Chimney cleaning is of great importance.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Fire Protection Agency recommends annual Chimney inspections.
Over time soot from smoke and other particles build up on the walls of your chimney. Collections of soot can clog your chimney and prevent smoke and soot from leaving your home. Chimneys release particles from fireplaces and woodstoves which can develop into deposits that cause dangerous chimney fires. Proper and annual inspection will maintain the wellness of your chimney.
Keeping a chimney clean and clear of debris is not only important to the safety of your family and fireplace, but, keeping a clean chimney will prevent the need for costly repairs caused by a dirty and clogged chimney. Chimney cleaning will allow for appropriate ventilation and the emission of Carbon Monoxide and flammable gases. A clean chimney is not only essential for keeping a healthy and functioning fireplace, but for the safety and well being of your family too.
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS THAT MY CHIMNEY NEEDS TO BE INSPECTED?
If soot rains down when you open or close your damper or if you measure and have one-eighth of an inch of creosote (a dark brown or black flammable tar) buildup it is important to get a chimney inspection.
Fireplace and wood burning stove chimneys:
These chimneys naturally develop a coating of creosote inside the smoke chamber and flue system over time. If not cleaned regularly, the creosote becomes thicker and harder to remove and can result in a chimney fire.
Oil Burner Chimneys:
Oil Burner Chimneys function to pull fumes from the oil burner outside and thus need a required amount of air for the oil burner to operate properly. Soot and clay over time will generally fill the area that connects the horizontal pipe from the oil burner. It is important to maintain the ventilation of your oil burner chimney so that dangerous gases do not spill back into your home and for your burner to work at peak efficiency.
Gas Burner Chimneys:
Gas burns very efficiently; however, gas appliances require regular maintenance in order to operate properly. Gas Burner Chimneys in particular require protective caps to ward off birds and squirrels, as well as protect from debris from wind or overhanging trees. Blockage in the chimney flue is an easy way for Carbon Monoxide to enter your home. Often older gas chimneys will contain an older terra cotta lining which will chip over time and can cause a blockage. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, and could be a serious danger to your family.
An inexpensive measure to offer safety and prevent damage, chimney caps function to provide long-term protection for your chimney. They even include an animal guard to prevent birds, squirrels and other small animals from entering your chimney. Chimney caps come in several varieties which depending on where you live or on special circumstances will best fit your needs. For more information on chimney caps, liners, inspections, or for a free estimate, please call us or fill out the form below.
- Standard, Custom or Copper Caps
- Stainless Steel Liners
- Triple Walls
- Chase Pans
- Wood Burning Stove Installation
- Design Mantels
In order to protect your home you must protect your chimney. Masonry chimneys, which are most often constructed with cement and brick, are subject to water damage when met with direct water contact. Temperature changes can cause water to freeze and expand between miniscule cracks and grooves resulting in stress on materials. To maintain the traditional beauty and condition of your chimney it is essential to prevent water damage that affects both the interior and exterior of your chimney.