The chimney and fireplace cleaning involves removing creosote buildup from the flue, cleaning the smoke chamber, the damper, the smoke shelf and the fire box.
Chimneys, fireplaces and vents should to be inspected at least once per year. Even an unused chimney needs to be checked for possible animal nests or damage.
Level 1 Inspection – Included
The Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions and with the continued use of the same appliance.
The chimney service technician will examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection.
Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections.
Chimney and Fireplace Cleaning Benefits
The experts say routine chimney cleaning is a necessary maintenance. The chimney’s responsibility is to carry smoke away from the fireplace and out of the house.
Fire prevention experts each year say lives are tragically lost and millions of dollars in property damage occur due to chimney fires that could easily be prevented if the homeowner had maintenance routinely performed.
The benefits of a clean chimney and fireplace include helping the fireplace function efficiently and preventing the buildup of flammable creosote.
Chimney and Fireplace Cleaning Process
The Chimney and Fireplace cleaning method depends on the type of chimney and fireplace.
The rod method uses a long flexible rod with heavy duty sweepers on the end. The chimney sweep brushes the interior sides of the chimney to remove the build-up. We use either the “top down” from the roof or “bottom up” method from the interior of the home.
The weight method applies heavy weights to the brushes and gravity helps perform the scrubbing. The chimney sweep is raised and lowered using a pulley system.
The dual line method requires two chimney sweeps. One is at the top of the chimney and the other is at the bottom. The process is to pull and push the line running the length of the chimney. The attached brush scrubs down the sides of the chimney.
A chimney cap provides an essential function of keeping your chimney and flue in proper working order. Chimney caps prevent animals crawling into your fireplace and from birds nesting in your flue. It also protects your chimney from rain. Chimney caps also protect the crown, which is vital in keeping moisture from penetrating the mortar joints.
Every chimney needs a cap. The interior of your chimney is subject to deterioration from rain, snow, and other elements without it. Chimney caps come in a variety of styles (single flue, multi-flue, spark arrestors, and animal control) and materials.
We can properly select, install or replace a chimney cap or furnace flue cap based on the requirement.
Chimney fires occur when deposits of carbon and dust (creosote) accumulate in a chimney and are set on fire by sparks or flames from an open fire. The creosote deposits result when wood burns slowly and produces smoke, the smoke condenses on the cool inner surface of the chimney and a layer of creosote forms.
Creosote is a highly flammable material. If it ignites at the base of the chimney, it can produce a raging fire that travels up the chimney at extremely high temperatures. Most solid fuels create some kind of soot that builds up in the flue that will eventually catches fire if not maintained. Regular chimney cleaning reduces the risk of fire by removing creosote from your burning unit. Creosote WILL catch fire if allowed to build up–making it dangerous when left unchecked..