Did You Know?
A study in Sweden showed that the life expectancy of a chimney sweep worker is 11 or 12 years lower than that of the rest of the population.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have my chimney/fireplace cleaned/swept?
The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.
What happens if I don't have it cleaned/swept?
If you don't clean your chimney regularly, soot will accumulate around the flue, smoke chamber and firebox causing an inability to draw smoke upwards and eventually cause a chimney fire. The smoke will then be directed to your room leaving black soot on the walls, furniture, and carpeting.
Why does my Fireplace smell?
Fireplace smells come from creosote deposits in your chimney, a natural byproduct of burning wood and most likely a sign that your chimney needs some repairs. Chimney odors are usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high, on rainy days, and/or when the air conditioner is running, as air moves down through your chimney, it brings the inner chimney odor along with it, especially if water has been entering your chimney.
Why do I need to Reline my Fireplace?
Most likely you have masonry chimney with fire-clay terracotta flue liner. A chimney liner provides a safe outlet for the combustion gases that are produced as a result of the fire and efficiently exhausts these gases out of your home. These substances are highly flammable and difficult to clean and without a liner, you'll have the risk of carbon monoxide and other dangerous combustible chemicals running down your chimney into your living room or even your bedroom. Your chimney fire-clay flue liners can be damaged by undergoing age/wear/improper maintenance, any time a liner is neglected it can seriously deteriorate. Over time, the heat and moisture produced by a fire can wear on the liner, causing cracks or holes which will only grow and multiply if the liner remains neglected.
I have a Gas Fireplace, Do I still need to have it serviced?
The answer is yes! They should be cleaned annually, but the more you use it, the more it will need to be serviced. Same as Wood. ... Most homeowners think the fireplace and chimney doesn't need maintenance or cleaning just because it is gas burning. Per the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), gas fireplaces require an annual chimney sweep & inspection.
Why does my Gas Fireplace/Gas Logs soot's black?
There are many ways why it soot's black, most common issues is improperly positioned fire-logs or improper Airflow in which can cause excessive buildup of soot. ... Making sure your gas fireplace is cleaned and inspected can not only prevent soot, but prevent safety issues such as carbon monoxide poisoning, and combustion of soot which could cause a chimney fire.