Chimney Cleaning Services
Chimney sweeping will not leave a mess in your home
What is Creosote?
Creosote is the byproduct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, including coal, oil and wood. When creosote builds up to 1/8" to ¼" thick, it can ignite and start a fire in your chimney. This can cause extensive damage to the chimney as well as your home. With an updraft, igniting creosote can sound like a train in your living room, but it may sound like howling wind outside if it ignites on just one side of the flue. Regardless, it can cause extensive damage. If you have creosote it’s important to give us a call so we may remove it.
Is Chimney Cleaning Necessary for a Smoking Fireplace?
There are several causes of a smoking fireplace. Your chimney requires proper capacity and draft to allow smoke up and out of the flue. Even if a fire is burning, a chimney that is operating too cold may have a low draft that is not sufficient to exhaust gases. A smoking fireplace may be caused by creosote build-up or debris in the flue, as well as a flue that is not sized properly. Our technicians will inspect your chimney to determine if soot build-up is the cause and perform an expert sweep to fix the problem.
How Often to Have Your Chimney Cleaned
The National Fire Protection Association Standard recommends inspecting fireplaces, chimneys and vents at least once a year and performs cleaning and repairs when necessary. Even if you do not use your chimney very often, animals made build nests or there may be deterioration that can make the chimney unsafe. Open masonry fireplaces should be swept when there is 1/8" of build-up, or sooner if there is any glaze. Pre-fab fireplaces should be swept when there is a noticeable amount of build-up.