Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

Whether you’re burning logs or firing up the gas fireplace, chimney maintenance should be a top priority every year. Unclean chimneys are a leading cause of structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends an annual chimney inspection. A 2016 report from the NFPA shows that home heating equipment accounted for 16 percent of home fires and 19 percent of home fire deaths from 2009 to 2013. Thirty percent of fires came from failure to clean the equipment, primarily chimneys.

Creosote removal

Excess creosote is a chimney fire waiting to happen. Creosote is highly flammable and increases in amount every time you burn wood in your fireplace. Most fire-safety agencies and chimney-safety organizations in the United States recommend annual chimney sweeping for chimneys that vent wood-burning appliances. The majority of chimney fires are started by creosote, so a yearly visit from a trained chimney sweep is the best way to prevent one of these destructive events. Obstruction removal: Debris such as falling leaves and twigs as well as the nests of small animals like squirrels and birds can cause drafting obstructions in chimneys. When airflow is restricted, smoke can back up into your home. Worse than smoke, however, is the carbon monoxide it contains. This gas is invisible and odorless, but it has been shown to be poisonous and potentially fatal to humans and animals. (Note that if your chimney has no chimney cap or flue cover, installing one of these devices will keep debris out of your chimney.)

The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys. Excerpt from National Fire Protection Association . Minimize the risk of fires started in your chimney, schedule your Chinmey Inspection & Cleaning early!
For over 25 years Sierra ProClean has provided the best Chimney Services with a team of certified professionals, at fair and competitive rates. From chimney sweeping, inspection, and repair. Our goal is to ensure your family’s safety and our comfort.


Buildup of Flammable Residue

Creosote is a highly-combustible deposit that can build up on the walls of your flue as you use your fireplace or stove. It takes on different looks – sometimes puffy, sometimes sticky — but always flammable, and always dangerous. When you use your fireplace, heated air travels up the flue, carrying gases and other byproducts with it. That air hits the chimney walls, which are comparatively cooler, and condensation occurs, leading to the formation of creosote. Although it’s virtually impossible to prevent creosote build-up entirely, Sierra ProClean chimney technicians can safely remove creosote, using the proper tools and methods so that your flue is once again clear and safe for use.

Level 1 Chimney Inspections with Every Chimney Sweeping

Another reason to have your chimney system professionally swept is that it serves as preventative maintenance. Chimney technicians can only truly assess the state of your chimney system when it’s clean, and soot and creosote aren’t masking small cracks or gaps. When a CSIA-certified Sierra ProClean Chimney Service technician sweeps your chimney, we’ll also perform a Level 1 visual inspection to make sure that hazards aren’t hiding in your chimney. This way, we know — and you know — that the chimney is safe for you and your family to use.

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