The job of a chimney sweep involves some labour intensive work – depending on the state of your chimney, it can be a very messy job. Professionals who do this service will help clean your chimney on the ground where your fireplace is, and will also climb up to access your chimney flue from the top. You want a thorough job done if you’re doing this once a year – again creosote buildup can be very dangerous.
Every chimney sweep service starts with an inspection – our expert chimney sweeps will inspect your fireplace, the size of the fireplace and the size of the flue. We will also assess the situation to see the quality of the soot buildup in your fireplace. From there, depending on how the soot is – whether it is matte black and dry all the way up to having a sticky tar like appearance – it will dictate what steps to take in order to proceed.
Attention and care to your home is always a priority of ours. You can expect to have the area around your fireplace sealed off with drop mats around the ground to protect your flooring and area faround the firebox from falling soot and creosote during the cleaning process.
We may utilize equipment such as chimney vacuums, chimney cleaning brushes, creosote and other obstruction removing equipment, chimney rod and flue sweeps, smoke chamber brush, power sweeping systems, flexible cleaning rods, and any other equipment we have in our arsenal that will guarantee the best results for the job.
There is no one size fits all type of equipment for your chimney. Chimney flues can vary in diameter, and that will dictate what types of brushes we can use. It’s also best to leave the vacuum outside of your home when vacuuming up any soot and debris that has built up in your chimney and fireplace. This is good practice as not everything will get suctioned up – it may be the case that soot and creosote may get blown around.
As you can see, chimney cleaning can be very labour intensive. For your own safety, consider hiring a professional when it comes to chimney sweep and fireplace cleaning.