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FAQ

Why clean my chimney?

You should clean your chimney regularly to remove creosote from the lining of the flue. Creosote is a highly flammable residue that dbuilds up over time from combustion in your chimney. Chimneys should be cleaned when any noticeable creosote buildup occurs. The Chimney Safety Institute of America claims that as little as ¼” of buildup is enough to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Cleaning your chimney also reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Creosote is black or brown in appearance and it can be crusty and flaky, tar-like, drippy and sticky, or shiny and hardened. PREVENT FIRES: CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY REGULARLY! In 2007, there were 48,800 heating related home fires, resulting in 301 deaths, 1,383 injuries, and $606.5 million in property damage (NFPA).

Why Should I be concerned about maintaining/ repairing my chimney?

A Chimney or firebox left unrepaired can: • Release dangerous, toxic, and unhealthy gases into your home. • Allow flames and sparks to escape and come in contact with potentially combustible materials in your home. It is a real fire hazard. • Allow loose masonry materials to fall and potentially cause damage to your property or people. • The longer repairs are put off the worse damage will get, costs can increase dramatically if left unfixed. Call today and save money right away!

How often should a fireplace be cleaned?

Because of the various factors involved, there isn’t a general answer appropriate to most cases. Some locations, such as certain states have laws requiring yearly cleaning but, each wood burning unit is different. If you notice back-drafting or smoking or losing heat, you certainly check for creosote build-up immediately. Periodic checking is essential for safe efficient wood burning. A rule of thumb is… If its your main source of heat you need to have your fireplace or woodstove cleaned and inspected yearly !! How do I check for creosote build-up in my wood stove or fireplace? Carefully open the damper and, using a flashlight, look up the flue for signs of a build-up along the walls. Goggles are suggested for this. If the build-up is ¼” or more, a cleaning is needed. It only takes approx. a ¼” of buildup to be a fire hazard !