In the 18th and 19th centuries, chimney sweeps were individuals who would climb up the shaft of a chimney and clean it as they went. Chimney sweeps would take on apprentices, typically young boys around the age of eight. Their roles were to climb the chimneys from top to bottom and remove ash and soot. By the turn of the 19th century, chimney sweeps became irrelevant as new technologies performed the job safely and more efficiently.
Now, the term chimney sweep refers to a chimney cleaning. Fresh Air Duct Cleaning offers clean, safe, and affordable chimney sweeping services. Our chimney sweeps know the current codes and procedures in the chimney industry. We also take into consideration your home and the mess we may potentially create. That is why we take great precautions to cover the area near the chimney and reduce our presence in your home.
The frequency of chimney cleaning is primarily based on how often you use it. Some residents can get away with using their chimney two or three times a year without a chimney sweep. However, we do recommend you speak to a professional about your chimney. Certain factors can affect the frequency of chimney cleanings.
For example, the type of wood you burn can affect the frequency of cleaning. As you burn wood, the oils don’t completely burn. As a result, they travel up through the smoke chamber and condense as it cools. The residue left behind is known as creosote. Creosote is highly flammable and becomes a serious concern when it builds up. You should avoid woods such as pine, fir, and cedar. Instead, burn hardwoods like oak, ash, and beech. CISA has a greater guide on how to select firewood for your chimney.
In general, with regular use of your chimney, you should have it cleaned yearly. Even if you don’t use your chimney, a yearly inspection is critical. Inspections determine if the chimney, flue, venting systems, and lining are up to code. Fresh Air Duct Cleaning can perform your chimney inspection alongside your chimney sweep.
Our Chimney Sweeping Process
Once we receive a free estimate for our chimney sweeping services, we can perform next day service. We also provide complimentary deodorizing to get rid of that fireplace odor. Our process helps us protect your chimney and the interior of your home.
We first place down tarps on the floor near the fireplace. This prevents ash, soot, and dirt from entering your carpet, upholstery, and other delicate surfaces. Our team starts the chimney cleaning from the bottom to the top. Using specialized technology for the job, we are able to remove creosote, soot, and ash that has accumulated. High velocity rotating brushes help us remove this material from the surface of the chimney.
We’ll be sure to perform a chimney flue cleaning and clean other parts such as the firebox, smoke chamber, damper, smoke shelf, and chimney crown. By cleaning each of these areas, we’ll increase the efficiency and safety of your chimney. During the chimney sweeping process, if we run into any cracks or damage in the chimney, we can perform the repairs too.
Contact Fresh Air Home Service today. You shouldn’t wait to clean your chimney—especially if you use your fireplace regularly. Have our team perform an annual inspection alongside your cleaning. That way, you can save time and money with a clean and safe chimney.
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Fresh Air Duct Cleaning is happy to offer a free quote for our services. Contact us today via phone or email to receive a free quote on air duct cleaning, chimney flue cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, or another service.