We perform Chimney Cleaning services throughout Central & Southern CA including towns like Fresno, Clovis CA, Merced CA, Kerman CA, Mendota CA, Dinuba CA, Lemoore CA, Concoran CA, Avenal CA, and more.
If you have the pleasure of a fireplace and chimney in your home, you also have a safety issue related to maintenance and upkeep. Whether your chimney is the venting system for a fireplace insert, wood-burning stove, or any other type of heating appliance, it needs to be cleaned regularly. A dirty chimney is hazardous. Every time you burn wood, more creosote deposits build up in your flue lining. Creosote is highly flammable, and it’s the primary reason hiring a trained and insured chimney sweep is important. There are other issues that can be a threat, as well, all of which our technicians have the skill to identify.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that chimneys be inspected and cleaned annually. Thousands of fires in the U.S. are caused by dirty and/or clogged chimneys every year. When a house burns, it is often because of a chimney fire caused by creosote. Chimney fires are extremely hot; and when they spread into combustible parts of the home, there is often barely enough time to react and get the household occupants to safety as the homes go up in flames.
During an annual cleaning and inspection, the operation of the chimney and fireplace is checked from top to bottom to ensure that the chimney can safely function the way it was designed to.
Besides creosote being removed from the chimney, other potential problems are also checked, such as the following:
- Chimneys can become blocked for various reasons, such as thick layering of creosote, animals building nests in the chimney, and debris such as leaves. Chimney blockage can affect the smoke chamber, firebox, damper, and flue liner. Obstructions prevent combustion materials from exiting through the chimney properly, and it is dangerous because it can cause deadly carbon monoxide fumes to enter the home instead of going up the chimney. Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because it can’t be detected by sight or smell. It’s extremely important to install carbon monoxide detectors in the home and change the batteries every six months; it could be a matter of life and death. Preventing blockage helps to prevent the hazard of these toxic fumes.
- The flue or chimney liner is an essential part of the safe operation of your fireplace. If the liner deteriorates and has even a small crack, it must be replaced. Without an intact liner, your home is vulnerable to catching fire and to the fumes and gases from the fireplace. Our skilled chimney sweeps have the experience and equipment to make a reliable assessment of the condition of your chimney liner.
- In a basic chimney cleaning and inspection, we look for signs of moisture damage. The chimney can leak for a variety of reasons; the sooner you catch such problems, the less money you’ll need to spend on repairs. The chimney cap and chimney crown are checked, to be sure they are functioning properly, which essentially means that they are protecting the chimney system from moisture.
There’s no need to be concerned about a mess in your home caused by chimney cleaning. Our technicians know how to get the job done with great care, and you can be confident that your home, rug, and furnishings will be just as clean when we leave as when we arrived.
Contact us today to schedule your annual chimney cleaning and ensure the safe operation of your fireplace or wood stove.