During a chimney inspection, your technician can ascertain whether your chimney system is in need of a more thorough chimney inspection and/or cleaning and chimney repair. Other venting systems for heating oil, natural gas, coal, and pellet burning appliances have to be maintained, as well.
For example, even without the presence of soot, gas fireplaces can still experience fire hazards from the presence of bird nests or other obstructions. As with other home repair issues, the longer an issue stays untreated, the more extensive the damage can become. Avoiding an inspection could turn an undiscovered issue into a large repair project, or even worse, a chimney fire.
If you have recently purchased a home, especially an older one, or if your home has experienced environmental damage such as an earthquake or hurricane, your chimney is even more likely to be in need of a chimney sweeping and/or a chimney repair. Most regular fireplace users prefer to schedule an annual cleaning to keep their system in the best working order.