It’s true that your chimney should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year to be sure that there are no issues and that it is in good working order. In order to have a positive outcome, a certified and experienced chimney sweep is required. You may be asking- what does a professional chimney cleaner do? That is a wise question. By knowing what a professional chimney sweep does, you will know if you have the right company for the job. Cleaning and inspecting a chimney are the main functions of a chimney sweep. Here’s a run down of what you can expect a professional chimney cleaner to do when examining and cleaning your chimney.
Any qualified chimney professional will start with a chimney inspection. We will examine things like your damper, flue, and firebox to ascertain the condition of your fireplace and chimney. A chimney inspection will allow us to determine what, if anything, is wrong with your chimney and what type of tools will be required to clean it.
Can’t you just clean the chimney yourself? This is a logical question but many homeowners end up cleaning the firebox while leaving the flue untouched. This causes the flue itself to continue to produce creosote. A professional chimney sweep has the knowledge and tools to do the job right. Along with an inspection, a professional cleaning by a chimney sweep will detail exactly what your chimney needs and help identify possible trouble spots. Here are some of the duties your sweep will perform.
Creosote is caused by a mixture of gases, soot, and moisture, which collects in your chimney flue every time you burn logs in your fireplace. A chimney sweep will use a variety of tools to remove all the creosote from your flue so that it has good ventilation. This process also helps to eliminate the bad odors that accompanies creosote build-up.
Creosote and soot can collect on various components in your damper. A dirty damper may not seem like the most significant problem; it can quickly become an issue if it doesn’t open or close. Our chimney sweeps know how to tackle any issues with your flue so it won’t cause problems in the future.
Birds and animals are attracted to your chimney’s warmth in the winter and shelter from the rain in summer. They can find their way into your chimney and leave behind debris such as droppings, litter, and sometimes nests. We know how to remove wildlife from your chimney quickly and safely.
Don’t use a company with no credentials and no reviews on sites such as Google or Yelp. A professional chimney cleaner should start with a thorough inspection of your chimney in order to find any hidden problems inside your chimney. Once your chimney has been inspected, a qualified chimney sweep will have specific tools for specific types of cleanings, such as removing creosote.
Our certified and experienced chimney technicians can inspect your chimney for any issues and give it a top-to-bottom cleaning. Call us today at 770-574-6523 to speak with a staff member and set an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Don’t wait until a minor problem turns into a major one; get in touch today!