Chimney cleaning and inspections
Cleanings and inspections are an important part of having a fireplace. If not done regularly, dangerous conditions may occur, putting you and your family at risk.
We are often asked how a chimney is cleaned. We have a variety of brushes and other tools that we use. We try to clean all fireplaces from the roof, which not only provides the best access to thoroughly clean the entire chimney, but also gives us a proper view of your chimney so we can determine if there are any issues that may need attention or repair.
These are the three most common types of chimney cleanings:
Basic Cleaning - Performed using brushes that are sent down from the top of the chimney to sweep out the creosote. A Hepa filtered fireplace vacuum is used to remove all the debris from below.
Power Cleaning – We use rotary powered whips and chains to break the soot build- up along with our basic cleaning Procedure.
Chemical Cleaning – We spray chemicals in the chimney and ask the homeowner to have a few fires to activate the chemicals, so they can break down the soot. Then we go back and clean all the soot out. Some times this could take several applications of the chemicals, depending on the level of soot buildup. We always do everything we can to avoid this option for cleaning, as the Chemicals used can be very dangerous. Of course we always make our customers safety our number 1 priority and if we thought our customer would be harmed in any way we would not perform this cleaning.
Cre-Away: Is the Creosote Removal Product we typically use with our chemical Cleanings. Click the picture to go to their website.
(Level I) Basic Inspection . During a Basic inspection, we check readily accessible areas of the chimney, structure, and flue. Lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in the flue. Basic appliance installation and connection. As we look at the exterior of the chimney to note any brick or cap issues
(Level II) Video inspection – This is the most thorough flue inspection offered. This inspection includes the Level I, along with looking for Proper clearances from combustibles in an accessible location. Size and suitability of flues for connected appliances and Dangerous cracks or missing joints inside the flue.
(Level III) - This inspection requires access to attic spaces and may require the removal of walls to inspect the integrity of the chimney, this would be done after an event such as a chimney fire if necessary.
Annual inspections are required by the NFPA, typically done during routine cleaning of the chimney or upon direct replacement of a connected appliance with one of similar type, input rating, and efficiency.
Are you selling or buying a home?
Per NFPA 211 a level II (Camera) chimney inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of property.
Dryer Vent Cleanings –
Are your clothes taking longer than normal to dry? This may be because your dryer vent is clogged. More importantly, lint is Extremely flammable and a clogged dryer vent can start a fire. Check out this Website for more information on clogged dryer vents.