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Invest in Your Family’s Health and Safety

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Proper care and maintenance for your home’s ventilation systems (including the chimney, dryer vent, and air ducts) keeps your family healthy and safe.

Q: How often should I have my chimney swept?

Here at Top Hat, we follow the guidelines of The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211, which says,

“Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

Whoa – does this apply to ALL chimneys, fireplaces, and vents? Why every year?

This is the national safety standard, and it takes into account the fact that – even if you don’t use your chimney much – animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe.





What Happens if You never have your chimney cleaned?

Smelly animal debris, brick and mortar damage, and water leaks can all be costly issues to face- but the worst case scenario would be a chimney fire. The creosote buildup in a chimney can become disastrous if the sparks escape through cracks in the damaged chimney and cause a fire in your home.

Check out what creosote looks like when removed from a chimney:

Schedule Top Hat Services to Invest in your home and health!

Households in the Austin – Taylor, TX metroplex area can call Top Hat  for professional cleaning. Call on us with your questions or concerns, or to reserve your appointment, at 512-352-0313, Mon.-Fri., 8AM-5PM.

Your home isn’t clean till it’s TOP HAT clean!

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