Dear PoPville – Chimney Help

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a three-story rowhouse rental unit with a fireplace on each floor (the living room and two bedrooms). In our lease, it states that the tenants are responsible for chimney upkeep/maintenance. The chimneys have not been inspected or cleaned in the two years I have lived here, and I highly doubt they had been checked for a number of years prior to that. I would like to know if PoPville has experience with reputable and ideally inexpensive chimney maintenance companies.

My chimney knowledge only goes as far as Mary Poppins. How much is a reasonable quote for inspection and cleaning in DC? As the fireplaces all share the same chimney track, does this technically count as one chimney, or would they charge additional costs for each fireplace/floor? Are there any particular questions you’d recommend asking, or specific conditions to be aware of? As we begin to approach fall, it would be great to have the option for a cozy fire. Thanks!”

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