Wood heat has a special and unique appeal. There is nothing else quite like it. It is also an inexpensive heat source, which makes it even more appealing. In order to enjoy this heat safely, though, it is very important that your system is properly maintained. Regular chimney cleanings and the proper chimney system is more than just a good idea. In the U.S., structure fires originating from a chimney have recently averaged over 25,000 per year. Reduce your risk of fire by calling ProClean Cleaning Services for a chimney cleaning and inspection.
Chimney sweeping is needed to remove creosote deposits and other debris from chimneys and vents. Creosote buildup in chimneys can lead to chimney fires or flue blockages. During a chimney fire temperatures inside the chimney often exceed 2000 degrees and this can destroy your chimney and may set your house on fire. In the event of a flue blockage which may be caused by creosote or other debris such as animal nesting, dangerous fumes can be forced into your home.
Here are some answers to most popular question:
Why do I need to have my chimney swept?
Regularly cleaning your chimney is important for two major reasons: safety and performance. As you regularly use your fireplace soot and creosote gradually build up along the walls of your chimney. If these deposits are allowed to build up long enough they may ignite. This ignition can cause a chimney fire, putting your home and family in danger. Regularly cleaning your chimney also improves the airflow and overall performance of the chimney. If you have ever noticed smoke coming out of your fireplace and into your living room, the reason is most likely that your chimney needs to be cleaned or your spark arrestor could be sealing off with creosote.
How often should I have my chimney swept?
If you use your fireplace at least once a week during the burning season you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned once a year. Using your fireplace even one time will result in some creosote deposits in the chimney flu.
What should I expect during a typical chimney sweep inspection/appointment?
After making an appointment with ProClean, our chimney sweeping team will arrive at your home and inspect the inside of your fireplace. After inspecting the fireplace and the flu, they will determine whether or not your chimney needs cleaning. If it does, we will lay down drop-cloth around the fireplace, place our equipment on the drop-cloth and begin the cleaning process. Upon finishing a sweep, all soot and ashes will be cleaned from your fireplace, and the blankets/equipment will be removed in a manner that keeps your home as clean as it was upon arrival.
Is chimney sweeping a messy process? Do I need to put sheets over my furniture before an appointment?
There is no doubt that a fireplace can be a very messy place. However, done professionally the chimney sweeping process is very clean and will not dirty your home. You do not need to put sheets over your furniture. However if you do feel more comfortable covering up your furniture, please do. We will not feel insulted. For every sweep we use a vacuum specifically designed for the soot and ash found in fireplaces and chimneys. We insert the hose of our vacuum inside of the fireplace while we do the cleaning to catch any debris and prevent it from entering your living room or home.
How long does it take inspect and clean a chimney?
You can expect a typical appointment to last anywhere from 30 minutes-1 hour depending on how dirty the chimney is. Most inspections and cleaning are done by two individuals ensuring that all work is done efficiently and in a timely manner.
If it rains, sleets, or snows, can you still sweep my chimney?
In most cases, yes. Because we do not need to get on your roof to clean and inspect your chimney, it is generally not a problem. If we determine that we cannot sweep your chimney that day, we will call you to reschedule.