Why Chimney Sweeping is So Important
It might sound simple, but chimney sweeping is a detailed process that requires an expert’s care to be done right, and it’s key to keeping your chimney functioning and your home and family safe.
Whenever you use your fireplace or stove, your chimney is working to keep harmful substances that result from burning fuel — gases, smoke, particles, minerals and more — safely contained and then removed. But over time, debris and creosote (the residue that results from those byproducts moving up your chimney) builds up and can lead to blockages and fires. A trained chimney sweep will thoroughly and safely remove debris and creosote, allowing your chimney to do its job properly.
Chimney sweeping is an affordable and important part of preventative maintenance that can keep you safe and, in the long term, save you money.
Regularly-used chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually, but even rarely-used chimneys should be inspected and swept to ensure that they’re working properly and safely.
When you choose Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep for your chimney, you’re getting trained and certified technicians, a thorough and impeccably clean job, a state-of-the-art chimney inspection and documentation of the process, before and after.
To get a sense of the full chimney sweeping process, take a look at this informational video on chimney and fireplace sweeping from the Chimney Safety Institute of America:
Getting ready for your chimney sweeping appointment is simple:
- Avoid having a fire for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment
- Move furniture or any breakable items away from the area around your stove or fireplace — about six to eight feet
- And confine your pets in another room, away from the work area
Your chimney sweep should take about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the job, and you can expect your technician to:
- Inspect accessible portions of your chimney’s interior and exterior
- Inspect factory-built units for cracks
- Sweep your chimney with special brushes
- Check your chimney liner for cracks, gaps and missing joints
- Scrub your chimney’s smoke chamber, smoke shelf and damper with hand tools
- Sweep the firebox and clear any ash
- Remove and brush the grate
- Check for any fire safety hazards
When we sweep your chimney, we take great care to protect your home — we start laying out drop cloths as soon as we enter, and our footwear never touches your floors. Our industrial vacuums collect the dust, debris and creosote before it ever has a chance to get into your home, while our CSIA-trained technician sweeps and inspects the chimney flue.
We use the industry’s best tools to inspect and document your chimney — the ChimScan® camera system and the Wohler Vis2000-Pro — and you’ll see exactly what we see. We also test for excess levels of carbon monoxide at no additional cost.
Our commitment is to provide the most complete, professional and hassle-free experience for our customers.
Call us to learn more, or to schedule an appointment!
Don’t shrug off the importance of having your chimney inspected regularly; it’s one of the best ways to find and fix problems before they can lead to a catastrophe for you and your family. Let Billy Sweet Chimney Sweep take care of this crucial home maintenance task and chimney service.