CHIMNEY SWEEPING

You may not realize how important it is for your home to have an annual chimney sweep/inspection. The construction of masonry chimneys should conform to proportions and standard building practices per the NFPA 211 Standards and International Residential Code.  If a chimney isn’t built or maintained correctly, it may not work properly, and may even be a fire and Carbon Monoxide hazard.  Although masonry chimneys are carefully designed to contain a chimney fire in order to keep it from spreading to the rest of the home, they are also the source of a deadly buildup of a highly flammable substance called creosote. This substance, if it builds up in sufficient quantities, can cause an extremely destructive chimney fire. The only way to prevent this from happening is an extensive chimney sweep. 

For safety’s sake be sure to have your chimney swept/inspected once a year to prevent CO poisoning or fires resulting from creosote.

chimney-sweeping-1The job of the chimney sweep is to remove soot, blockages and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper as well as perform an inspection. This cleaning will help create a safer operation of your system during the heating system. It takes only a small accumulation of creosote glazing to create the potential for chimney fires which are all too common and often go unnoticed by the homeowner at the time of the event. Once a chimney has been damaged, often with internal damages that are not readily accessible, a second chimney fire is more likely to escape the masonry structure due to gaps created by cracks in mortar and bricks.   IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU MAY HAVE HAD A CHIMNEY FIRE – DO NOT CONTINUE TO USE THE CHIMNEY –  YOU COULD BE PUTTING YOUR FAMILY AND HOME IN HARMS WAY!!  Contact us immediately for an inspection!

SOME REASONS FOR  CREOSOTE BUILD UP:

  • Flues too large for the burning appliance
  • Poor burning practices (not burning hot enough)
  • Green (unseasoned) vs. seasoned wood
  • Type of wood (pine/soft wood vs. hard wood) 

Every year hundreds of houses burn down because of dirty chimneys. At fault in most all chimney fires –  accumulated CREOSOTE – which is the HIGHLY-FLAMMABLE substance that builds up inside your chimney or liner as a byproduct of burning wood. Creosote can accumulate more quickly if you practice poor burning practices or if you have a burning appliance or stove that’s not working well or connected properly. Chimney fires are notorious for being terribly destructive and can quickly engulf a home, especially if the culprit is the highly-flammable creosote buildup inside of a neglected chimney like it most often is. However, not all chimney fires are immediately obvious.  And even more dangerous than a chimney fire is carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year tens of thousands of cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are reported, and tens of thousands more go unreported. CO poisoning kills hundreds every year and costs billions in sickness and lost productivity. Heating appliances – gas, oil and wood alike – are big contributors to those statistics. A blocked or poorly vented gas flue won’t catch fire, but it may kill you anyway. Don’t keep putting off that chimney inspection/sweep- call Don’s Chimney Care today to schedule an appointment. 

ABOUT OUR SERVICE

First and foremost, the lead technician that we send to your home is a trained and certified chimney sweep who will be easily identified as an employee of Don’s Stove Shop & Chimney Care by the vehicle they drive and the shirts they wear.  They will be professional, friendly & courteous and can provide you with an industry ID if requested.  We will not sweep your chimney if it does not need it.  However, an inspection is part of a chimney sweep so the fee for the inspection will still be assessed.  There are several companies that will perform unnecessary services and charge the customers for those services-  WE ARE NOT ONE OF THOSE COMPANIES!!!

Don’s Stove Shop Policy – WE WILL NEVER CHARGE FOR A SERVICE THAT IS NOT PERFORMED.   WE WILL NEVER BILL FOR A PART THAT IS NOT USED. NEVER!!  We want to reciprocate the trust that you have placed in us, therefore, If you ever have any questions or concerns about your bill (or anything else for that matter) – Don would like you to bring it to his attention immediately so that he can explain or correct the mistake.

HOW DO WE SWEEP YOUR CHIMNEY? 

We lay down drop cloths in front of the hearth and we use vacuums to ensure that your home remains dust free and clean as we work on sweeping the inside of your chimney. We use a chimney brush on the end of chimney rods to brush your flu, either from the hearth or the roof, depending on the job. After sweeping the flue, the chimney sweep will inspect the interior of the flue for missing mortar joints, cracks in flue tiles, open gaps, deteriorating liner surfaces, interior firebox components as well as the damper and smoke chamber (if it is a fireplace).  We go to the roof to inspect your crown, cap, flashing and mortar joints as well as remove and dispose of any/all debris collected from the sweep.  When this is all done, we give you a written chimney condition report. If damages are found during inspection the sweep will recommend a proper repair method. Remember, all of our chimney technicians are certified to ensure the highest level of quality and professionalism. 

CALL US TODAY @ 897-4200 TO SCHEDULE A SWEEP FOR YOUR CHIMNEY