Your chimney is an integral part of your home heating system. It requires regular inspections and maintenance just like any other part of your home
Creosote build up is one of the main causes of chimney fires. Nothing can guarantee safety but an annual inspection and chimney sweep will help protect your home and cut back drastically on any risks associated with creosote.
Its no secret what being a chimney sweep is a pretty dirty job but we strive to leave your home exactly the way we found it. Inside your home, we use protective sheeting around the work area.
A chimney sweep is done by first sealing off your chimney so that no dust or debris enters your home. We then manually remove any brushable creosote, soot, ash and debris using specialty brushes attached to long fiberglass rods. Depending on the type of flue you have will determine the type of brush we use. After sweeping your chimney we then use a special 3-filter vacuum system designed specifically for chimney sweep professionals. This is to remove any dust or soot partials left in your fireplace.
Cleaning your chimney removes dangerous creosote, improves draft and eliminates odors. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys, fireplaces and vents be inspected at least once a year and cleaned as necessary.
Glazed creosote (technically knows as 3rd degree creosote or 3rd degree glazing) can be difficult to remove. Power cleaning (chain cleanings) are sometimes required when a large amount of glaze is accumulated in the flue. A power cleaning is done by using a drill specially equipped with a bit on the end that has a few links of chain attached. All of our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are fully trained in this technique. If it is determined that a power cleaning is needed, we will discuss the process before proceeding.
PCR (Poultice Creosote Remover) is a newer product designed to remove glazed creosote. Using PCR is a two visit process. For the initial visit, a winch is used to pull a special brush through the flue coating it with PCR. When PCR is applied , it dissolves the creosote and absorbs it. As it absorbs the creosote and dries, it loses its adhesive properties and flakes off. During the 2nd appointment we do a sweep to remove any left over PCR. To remove glazing in your smoke chamber, PCR is applied with a sprayer. PCR is a fantastic product to use when glazed creosote is present in order to eliminate the dangers of chimney fires.
Furnace Flue Sweeping
We not only sweep your fireplace chimney but we also sweep furnace flues. When your furnace technician removes the pipe that leads to the chimney, all that he is cleaning is the connector pipes. You still need a CSIA Certified Sweep to sweep your furnace flue. A blockage in your furnace flue can easily cause carbon monoxide gasses to enter your home. Many times a furnace company will come out to service your furnace and realize there is a blockage and you can be ‘red tagged’. This is what happens when they turn off your appliance for safety reasons. We are always available for emergency service if this happens to you. Just give us a call at 717-975-3526.
Anderson’s Chimney Sweep – Your chimney sweep in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Hanover, York and surrounding areas.