Each year there are over 21,200 related chimney fires causing loss to life and property. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that all chimneys be cleaned or inspected annually for safety. During a cleaning our sweeps perform a level I inspection for any cracks or defects and provide you with a written evaluation report of your chimney.
CREOSOTE is the by-product of incomplete combustion of any fossil fuel such as wood, oil, or coal. When it builds up between 1/8 to ¼ inch it can ignite and cause a fire within the chimney. When this happens it can cause severe damage to the chimney and the surrounding structure. Some chimney fires create such an updraft that it has been described as a jet airplane or a train going through your living room. If the creosote catches fire on only one side of the flue, it may sound like the howling wind outside, but can still cause severe chimney damage. The purpose of the chimney is to exhaust smoke and by-products of combustion out of the house as well as provide a draft for the fireplace or appliance, not to contain chimney fires and their extreme temperatures.
SWEEPING includes the sweeping of the cap, flue, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, damper, and firebox area. The cleaning is all done with brushes on fiberglass poles. A runner is laid down up to the fireplace as well as drop cloths so nothing is tracked on any carpeting at all. The heart of the sweeping system is a SootSweeper chimney vacuum running during the sweeping for proper dust control. While it is being swept the chimney is inspected for any cracks or defects and you are given a written evaluation report listing any areas of concern.
OUR SWEEPS The most important credential to look for is to make sure the sweep coming out to your home is Certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Certified Chimney Sweeps have passed a rigorous test that examines their knowledge of codes, practices, and standards of the trade. All of our sweeps are Certified with CSIA and take pride in the satisfaction of helping to keep homes safer and more enjoyable. We have serviced over 47,000 chimneys from a prominent house in Washington DC to homes like yours. We treat every home as a “castle” because it’s the home of the most important persons in the world, our customers. Visit our scheduling page and help us to keep “Your Castle Safe.” By using our web site scheduler your appointment requests take priority with our booking schedules.
*Statistics are excerpted from the 2010-2012 Residential Fire Loss Estimates released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC). These are the latest statistics as of April 22, 2016.