Why Clean Your Chimney?
Oil Flues - Oil chimney sweeping and inspection is necessary to remove oil soot (unburned carbon & sulfur produced from the furnace) which deteriorates the interior of a chimney. If the chimneys are not swept on a regular basis, the lining will deteriorate and break down from a sulfuric acid reaction, possibly even collapse, allowing deadly carbon monoxide intrusion into tour home! Many people think when they have their furnace serviced, that the technician cleans the chimney also, but they do not. This is the chimney sweep's job! Even very small amounts of carbon monoxide, which carbon monoxide detectors may not pick up, are very hazardous to your health.Call today for your chimney sweep!
Wood Burning Flues - Cleaning and inspection of wood stoves, inserts & wood furnaces should be done on a yearly basis. The creosote must be removed by sweeping the flue, the stove pipe and removing the accumulated creosote at the base. Then the chimney and stove should be inspected for any cracks and proper installation and clearances to combustibles, according to the NFPA-211 national code (which is designed for your protection). More and more insurance companies are requiring wood stoves to be certified by a "CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep”.
Fireplace Systems - Fireplaces need to be cleaned to remove the creosote from the flue, smoke chamber, damper shelf (very important because creosote accumulates on the shelf and can only be cleaned by removing the damper or vacuuming it), damper throat and firebox. Cleaning the fireplace on a regular basis will help prevent chimney fires and keep a good flow of air so there is no smoke backup. Just a small amount of creosote on the liner can severely restrict the flow of air.
Pellet Stoves - Pellet stove chimneys should also be cleaned on a yearly basis. Each stove comes with manufacturers instructions that guide the homeowner on daily or weekly cleaning instructions, but the chimney also needs professional swept to remove the ash produced from the pellets in the chimney.
Every chimney needs a chimney sweep to be safe! We service all of Vermont and are fully certified and insured. Call us today!