Repair Your Chimney for Winter Warmth & Safety

Level 1 chimney Inspection in Antrim NHAs southern New Hampshire gets ready for another unpredictable winter with its ice storms and blizzards and sub-zero weather, the fall is a good time to make sure your chimney is ready to perform predictably to get you through the season safely. Here’s a checklist of “must-do’s” for your chimney and fireplace this fall.

Visually inspect your chimney

Chimneys are one of those things that tend to be out of sight, out of mind. With winter approaching, it’s time to put your chimney in the cross-hairs in order to spot a variety of safety or repair issues that might be happening and then schedule the necessary work so your chimney will be ready for winter.

Your visual inspection should include:

Chimney cap: check for cracks and decay

Chimney crown: make sure it’s intact and properly fitted

Roof flashing: it should be flat and form a strong seal between the roof and the chimney

Exterior chimney masonry: look for cracks in the mortar joints, loose or missing bricks and discoloration in sections of the masonry

Fireplace damper: ensure it opens fully and closes completely

Angle of the exterior chimney: damaged chimneys may lean to the side

Benefits of certified chimney inspections

In addition to your visual inspection, it’s always a smart move to arrange for a chimney inspection from a certified chimney technician. This individual will follow up on any problems you’ve spotted and be able to uncover trouble areas you may not have noticed.

A chimney pro who’s certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America also will know exactly why problems exist and the best way to remedy them to keep your home and family safe. A quality chimney sweep company will provide not only thorough inspections but also skilled repair services for any area of your chimney structure or its components.

The two reasons to schedule a chimney sweep before winter

Professional Chimney SweepChimney sweeps are specially trained technicians who clean the inside of chimneys. Using hand-held and rotating brushes, scrapers, vacuums and cleaning solvents, they keep your chimney safe in two ways:

  1. Creosote removal

A byproduct of smoke, flammable creosote can ignite and start a chimney fire. Virtually all fire-safety organizations recommend yearly chimney sweep services if you have a wood-burning fireplace.

  1. Removal of drafting obstructions

Debris such as nests of small animals, the animals themselves when they are trapped and die in the flue, leaves, twigs and other tree debris can build up in a chimney and prevent smoke from drafting properly. Professional chimney sweeps remove all this debris.

Chimney sweeps also can check the condition of your chimney’s interior including the chimney liner. Damaged interior bricks and faulty liners can set the stage for a fire that spreads to combustible materials of your home. Getting your flue inspected and repaired before winter will give you peace of mind as you start cranking up your fireplace for the cold season. A clean and fully operational chimney is the only kind of chimney that’s safe. This fall, pay close attention to your chimney and work with a certified chimney professional to spot and fix problems before they become serious safety risks.

For New England’s best chimney sweep, chimney inspection and chimney repair services, count on Black Moose Chimney & Stove of Antrim, NH, to deliver. Call (603) 525-7905 with questions or to schedule a service appointment. We’re proud members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Northeast Association of Chimney & Hearth Professionals.


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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)