Why should a chimney be cleaned?
Few things are more comforting then spending an evening in front of a warm fire. However, that same warm fire can become a serious fire hazard. Whenever wood burns, it releases pollutants in the form of gas and particles. Creosote forms as the gases rise and begin to cool. Creosote is a highly flammable coating that sticks to chimney walls and wood-stove pipes. These dangerous deposits must be removed in order to use your fireplace or stove safely.
When should I have my Chimney cleaned and inspected?
At least once each year you should have your chimney checked and cleaned if necessary, by a chimney sweep professional. If you heat with wood it may be wise to have the chimney checked more often.
When is the best time to have the chimney checked?
If you haven't had it done this year, then now! But for routine maintenance, in the spring is the best time, April and May are great because the heating season is usually over. Chimney cleaning in the spring leaves the chimney free of corrosive and foul- smelling soot deposits during the hot, humid summer months. And in the fall, you will be ready for the cold weather. No waiting for an appointment during the busy season is also a plus!
How is a chimney cleaned?
Our cleaning process involves cleaning the entire system from the top of the chimney down, brushing all debris down toward the firebox. We then clean the firebox, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, damper, and lintel area. The mess is contained with tarps and dust is controlled by a heavy-duty vacuum with specialized filters specifically designed for dust control. All debris is removed. During the cleaning process a thorough inspection of the chimney system is performed to determine whether the fireplace or appliance can be used safely and if any repairs are necessary. Detailed reports are completed on site covering specific parts of the chimney. Typically this chimney cleaning process can take from 1 to 2 hours.