Chimneys are in a constant state of deterioration. Chimneys that are kept clean and maintained last longer and operate better than chimneys that are neglected. Fire N’ Stone of Tilton, NH, provides chimney sweep services year-round to help our customers maintain their chimneys and fireplaces.
The primary job of a chimney sweep is to remove flammable creosote and soot from wood burning chimney flues and acidic exhaust deposits from oil and gas burning chimneys. Our CSIA-certified technicians use both hand and power tools such as brushes and rotating rods to dramatically reduce creosote buildup in chimneys.
The “Certified Chimney Sweep” designation through the Chimney Safety Institute of America lets you know that the person cleaning your chimney is more than “a guy with a brush.”
Our technicians are certified professionals who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of chimney safety, fire safety as well as venting systems both academically and hands-on. Fire N’ Stone is licensed and fully insured for any chimney cleaning or repair project.
Along with addressing creosote issues, our technicians remove dangerous drafting obstructions such as leaves, twigs, the nests of small animals and the animals themselves when they die in the flue, which they sometimes do.
All this debris can cause smoke to draft sluggishly and back up into your home. The biggest problem is the carbon monoxide that is present within smoke – it’s an invisible, odorless gas that’s known to be potentially fatal to people and pets.
Excess creosote and outside obstructions also will keep your fires from starting easily and burning thoroughly due to lack of oxygen (air) inside the firebox. We solve drafting problems.
If there are no known problems with your chimney and fireplace, it’s recommended that you still have your chimney professionally cleaned once a year. In between visits, you also should contact us if you notice the following:
- Smoke from the fireplace moving into your room
- Water in the firebox
- Crumbling bricks and mortar on the exterior chimney
- Damp patches on walls or the ceiling
- Strong odors or noises coming from your chimney
The chimney sweeps at Fire N’ Stone perform all types of chimney repairs to ensure that your chimney/fireplace system works efficiently and safely. Our areas of expertise include:
- Chimney liners
- Chimney caps & crowns
- Interior & exterior masonry
- Chimney leak detection & repair
- Drafting/venting issues
- Chimney flashing
- Fireplace dampers
- Smoke chambers & smoke shelves
- Complete & partial chimney rebuilding
Many homeowners schedule chimney inspections at the same time as their annual chimney sweeping. We perform all levels and types of inspection based on CSIA guidelines:
- Basic visual chimney inspections
- Video inspections to examine the flue
- Real estate inspections
- Inspections when changing your heating appliance or the fuel type connected to the chimney
- Inspections following major damage
If it’s been more than a year, we recommend a basic inspection along with video imaging of the inside of the flue.
Schedule a Chimney Sweep Appointment
Wherever you live in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region including Alton NH, Wolfeboro NH, Gilford NH, Laconia NH, or any other community, Fire N’ Stone is ready to keep your chimney clean and safe.
Call (603) 293-4040 to schedule an appointment or have your questions answered by a certified, professional chimney sweep.