Why Get a Chimney Sweep?
One of the main reasons for chimney cleaning and fireplace 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 of your fireplace.
No Obligation Chimney & Fireplace Inspection
Our fireplace and chimney 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! Here are some of the things we are looking for:
- We will make sure that the chimney structure is sound and that the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, such as creosote.
- Next part of inspection includes examining all portions of a chimney including parts that can’t always be seen in a regular level 1 inspection (may require a chimney camera). To include but not limited to the ash pit, the clean out, the entire smoke chamber, and all parts of the chimney flue.
- Thirdly, the most comprehensive of chimney inspections and also the least common due to lack of necessity, will examine concealed areas of the chimney.
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.
Chimney and Fireplace Safety Is Our Top Priority in Houston
Video Camera Inspections for Chimney
Creosote Removal from Chimney
Resolve Smoke Drafting Issues
Solve Water Leaks in Chimney
Rebuild Brick Chimneys
Expert Masonry Work for Chimney
Animal and Nest Removal from Chimney
Waterproofing for Chimney
Wood and Gas Burning Fireplaces
Oil and Gas Boiler Flues
Wood Burning Stove Flues
Hot Water Heater Flues
Flue Liners for Chimney
Standard Size Caps
New Chimneys and Fireplaces Built
Custom Made Caps
Wood Burning Stoves
Fireplace Glass Doors
Custom Made Chase Pans
Metal Smoke Stacks
Top and Bottom Dampers
Our effective chimney repair services play an important role to make sure that you’re safe around the clock. Having fireplace and chimney repairs will give your chimney a much longer lifespan, avoid serious problems with your home and enhance its appearance. Call us to schedule an inspection so you can make sure you don’t need any immediate repairs and can safely use your fireplace.
We provide thorough chimney inspections and chimney cleaning services to prevent chimney fires, exhaust chimneys properly and help your home heating system perform efficiently. At American Air Ducts, we take pride in our long-term relationships with our customers. We schedule annual cleanings and service for them in a timely manner getting them prepared for the fall and winter seasons.
Call the best certified chimney company (that is us!) now to ask us how you can save on your heating bills this Fall and Winter in Houston!!! We could give you some options to cut your spending this winter season by installing a wood stove, gas stove or a fireplace insert. CSIA for chimney sweep and chemical protocols. We have been receiving calls for appliances, unfortonately, we do not service those, for appliances we would diy. In the mean time, we will go to the roof to find any issues with your chimney and brush / clean it.