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If you have a chimney or chimney service related question, check below for an answer!

How often should my chimney be cleaned?

All chimneys should be evaluated yearly and cleaned as required. The evaluation is necessary to ensure that the chimney has adequate draft, is free of debris and cracks, and has no loose or missing mortar joints. Prefabricated chimneys are subjected to vibration from wind and the joints can become misaligned.

When is the best time of the year to have my chimney cleaned?

We clean chimneys all year long, but the best time is at the end of the heating season. You don’t have to wait weeks for an appointment, as in the fall, and if repairs are needed they can be completed in the spring and summer. Come that first chilly late summer or early fall evening you’re all set to start.

How do you clean chimneys?

A chimney flue is cleaned with special brushes that fit your chimney flue. We clean most chimneys from inside the house. This method allows for more control of the dust. The brushes are attached to flexible poles. We add pole after pole to push the brush up into the flue. We can only do this as fast as our special vacuum collects the debris. The walls of the fireplace are cleaned by hand using wire brushes.

Does the cleaning remove the black from the wall of the fireplace?

No. We can only clean off the soot on the surface of the brick. Each time you burn a fire this black changes according to how hot you burn your fire.

Does the cleaning cause a mess in my home?

No. By cleaning the chimney from inside your home we have control over the dust. All our equipment is laid out on clean drop cloths in front of your fireplace. The hose of our special vacuum collects the debris as we brush the chimney. We can only brush the chimney as fast as our vacuum collects the dust. The dirtier the chimney flue, the slower we brush.

What are you looking for when you do an evaluation?

We look for the type of chimney you have, the liner type, whether there even is a liner, the size of your chimney flues, the type fuel you burn, whether in fireplace, or stove, and central heating. We also check for code compliance as to construction, clearances to combustible materials, proper stove or insert installation, and proper furnace and/or water heater connections to the chimney flue. We also check to see if you have a chimney cap installed.

If we didn’t answer your question here, please feel free to give us a call at 973-450-1947 – we’ll be happy to help!


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