Why Chimney Sweeping?
One of the main reasons for chimney cleaning is fire prevention. The most important thing you can do is have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected annually. We want to make sure that we remove any creosote buildup. The next thing that can help prevent a fire is using a chimney liner and never use paper or combustible liquids in the fireplace. When you need a chimney inspection we will send out our highly trained chimney sweeper team to give a thorough assessment.
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No Obligation Chimney Inspection
Our technicians will do a visual check of the fireplace and chimney. We will look for damage, obstructions, creosote buildup and soot. Remember, a chimney sweep is about the safety of you and your home. This process will determine whether we recommend a chimney sweeping. Of course, the inspection and estimate is completely free!
Important Chimney Components We Check
The crown is a downward-sloping concrete, stone, or metal overhang at the top of the chimney that diverts water away from the chimney exterior to prevent erosion. If cracked, usually as a result of weather exposure or the use of weak construction materials, rainwater can run down the sides of the chimney and erode it, compromising its structural integrity over time. Rainwater can also slip inside the flue and degrade the flue liner.
The flue liner—a clay, ceramic, or metal conduit located between the flue and the chimney walls—protects chimney walls from heat and corrosion when by-products of fire are directed out through the flue. It also keeps smoke and harmful vapors like carbon monoxide from traveling through potential cracks in chimney masonry and entering your home. When cracks form in the flue because of excessive heat, water damage, or wear and tear, high heat or embers can damage chimney walls or touch surrounding combustible materials of the home and spark a chimney fire. Smoke and vapors can also travel through cracks in masonry and enter the home, potentially exposing you to carbon monoxide.
If you have a masonry (e.g., brick) chimney, the porous material can easily expand or contract with heat or cold, and eventually form small cracks. These cracks can grow larger and jeopardize the structure of the chimney or let smoke and vapor in the flue slip indoors, especially if coupled with cracks in the flue liner. A pro can inspect the integrity of brick and mortar on chimneys and recommend necessary masonry repairs.