Expert Chimney Inspections in Cornelius, OR
Locally owned and operated, The Top Hatter specializes in chimney and fireplace safety and maintenance services in the greater Cornelius area. When it comes to chimneys, regular cleaning (often called chimney sweeping) is essential to prevent the build-up of creosote, a common cause of house fires. The Top Hatter is committed to helping homeowners protect their families and properties by ensuring the safety of their air and fireplaces.
We offer our customers a chimney inspection, fair prices, and qualified technicians whose focus is always on providing superior attention to detail in ensuring the safety of your home. The Top Hatter provides comprehensive chimney cleaning services which also include thorough inspections where we check for cracks, damaged flues and other common problems. We will eliminate all of the soot from your chimney and fireplace - without making a mess in your home!
Why Choose The Top Hatter?
- Family owned, independent business
- Residential and commercial services
- Offer free, no-obligation estimates
- Fully licensed and insured.
- Over 20 years of masonry experience
- Top-rated service
Cornelius's Source for Comprehensive Chimney Sweeping Services & Inspections
Over time, a substance called creosote lines the interior of chimneys and fireplaces and will slowly build up. Without regular inspections and cleanings, this creosote will reach a point where it is susceptible to igniting unexpectedly. At The Top Hatter, we provide thorough chimney inspection and cleaning services that will identify creosote buildup and effectively remove it before it can put your home or property in danger. Our experienced team will also look for any cracks, holes, or other chimney damage to ensure that any warning signs are properly addressed before they become problematic.
We have very thorough chimney cleaning procedures and we guarantee no mess. If you have an open-faced fireplace, we will clean it from the bottom up. We clean out the firebox, damper, smoke shelf, smoke chamber, and we brush and vacuum the flue all the way to the top. We also conduct a safety inspection and if there are any areas of concern, we bring them to your attention.
Another important aspect of a chimney cleaning is that it provides an opportunity to inspect the brickwork to locate potential cracks. Cracks in your chimney can be dangerous because, when left ignored, they can increase in size and take moisture in, destabilizing your chimney. Additionally, failing to repair a damaged chimney cap can allow animals, the elements, and drafts to get into your home.
As a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, our focus is on keeping you and your family safe from fire hazards and indoor air pollution. Unmaintained chimneys and fireplaces can present many hidden dangers to you and your family including carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. We conduct a safety inspection during all of our cleanings and give you a written safety inspection report for your records.
Fireplace Inspections in Cornelius, OR
Regular maintenance and inspection of your firebox, chimney, and liner will help eliminate potential dangers.
- The firebox where you light the fire.
- The damper that opens and closes to control the draft.
- We also check the interior of the chimney (flue liner) to ensure that there are no holes, cracking or damage.
Next, we go up to the roof to check the exterior of the chimney. Here we inspect:
- The height of the chimney (3ft. above the roofline within 10 feet of the peak.)
- If there is a spark arrestor/cap on the chimney.
- The crown, it should be free of any cracks or deterioration.
- The moisture resistance.
Questions to expect from us before and during your fireplace inspection:
- Are you having any smoking problems?
- Are you having any leaking problems?
- When was the last time you had this cleaned?
- How much wood do you burn?
- What kind of wood do you burn?
- Have you ever had problems with animals getting in?
Hear directly from our satisfied customers!
"So I set an appt with The Top Hatter to have my chimney cleaned. They immediately replied and we set a price and a date. They communicated well. Made some future suggestions on some maintenance issues and my fireplace is now safe and clean for the winter burning season. It was a smooth transaction from start to finish. Love the good communication. I would highly recommend them." Carl T. - Milwaukie, OR
"Great service at a great price. I received an immediate response to my online request for a quote from Laura, who was wonderful about answering all of my questions and providing a straight-forward quote for fireplace/chimney cleaning. She was able to set up an appointment for me the next day, even though this is their busy season. The technicians gave a courtesy call in the morning when they thought they might be 15 minutes late, but ended up arriving right on time. They performed the cleaning and inspection quickly and efficiently and did a thorough job. They also provided a quote to put in a damper and fix some cracks in the firebox, but didn't try to 'sell' me anything I didn't need. The cost of cleaning was less than I had expected and I would definitely recommend Top Hatter to anyone needing fireplace/chimney repairs or cleaning." K.W. - Portland, OR