Chimney Cleaning, Inspection & Repair For Northeast CA.
Regular cleaning and inspection of your wood burning or solid fuel appliance is the surest way to protect your home and family from a potentially fatal catastrophe or irreprebable property damage.
3 Reasons You Should Get Your Chimney Cleaned and Inspected
There are three main reasons to regularly clean and inspect your wood burning stove or fireplace.
- Regular cleaning and inspection helps to ensure proper operation. Improper operation occurs after creosote and ash block your chimney and secondary combustion device (catalytic converter or burn tubes) which symptoms appear as hard to start fires, weak flame, and smokey operation. This problem can occur for many reasons but is usually the result of wet fuel and low firebox temperatures that do not adequately burn all exhaust gases. The first problem leads to the second.
- Avoid flue fires: Highly flammable creosote that can build up in the flue piping from poor burning practices cause around 25,000 residential fires annually. Don’t be a statistic, schedule a regular cleaning today.
- Carbon monoxide gases that are a byproduct of combustion can escape from cracked and leaking chimneys and send poisonous, lethal gases into your home. An annual chimney inspection can prevent this from occurring by allowing the potential to be addressed before it becomes a problem.
How Often Should I get My Chimney Cleaned?
The best time to clean your chimney and fireplace is in the summertime before the start of the burning season or early fall. We have regular seasonal discounts for customers that schedule their cleaning appointment before the big rush once the temperatures drop.
If you can’t remember the last time you had your system maintained, schedule your appointment as soon as possible. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you have your chimney cleaned and professionally inspected at least once a year. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Factory-built fireplaces should be swept when any appreciable buildup occurs. The logic is that the deposit is quite acidic and can shorten the life of the fireplace and flue.
Chimney Sweeping and Chimney Safety Inspection Process
Every chimney cleaning and inspection includes a thorough cleaning and expert evaluation of your flue, firebox, secondary combustion device, and damper. Any soot, creosote and any potential animal related debris will be completely removed. If any hazards are identified, we can evaluate and make recommendation for repair when feasible. For a small additional expense, we can install a code approved carbon monoxide detector in your home to sense any dangerous gases.
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