There is never a good reason to put your home and family at risk. We are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and members of the National Chimney Safety Guild. We have dedicated over two decades to schooling and experience in our field. Your chimney can host a multitude of health and safety issues. We are certified and properly trained and tested on what to look for in regards to chimney dynamics, clearances, height requirement, code, safety, and more. Using a certified company to properly maintain, clean, and inspect your chimney will give you peace of mind and knowledge it was done right. Most people have no idea what goes into a professional chimney inspection and cleaning. Always use a certified professional company to take care of your chimney.
Methods of cleaning:
Top Down (Rod Method): This process of cleaning is completed on the top of the roof. Our cleaning professionals use the chimney brush to clean the interior flue lining. The chimney brush is connected to flexible rods, which are added as we work down the chimney in order to complete the entire chimney sweep. We use a dust control vacuum inside your home while sweeping your chimney. This ensures our no mess guarantee.
Bottom Up: Your chimney is cleaned from the inside of your house – your fireplace or woodstove – up through the chimney opening. There are cases where this is the best method for dust control purposes or chimney accessibility. Our professionals are trained to produce the best results for you and your home by supplying tarps, drop cloths, and a dust control vacuum to ensure the cleanliness of your home and furniture. We guarantee no mess to your home.
Generally, we use wire brushes for masonry terra cotta flue chimneys and for metal chimneys we use special polypropylene brushes. It is important that the proper type and size brush for the chimney application is used. A chimney can get damaged if the wrong brush is used to sweep it.
What you should expect from a certified Professional:
Sweep the entire flue lining system.
Clean the smoke chamber.
Clean off the smoke shelf of all debris.
Clean the firebox of debris and buildup.
Clean the damper and test the damper for proper functionality.
Brush off the grate.
Document any issues that were discovered.
Relate any concerns to the customer and give options for solutions.
Answer any and all follow up questions.
We include a 21 point inspection with our cleanings.
We can also video scan your chimney for additional detailed findings.
We can also send you pictures and or show you pictures of what we discover.
Why do I need a licensed and certified chimney sweep?
Experience and education is the cornerstone of diagnosis and remedy. Certified companies must pass an industry specific test that will qualify their expertise. Warrantees can be void if not properly installed. Certified companies give piece of mind. National guidelines and Fire Protection agency guidelines make up a good portion of the testing.
Why do I need my chimney cleaned or inspected and how often?
If you are using the chimney to vent a fireplace, wood, coal or pellet stove, gas or oil appliance, the flue should be inspected and cleaned once a year. A sudden rise in temperatures in the flue associated with a chimney fire is often the main cause of tiles cracking. Burning wood gives off smoke that passes through the venting system then cools and solidifies causing creosote. A common problem is creosote, a chemical substance formed from the burning of wood, which builds up inside the chimney. It is a potential fire hazard and the primary fuel in most chimney fires. A chimney fire can create deadly gases, and if it gets hot enough, the fire can spread. Creosote and soot reduce the draft and diminish the efficiency of the system. Annual chimney inspection by a CSIA chimney sweep is a modest investment that can reduce the danger of chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. As a loose guideline you should have the chimney swept after each cord of wood used. An inspection should be done prior to buying a home.
What is involved in chimney cleaning and inspection?
All of our chimney sweeps come with a 21-point inspection, which will help identify any problems or potential concerns with your system. A chimney vacuum is used to make sure all particles and dust stay contained and controlled. Chimney sweeping is done with different types of brushes. A manual cleaning, with special equipment, may be needed to remove creosote buildup. Our equipment is specifically designed for the type of chimney we are servicing whether it is a large masonry fireplace, furnace flue, or metal factory built chimney system. A camera may be used to get better visual on a potential concern. An inspection includes but may not be limited to, the firebox, cap, crown, liner, damper, windows, screens, brick, mortar joints, and more. Disclosure of the findings will be given on the inspection report. If further work is needed on the chimney we will give you the details and approximate cost.
There are a variety of problems with chimneys. Here are a few things we see: