Chimney cleaning may sound like a simple process, yet it is a very detailed and important task and should be done by a properly trained expert. Having a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your chimney annually is the key to maintaining your chimney and fireplace, and protecting your home and valuables.
When your fireplace is in use, your chimney is working hard to keep all of the very hot, harmful gasses contained so they can be vented out properly. Over time, debris such as creosote (a residue that can result from unburned flue gasses), can settle on the lining of your chimney. Creosote is highly flammable, capable of exploding and burning at nearly 2,000 degrees, putting your chimney under very high strain. A well trained chimney sweep will be on the lookout for such build ups, and can carefully remove these blockages, allowing for safe burning.
The National Fire Protection Agency says that chimneys should be inspected annually and cleaned as needed. This will help to ensure your safety and the long term structural stability of your home.
A few pointers to having a chimney swept
- Please avoid having a fire for at least 24 hours before your appointment
- Please have any furniture or breakables at least 6 to 8 feet from the fireplace
The process usually takes about an hour to complete, you can expect your technician to:
- Sweep your chimney flue
- Scrub your smoke chamber and smoke shelf with hand tools
- Check for any fire hazards
- Check for any water penetration points
- Inspect accessible portions of your chimney interior and exterior
- Inspect factory built units for cracks
- Sweep the firebox clear of any ash
- Check chimney liner for cracks gaps and missing mortar joints
- Give you a full written report of the appointment
Call us to learn more, or to schedule an appointment!