Chimney cleaning should be an important element in your routine home maintenance program.
A clean chimney is one way to help ensure safety while burning your fireplace, wood stove, or gas logs. In some regions of the country the chimney also vents oil and gas fired furnaces and boilers.
The flue of the chimney is the passageway in the chimney. Many people confuse the term “flue” with the damper. The damper is the lever operated metal mechanism in the upper portion of the fireplace which regulates the amount of smoke and heat that is allowed to pass up into the flue of the chimney.
The flue is responsible for safely conveying emissions (smoke, heat, carbon monoxide and other gases) from the wood or gas burning appliance to the atmosphere.
A dirty flue can impede the venting capabilities and/or serve as a fuel source for a chimney fire. When the flue is not properly venting, there is an increased chance of smoke, heat, and dangerous flue gases backing up into the home’s living space. When a chimney catches fire due to a creosote buildup (a flammable byproduct of wood burning), damage to the chimney, house, or surrounding structures can occur. Inhabitants of the home are also in danger under these circumstances.
Chimneys are many different shapes, sizes, and designs, thus requiring different brushes, tools and methods to do the job properly. Some cleanings are performed from the top, some from the bottom, and some from both. Brushes vary from very light for dusty flue cleaning to more aggressive and stiff for those flues with a more baked on, harder to remove buildup. Sometimes mechanical rotary tools are required to take care of the most difficult situations.
While cleaning the chimney drop cloths should be spread in front of and around the fireplace to protect flooring and carpet in the work area. A dust collecting vacuum is also utilized to contain soot and particles during the cleaning process. All precautions are taken to ensure the cleanliness of the home while servicing the chimney.
The cleaning fee typically ranges from $125 (open fireplaces) to $225 (woodstoves which have to be moved for cleaning). Additional costs could be applied in abnormal situations but will be explained before the work is performed.
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