Why Annual Chimney Sweeping is Necessary
The reason we recommend inspections every year is because every organization that deals in fire safety, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommends annual inspections of all chimneys, fireplaces and vent systems. And for good reason! Doing so can keep you enjoying your chimney system without worry!
Fireplaces and wood stoves are designed to contain wood-fuel fires, while providing heat for your home. The chimney’s job for these appliances is to contain the heat and expel the by-products of combustion – the substances produced when wood burns. These include:
- Water vapor
- Unburned wood particles
- Hydrocarbon volatile
- Tar fog
- Assorted minerals
What If You Have a Gas or an Oil Appliance?
If you have a gas heating appliance – whether it is a furnace, boiler, or even a hot water heater – it relies on a chimney for proper venting of the exhaust. Every day, acid produced by your gas appliance may be eating away at the inside of your chimney, without producing any visible or noticeable signs. If you have your system thoroughly swept and inspected on a regular basis, you’ll be kept abreast of any potential problems, before large expenses or hazards hit.
We are Equipped for the Job
Since Clean Sweep Of Anne Arundel County conducts Chimney Repair & Maintenance and offers comprehensive chimney and venting system services, you can trust our work! Our licensed and certified chimney sweeps are equipped to address all of your performance, maintenance and safety needs.
Chimney Sweeping Methods
We employ a variety of cleaning techniques to remove chimney deposits. The method chosen or recommended for your chimney will depend on the type of deposits and the type of chimney you have.
- Standard Sweeping: This is the standard or basic cleaning process and involves the use of brushes to remove deposits on the chimney flue liner. A powerful high-speed, HEPA-filtered vacuum is used to prevent soot and creosote from entering the home. This type of sweeping/cleaning is effective for soot and ordinary creosote deposits, but has little effect on heavy baked on glazed or tarry creosote deposits.
- Mechanical Cleaning/Rokleen: Mechanical cleaning involves the use of wire brushes, plastic cables, or special chains rotated at a high speed by an electric motor. Mechanical cleaning is often employed to remove hard creosote or glazed creosote deposits.
- Chemical Cleaning: Special chemicals may be used to loosen or dissolve heavy deposits of creosote and glaze. This can be used in conjunction with a mechanical cleaning.