SOMD Hearth is proud to service fire appliances and chimneys in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas.
You perform preventative maintenance on your other appliances, like HVAC and your car. A fireplace is no different. Annual Maintenance is recommended annually to keep your home safe and to maintain the efficiency of your fire appliance. Services include: chimney sweep and clean, cleaning cobwebs from the equipment, checking for rodent nests, testing the pilot (for gas appliances), cleaning the glass and changing the batteries in your remotes.
We perform annual maintenance on Gas, Wood, & Pellet fire appliances:
Gas Fireplace Maintenance
When the gas fireplace is not active for a period of time, dust and insects can impede the flow of gas to components. Annual preventative maintenance keeps your gas fireplace running efficiently and safely.
Wood & Pellet Fireplace Maintenance
Annual maintenance of a wood burning fireplace removes soot, assures that smoke and dangerous fumes are escaping your home efficiently, and reduces dangerous creosote buildup within the chimney.
Our Inspections include sweeping of your chimney while we inspect its overall health. If repairs are needed, we will include a written report as well as an estimate for those repairs.
Level II Inspections
A level two inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.
Additionally, a level two inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A level two inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a level one inspection.
When a level one or level two inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a level three inspection is recommended. A level two inspection includes everything in a level one inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and, basements.
It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations. There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a level two inspection.
A level two inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney.
No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a level two inspection.
Repair & Diagnostic Services
When you are experiencing a problem with your fireplace or chimney, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your safety is our priority! We can repair, replace and install all parts of your heating system, including fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces. You can also fill out our form below and upload pictures of the problem you are seeing to help us understand your concern.
We offer FREE estimates for new installations of a fireplace, insert or stove. Our installations can vary from simpler jobs like installing a freestanding unit, to complete remodels of fireplaces – including replacing the fireplace, stone, mantel , etc. Fill out our form below and feel free to send us pictures of your current fireplace that you want to makeover or space where you want to add a new fire appliance.
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