Chimney Troubleshooting 101

Every time you try to start a fire in your fireplace, you have a problem with smoke blowing into the room. This issue could be the result of several different problems with your chimney. This is why chimney troubleshooting is such an important skill. When something is wrong with your fireplace and chimney, you need a chimney professional. One who has the knowledge and training to expertly troubleshoot so that the problem is diagnosed and repaired quickly; thus saving you time and money!

In the Upstate South Carolina area, Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists are here to troubleshoot your chimney and fireplace issues. Our chimney experts have the best industry credentials. These include certifications from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). Not to mention years of experience in working on chimneys all over our service area. You can trust us to take care of all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs. We would like to tell you more about how we troubleshoot chimney problems.


When Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists inspects chimneys, we follow the guidelines that are set in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 211; Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances. The purpose of this code?

  • Reducing fire hazards by informing chimney professionals with the guidelines for the safe removal of flue gases.
  • The proper installation of hearth appliances.
  • Any other chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation professional service.

This code also outlines the procedures for the three different levels of chimney inspections, which we carefully and closely follow on every inspection we perform. You can trust us to look for flue blockages, cracked liners, and damaged bricks and mortar joints. In addition, any other type of chimney damage that could cause problems in the operation of your chimney and fireplace system.


After our inspection of your chimney, Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists will provide you with a written estimate of any necessary repair work if we find any damage. You can trust us to give you a fair and honest estimate. Why? This is because we have signed the CSIA Code of Ethics as part of our certification duties. In this code, we pledge to refrain from using dishonest and deceptive business practices. No matter what type of chimney damage is found, we can successfully repair it. Our chimney professionals have the training and experience to replace missing masonry materials, install a new chimney liner, locate and repair chimney leaks, and perform many other types of chimney repairs.

Make sure your chimney will work safely and efficiently all winter. Contact us today at Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney maintenance services!