Chimney Sweeping

Chimneys are essentially big exhaust pipes for your fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove, oil burner or gas heater. Wood burning produces smoke, soot, creosote (tar fog), ash, cinders and water vapor that travel up the flue where they can condense and build up. This build up contains combustible deposits (creosote) that can feed a chimney fire causing damage to the chimney and possibly the structure of the home. Chimneys are swept to remove this build up from the flue to prevent poor performance and chimney fires. Chimney sweeping also removes anything that may conceal or otherwise block visual inspection of the venting system. Cracks in flue liners and deteriorated mortar joints are easily hidden by soot, fly ash, creosote and other products of combustion.

There is a straight forward 6 step sweeping process at taught by the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Program Reference Manual.

  1. Preliminary Examination – This is where we look for anything out of the ordinary and ask the owner about the venting system
  2. Inside Preparation – Prepare the inside of the house around the chimney to prevent making a mess
  3. Flue Sweeping and Inspection – This is just like it sounds; chimney sweep and inspection
  4. Inside Sweeping – Sweep the fireplace, smoke chamber, stove, insert, connector, etc
  5. Level 1 Inspection – Final examination, clean up and documentation
  6. Customer review – Go over the inspection report with the owner

Any safety issues, structural defects or recommendations will be given along with estimates for repairs if needed.

It has been our experience that solid fuel burning appliances and the chimneys that serve them are one of the most neglected parts of any home. 85%-90% of all the issues we run into can be prevented with routine sweeping and maintenance. Unfortunately most people wait until there is a problem, be it smoke backing up in to the home or even a chimney fire, to call a chimney sweep.

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No dust, no mess

 

 

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