Chimney cleaning & Sweeping

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Keeping your chimney clean is essential for the safety of your home. A heavy build-up of creosote can lead to chimney fires and can contribute to air pollution. Our regular cleanings can ensure the safety of your family. There are, generally speaking, three types of creosote are found in chimneys and they are usually called ‘stages’ or ‘degrees.’  All three forms are all combustible and should be removed.

First Degree Creosote Buildup

First-degree creosote has a high percentage of soot and can be removed from a chimney effectively with a chimney brush. First-degree creosote develops when there is a relatively good combustion of the wood and/or relatively high flue gas temperatures.

Second Degree Creosote Buildup

Second-degree creosote is generally in shiny black flakes. Imagine dry, hard tar corn flakes, and in greater volume than first-degree creosote.

Third Degree Creosote Buildup

Third-degree creosote buildup occurs when the flue temperatures are low and/or combustion is incomplete. Third-degree creosote looks like tar coating or running down the inside of the chimney.  It is extremely concentrated fuel.  It can get very thick as it hardens and is recoated over and over.

Sweeping the chimney

Our standard cleaning will include a state of the art video inspection to determine if repairs are needed and the amount of creosote has built up. Then we will do a in depth removal of the creosote deposits in the chimney flue, smoke chamber, and firebox. We will use chimney brushes, hand brushes, and special rods. A soot vacuum will be used to remove ash from your fireplace.