Chimney cleaning and inspections
Cleanings and inspections are an important part of having a fireplace. If not done regularly dangerous conditions can occur that put you and your family at risk.
We Perform 3 levels of Cleanings:
Basic Cleaning (Level I) - Which we use regular brushes along with a Hepa Filtered Fireplace specific Vacuum. We try to clean all fireplaces from the roof, which not only makes sure we clean the entire chimney, but also gives us a good view of your chimney and we can find any issues that you may need repaired.
Power Cleaning (Level II) – We use rotary powered whips and chains to break the soot build- up along with our Level (I) Cleaning Procedure.
Chemical Cleaning (Level III) –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.
Basic Inspection (Level I). 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
With most cleanings we do, we also perform a Video inspection (Level II) – 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.
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.