inspection, but is the least effective.