Having your chimney swept and inspected anunually improves the air quality in your home and also prevents potential hazards such as chimney in-structure fires, creosote build-up, smoke and /or carbon monoxide, cracks and obstructions. Neglecting care of a chimney can restrict the flow of gas, causing smoke to reenter the home or even cause a fire. There are more then 18,000 chimney fires every year! Annual maintenance is recommended for all pellet fuel chimneys and oil chimneys for your safety and optimum performance of your fireplace and chimney.
At Advanced Chimney Cleaning, we are committed to chimney safety. We have almost 20 years of chimney sweeping experience and provide only the best service.
Creosote is the byproduct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, including coal, oil and wood. When creosote builds up to 1/8 or 1/4" 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 inspect it.
Chimney sweeping typically takes 45 minutes to two hours, although a thorough inspection of your chimney and fireplace may add additional time to our visit. During the visit, our chimney technicians will remove byproducts of combustion like creosote using specialized brushes and power cleaning tools, as well as industrial vacuums to control airborne dust. We clean most chimneys from inside the home to better control dust.
Chimney sweeping will not leave a mess in your home, drop cloths will be used to protect your home during the cleaning, and our fireplace technicians will lay out all equipment on clean drop cloths. A vacuum collects the debris as we brush the chimney.
Free-standing wood stoves are a bit more difficult to sweep, as the pipes that are connected at the top turn into the masonry chimney. This usually requires disconnection and reconnection. Wood stoves should be swept once a year as they generate a substantial amount of creosote.
Pellet stoves also require routine maintenance and cleaning. A full cleaning of the entire system should be performed once a year, or after every 1 to 2 tons of fuel burned. This is best done during the off-season. If you burn low-grade pellet in a low-grade pellet stove, you may require pellet stove cleaning more often than annually.
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.
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.
Chimney sweeping is a very important service that protects your home and your family while ensuring your chimney works as it should. Advanced Chimney Cleaning will make sure your fireplace and chimney are completely safe and operational before the heating season begins for valuable peace of mind.
No matter what fireplace you have, it is important to get it evaluated annually & cleaned as needed.
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