Why Sweep your Chimney? To Reduce Risk of Fire and Unsafe Fumes!
Creosote is a Fire Hazard!
During normal chimney operation, a layer of Creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney, restricting air flow. The Creosote is very flammable. Once the Creosote catches fire, it can lead to the chimney and the building catching fire.
Between 1999 and 2002, the National Fire Protection Association reported an annual average of nearly 54,000 residential fires in the United States. These fires resulted in 320 deaths, nearly 1,300 injuries, and over $637 million in property damage. Chimney fires can be a direct result of failing to perform routine maintenance, such as chimney cleanings and inspections. Cleaning your chimney is one way to reduce the likelihood of a chimney fire and it can also help prevent the odors frequently emitted by a dirty chimney.
How often should I have my Chimney cleaned?
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends yearly inspections and cleanings as needed. If you are burning wood, it is best to have your chimney cleaned annually for every two cords of wood burned. (One Cord = 4’x4’x8′). If you have an oil flue, inspections are also essential to insure that your chimney is venting properly.
Another chimney hazard are animals that may build nests in the flue. Cracks, holes or obstructions in a chimney flue can cause dangerous carbon monoxide fumes, or soot, and leak into your home.
When is the best time of year to have my chimney cleaned?
It is best to have your chimney cleaned once you have finished using it for the winter season, usually during March, April or May. If chimney swifts use your chimney for nesting, it is best to have your chimney cleaned in early March, before they begin their migration.
How long will a chimney cleaning take?
A chimney cleaning usually requires approximately an hour to complete; however, this will vary depending on the condition of the chimney.
Will there be a mess left behind after I have my chimney cleaned?
Tri-State Chimney follows several procedures to ensure your home is left cleaner than we got there, following a chimney cleaning.
Clean drop cloths will be placed on the floor to insure against tracking.
To make sure no soot, dust, or dirt enters your home, large dust containment vacuums will be use to control any dust.
Your flue, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and the firebox will be brushed completely before vacuuming
After sweeping, the workplace will be thoroughly cleaned and all materials removed from your premises.
You shall receive a written report detailing the completion of the process and any further maintenance recommended.
Do you need to come inside my home in order to clean my chimney?
To provide a thorough cleaning, our workers will need to go inside your home. Depending on your chimney, we may also need to get on the roof.