Frequently Asked Questions
Gino Barbati Chimney Sweep, Inc sweeps the entire system from the fireplace up and includes a level 1 visual inspection as per the NFPA code book of the of main areas of the chimney with include the firebox, smoke chamber, smoke shelf and flue. We then make specific professional safety repair estimates for and repairs or issues.
According to the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America, after one (1) cord of wood have been burned in the system or at least have it inspected once a year prior to burning. A cord of wood consist a stack 4′ high x 8′ long one log deep.
Because the insert, which may weigh over 600lbs, must be removed from the fire box to properly clean the system, that is if the insert doesn’t have a liner attached to the port.
It usually takes 30-45 minutes.
At Gino Barbati Chimney Sweep, Inc we have invested a tremendous amount of time and money in our systems database. We record and scan every scheduled work order for cleanings, every estimate or proposal and we even track your yearly time frames for cleanings and inspections. Our office staff will give you a reminder call or email once per year.
The most logical explanation is negative air pressure or what is sometimes professionally called the stack effect. There could be other issues though. A certified chimney sweep should be able to diagnose your issues and recommend a problem solving technique to fix it.
Creosote blockage, animals or other obstructions, crackling, shifting of terra cotta tiles, moisture and creosote buildup.
Have your chimney swept and inspected each year, this will identify any problems early giving you plenty of time to make decisions and repairs before the next heating season begins.
Yes. The fireplace, and furnace flue sweeps take place on the inside of the home, and sometimes also from the outside. It is best the homeowner be home so our technicians can explain exactly what we are doing and what also needs to be done.
No. At Gino Barbati Chimney Sweep, we understand that your home is your castle and we will treat your property with the utmost of respect at all times.
Absolutely, a routine yearly inspection is imperative in avoiding a potential gas leak disaster. The National Chimney Sweeping Guild recommends an annual inspection.
Yes. Smoke problems occur for a variety of reasons. In some cases the fireplace has a poor draw, in other situations smoke travels to other parts of the house through gaps in the liner. In other homes wind blows down the flue we can perform draft tests to determine the next course of action to solve the problem.
Take a close look at the exterior walls of your masonry chimney. Do you see and cracks? Crumbling bricks? uneven areas of mortar? or noticeable voids and gaps between the bricks or stone work? If the answer is yes or you are not sure, then contact Gino Barbati Chimney Sweep, Inc to provide you with an inspection and estimate for repair of the damaged areas of your chimney inside and out.
I recently changed my furnace and or water heater and now I see water on the floor near my furnace can you help?
Yes, we can definitely help! Most new energy efficient furnaces produce a tremendous amount of condensation that needs to be vented, there are alternative solutions to these complex problems. We will determine your best course of action and stand behind our work.
Does Gino C Barbati Chimney Sweep, Inc. provide other services other than chimney sweeping and furnace flue cleanings?
Yes, at Gino C Barbati Chimney Sweep Inc. we provide a full scale of services including stucco repair or new stucco, re-pointing, and installation of stainless steel liners. We can tackle the largest and most complex problems to ensure your chimney functions effectively and safely.
Different kinds of seasoned Wood such as oak, cherry, ash and other dense woods are good to burn. The best burning woods need to be as hard and dry as possible. Hickory is the highest quality wood to burn in this region.