We look for the type of chimney you have, the liner type, if present, the size of your chimney flues, the type fuel you burn, both fireplace, or stove, and central heating. We also check for code compliance as to construction, clearances to combustible materials, proper stove or insert installation, and proper furnace and/or water heater connections to the chimney flue. We also check to see if you have a chimney cap installed.
Does the cleaning cause a mess in my home?
No. All our equipment is laid out on clean drop cloths in front of your fireplace. The fireplace is sealed off from the inside when brushing the chimney flue. The hose of our vacuum collects the debris as we brush the chimney. We can only brush the chimney as fast as our vacuum collects the dust. The dirtier the chimney flue, the slower we brush.
Do I need my Chimney cleaned? How Often?
YES. All chimneys should be evaluated annually and cleaned as required. The best time is at the end of the heating season. The evaluation is necessary to ensure that the chimney has adequate draft, is free of debris and cracks, and has no loose or missing mortar joints. Prefabricated chimneys are subjected to vibration from wind and the joints can become misaligned.
When is the best time of year to have my chimney cleaned?
We clean chimneys all year long, but the best time is at the end of the heating season. You don't have to wait weeks for an appointment, as in the fall, and if repairs are needed they can be completed in the spring and summer. Come that first chilly late summer or early fall evening you're all set to start.
Do I need a chimney cap?
All chimneys should have caps to prevent leaves, sticks, debris, animals and most importantly, rain and snow from entering the chimney flue.