Chimney cleaning & Sweeping
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.