When was the last time you scheduled chimney cleaning service? If you use a wood fireplace, wood stove, or if your central heating system is vented thru a chimney system and your last cleaning was more than a year ago, now is a good time to arrange to have your chimney professionally cleaned.
Why Annual Chimney Cleaning Is Important
Fire N’ Stone of Tilton, NH, cleans a lot of chimneys throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and we’ve seen the devastating effects a neglected chimney can have.
With every fire you burn, more and more creosote is deposited in your chimney flue. Professional chimney cleaning is the only way to remove this substance, which can be sticky, puffy or solid in form.
Why is this important? Because creosote from your wood burning appliance is highly flammable and is responsible for most chimney fires in the U.S. each year. Certified chimney sweep technicians have the tools and hands-on experience to safely remove creosote and keep your chimney safe and functioning at its best.
Oil and gas burning central heating systems are most times vented thru your chimney as well. These systems are important to keep us warm and safe in the winter months. When these appliances are vented thru the chimney they are highly corrosive to the chimney and must be swept and inspected yearly to prolong the life of your chimney as well as to ensure your safety by preventing carbon monoxide from coming into your home.
Another cleaning task is the removal of drafting obstructions. Debris from nearby trees as well as the nesting materials of birds, squirrels and other small animals can create obstructions that cause smoke to draft sluggishly. In order to help avoid chimney obstructions, consider installing a custom full-width chimney cap.
What about Chimney Cleaning Logs?
Chimney cleaning logs include a chemical that, when burned, will help to dislodge some creosote from the inside of your flue. While they can be a supplemental method of keeping your chimney clean, they are not considered to be sufficient by themselves.
In fact, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that cleaning logs “should not replace any service provided by a qualified professional, including annual inspections and cleaning.”
What about “Handymen”?
Never hire a “handyman”-type to clean your chimney. As well-intentioned as this person may be, he or she does not have the industry-grade tools and the rigorous training necessary to perform chimney cleaning safely and thoroughly.
Our chimney sweeps are certified through the CSIA, and Fire N’ Stone is a licensed and fully insured chimney company in business for more than 10 years. By hiring us, you’ll get the training, hands-on skill and deep knowledge of chimney safety and mechanics that will produce superior results.
Chimney Cleaning & Inspections
Many homeowners schedule chimney sweeping alongside their annual chimney inspections. Our inspectors will closely examine every visible area of your chimney structure and its components – and we can even use video imaging technology to see down into your flue.
Inspections often turn up early signs of damage or malfunction that can be fixed quickly before they progress into widespread and possibly dangerous problems.
And if issues are uncovered, your Fire N’ Stone chimney sweep has the tools, parts and ability to make all necessary repairs.
When it’s time for a thorough chimney cleaning, count on our experts to do it right the first time. We serve Holderness NH, Center Harbor NH, Moultonborough NH, Plymouth NH, Concord NH, and all other Lakes Region communities.
Reach a chimney professional today at (603) 293-4040.