Fireplace Sweeps

Fireplace Chimney Sweeps

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A full interior and exterior inspection is conducted with every fireplace sweep; at no additional cost.

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

Chimneys must be swept annually to remove soot/creosote that can cause chimney fires. The complete exterior of the chimney, including the bricks, mortar, flashing, roof saddle, concrete crown and everything else will be inspected with every sweep. The fire box, damper, smoke chamber and flue will then be assessed for cracks and breaches in the flue liner. Should a more thorough assessment of the flue be required, a video inspection can be carried out upon request.

Assessing Integrity – Once an inspection has been completed, one of our fully trained professionals will be able to visually assess the chimney looking both up and down it, but as they are not able to climb inside, an integrity test will be performed. We will push the rods and brushes through the chimney, and if there is an issue with integrity you may see parts of brick, mortar or tile become compromised and fall down the shaft. This will suggest an integrity issue, which is vitally important to address as soon as possible for optimum safety.

Cleaning – This will clear creosote/soot deposits within the chimney, therefore reducing the risk of a chimney fire which allows for proper ventilation of dangerous combustion gases. Creosote is a highly flammable substance, which is caused naturally through regular burning of wood and other fossil fuels. Creosote will be carried upwards with the smoke and will coat the inside of the chimney as it cools, which can compromise the safety of the structure over time. It is essential that a full sweep is performed annually to dislodge any obstructions and remove this creosote. Our professionals provide a full manual or roto-mechanical (the use of a wire whip, attached to a powerful, high-speed drill) sweep to ensure your chimney flue liner, smoke shelf, damper and firebox are all fully cleaned. Leaving no mess guaranteed.

Removing & Preventing Obstructions – Obstructions to your chimney might include: small animals, nesting, collapsed chimney liner and excessive creosote build-up – including creosote bridging. There may be more steps taken to fully ensure the removal of all obstructions, as traditional sweeps may not alone remove all blockages. It’s imperative for you and your families’ safety that these procedures are carried out annually or when needed due to unforeseen circumstances such as: high winds, lightning, large tree branches falling and hitting the chimney, etc – which could compromise the integrity of your chimney.

Rule of thumb – A sweep needs to occur per every face cord (a stack of wood that is 4ft tall by 8ft long) burned, if there is 1/8 creosote buildup on the inner liner or smoke chamber or even if you’ve never burned and wish to burn for the first time.

Many assume if they have never burned that it is safe to do so but homeowners need to keep in mind that damage can occur even without burning for years. Lightning may have struck a side of the chimney, causing structural damage. Rain, snow, sleet, ice, and freezing Chicago temperatures cause havoc upon chimneys. Be safe and have your chimney inspected by one of our highly trained professionals.

Allow us to inspect your chimney for safety!

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