What is a Chimney Sweep and Why Do I Need One?
A chimney sweep (or chimney cleaning) is the process of removing the creosote that accumulates inside the chimney and fireplace. Deposits of soot are extremely flammable and should be removed regularly to prevent a chimney fire. Regular chimney cleanings, inspections and maintenance should be performed on wood-burning fireplaces and appliance venting systems such as heating oil, natural gas and wood/pellet stoves by a chimney sweep. Even fireplaces that are rarely used should be inspected annually to ensure the chimney is free of creosote, soot, cracks or loose mortar and is safe for use.
How is Chimney Cleaning Performed?
Our chimney cleaning equipment is specifically designed for the type of chimney we are sweeping – whether it be a large masonry fireplace, furnace flue, wood stove or a metal factory-built chimney system. All brush-able creosote and soot are removed without damage to the fireplace or chimney. This include the elbows in factory-built chimneys or connector pipes, which can become separated by using improperly sized or inappropriate brushes or rods. The work is done from both the outside and the inside of the home using proven methods to assure that no soot or creosote escapes into the room. Drop cloths, rug runners, a high speed vacuum, tarps over the fireplace and shoe covers allow us to guarantee a mess-free cleaning! All soot and creosote dislodged during the cleaning process will be removed from the smoke shelf and firebox.
Our technicians will also examine the fireplace (or appliance) and chimney and provide you with information regarding any problems or concerns discovered during the cleaning process.