This time of year, you hear a lot about chimney sweeps. Homeowners have spent the fall and winter burning fires in their homes, and are now thinking about closing the fireplace out for the off-season. So, what’s the procedure? How do you clean a masonry chimney for the summer?
Let Anderson’s Help You
A chimney sweep is best done by a professional with training and experience. You can hire an amateur or the neighborhood handyman, but they may overlook stuff, underestimate damage, fail to examine all parts of the system, and potentially drive up costs for insurance. Your homeowner’s insurance company looks for the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) signature, and you should too. Only a chimney sweep certified by the CSIA would be able to give your entire system the necessary attention it needs to remain safe. Our techs are certified with the CSIA, and we offer CSIA inspections and expert chimney sweeps year-round.
What to Expect
Our technicians do the hard work so you don’t have to. We climb ladders when necessary; we handle glazed creosote and soot; we even complete the job wearing face masks. We will come into your home and section off the area in front of the fireplace so we can get the job done without bothering or damaging your house and preventing the dust from spreading.
Soot and Creosote Removal – We use specialized brushes to complete the job. It may be that we need a certain type of brush because of the type of flue liner, or even the type of buildup that is in the flue, but the process is the same. We clear the debris from the walls and it’s sucked into a high-powered vacuum monitor.
Glazed Creosote Removal – At Anderson’s, our technicians are fully trained in power cleaning to remove glazed creosote. For this job, our technician will use a drill that has a special bit with a few links attached. This system will get this hardened and flammable buildup out of your flue. If you leave it, it will stink throughout spring and summer, and will be a fire hazard in the fall and winter. Glazed creosote has been hardened by a process of heating and cooling, and is a concentrated chunk of tar. It has been known to ignite easily and/or completely obstruct a flue if left alone.
Schedule early. When you schedule your chimney sweep for the spring, you can rest assured that your chimney system is ready for the first fire when fall arrives. You can call now to schedule your fall sweep, and avoid the fall rush (the busy season between October and January). No matter when you schedule your sweep, it must be done before the first fire is burned this fall to ensure your safely and the safety of your home and family.
Call Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services now at 717-975-3526 and let us clean your masonry chimney.