Do you get smoke in your house when you light a fire in your fireplace? Do you have uninvited guests living in your chimney? Is your chimney in desperate need of a face lift? Does your roof leak around your chimney? Do you desire a more efficient system?
Chimney Cleaning is one of the basic and most important services that need to be done to a home annually. Most people wonder how often a chimney should be cleaned, and that answer is simple, once a year.
According to The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 it states that “Chimneys, Fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This holds true even if your fireplace is not used often or even at all. Chimney sweeps help to improve the quality of air that flows into your home and could help to improve the health of your family members. By properly maintaining and cleaning a chimney it will last longer and function properly longer. A 10 point chimney inspection should be done annually and will give you peace of mind for the safety of your family and your home.
Thunderbolt uses the most up-to-date equipment that allows the Chimney Sweep to remove hazardous quantities of creosote from fireplace flues. Our diagnostic camera fits inside masonry flues to find potential hazards the naked eye can't detect. Maintaining the flue system each year will reduce the possibility of flue fires and deterioration.
Chimneys are a prime location for all kinds of animals, such as: squirrels, raccoons, and birds. The mess that these critters leave behind can cause a lot of unnecessary problems for your family. Thunderbolt will remove any animals in a humane manner while cleaning the chimney of any harmful debris.
As fire burns in your fireplace, moisture in the wood is released into the chimney and forms a creosote (particles of unburned wood and other chemicals) on the walls of your chimney. The more your chimney is used, the heavier the build up of creosote will be. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that chimneys should be cleaned and inspected yearly while in use.
Fire in the flue of the chimney is caused by the creosote holding the heat. Often times, people have fires in their fireplace without knowing it, only to be told that there is smoke rising from their house. To put out the fire, the Fire Department will tear apart the chimney to make sure everything is safe. The heat from the fire will cause the chimney to fall apart due to damage to the brick and mortar, which will release toxic gasses into the home. This can be very expensive to repair because the chimney will need to be rebuilt entirely.
Build up in a chimney will create heat beyond the standards of the chimney flue. Cleaning the chimney with a hard brush will remove the build up of debris and keep your chimney safe and healthy.
Different types of wood can rapidly cause the buildup of creosote in the flue. Burning a low quality type of wood such as cottonwood creates a lot of creosote buildup in the chimney. When creosote builds up it will hold the heat on the surface of the chimney, which can lead to flash fires within the flue. Heat can cause serious problems within the chimney such as the breakdown of the mortar in the joints.
Chimney sweeping by Thunderbolt Duluth. All properties containing a fireplace/chimney require regular maintenance. Creosote and soot, a byproduct of fire will harden and create a build up that emits a stale odor and in time could become a potential fire hazard.
Thunderbolt cleaning recommends a sweeping a minimum of twice a year.
We have a unique chimney sweeping process that ensures a clean and properly functioning fireplace to last throughout the entire winter. We use drop clothes to protect your floors from soot and ashes, and industrial strength vacuums to remove all the ash and debris. Call us today for more info.
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