It is estimated that 25000 fires in residential properties across the US start in chimneys, so understand that if your chimney is in use, you must employ chimney sweeping and inspections regularly. Work with an expert team like Sterling Heights Air Duct Cleaners to ensure absolute safety in your home.
Why does my chimney need sweeping?
When you burn a fire in your fireplace two things then happen. Chimney soot will build up which is pretty easily removable. The other build-up is of a material know as creosote which is a tar-like substance that sticks to the inside of your chimney. Creosote is extremely flammable so leaving it there to build up essentially puts your property at great risk of fire.
There are 5 stages in every job that we do, each of which are performed thoroughly and with great attention to detail. First off, we prepare your chimney. This involves ensuring that the opening is clear and disconnecting any gas nearby. Next, we perform a full inspection, looking for evidence of any damage or fault. Soot and dust prevention methods are put in place before the thorough sweep takes place. Finally, a sweep certificate is provided that specifies the condition of the whole area. This will be useful in your insurance policies and for the next sweep undertaken.
How often should I have my chimney swept?
This is not a straightforward question to answer. Many factors come into play which means a sweeping service is required more or less regularly. Things like how often the chimney is used, if you have had any animals building nests in the flue, or any signs of deterioration will all play a part in the regularity of cleaning. The National Fire Protections Association Standard 211 recommends that an inspection takes place at least once a year. This will ensure that we know how sound the structure is, and if there are any obstructions. Our inspection service will then provide a recommendation for the next required steps. This may be a repair or simply a clean. No matter how recent your last chimney sweep was if your fireplace has become overly sooty get in touch and we will be there to prevent any further damage or risk!
What is the cost?
We have built our company on the ethos that our high-quality work should be available to everyone. All forms of air duct cleaning, from chimneys to household dryers, prevent your property from being at risk of fire. So our services are essential in the maintenance of your home. We keep our prices low to ensure that all our local homeowners can work with us. Chimney sweeping has a variability across the service as the amount of work will change depending on the condition. For chimneys with heavy creosote presence, the cost will be higher, although we remain affordable. To keep costs lower, have this service performed annually, reducing the amount of creosote to be removed.