Like millions of other Minnesotans, you probably rely on a wood-burning fireplace to keep your home warm during those frigid winter months. While it provides reliable and affordable warmth – and creates welcoming ambiance (there’s really nothing more inviting than a roaring fire), are you sure it’s safe to use?
Each year, tens of thousands of American homes go up in flames, and dirty chimneys are a leading cause of 1 in 3 household fires. Each time you use your fireplace, smoke, soot, ash, and creosote accumulate on the interior of your chimney. These materials are super-flammable, so the thicker the buildup, the greater the risk that a fire could break out. With just a single ember, your entire chimney – and your house – could be engulfed in flames.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to reduce the risk of fire and ensure your peace of mind when you curl up in front of your fireplace. How? By investing in professional chimney sweeping services from Suburban Chimney Solutions, a leading Twin Cities full-service chimney repair and maintenance company. To ensure the structure is safe, sound, and fit for use, the NFPA recommends annual chimney cleanings and inspections.
Here at Suburban Chimney Solutions, our skilled technicians offer the most thorough chimney sweep and inspection services, but if you’ve never had your chimney swept or inspected before, you might have a few questions. Below, you’ll find an overview of our clean sweep chimney service, including what’s involved, as well as things that you can do to prepare.
What does a chimney sweep and inspection service include?
Our technicians will thoroughly clean your entire chimney, from top to bottom, and will perform a detailed inspection. We’ll use the most advanced equipment and state-of-the-art technologies to remove all soot, ash, creosote, and any other debris, including blockages. Once the structure has been cleaned, our chimney sweeps will do an in-depth inspection of the structure, from the firebox to the crown, to make sure that it’s safe to use.
To summarize, chimney sweeping services from Suburban Chimney Solutions include the following:
· Specialized equipment will be used to sweep the interior of the structure
· All interior components, including the smoke chamber, grate, firebox brick, and damper will be cleaned
· Powerful vacuums will be used to remove even the finest particles of creosote and ash
· An detailed check of the structural integrity of your chimney
· Cutting-edge video equipment will be used to scan and check the chimney liner for potential hazards
How long will a chimney sweep and inspection take?
From start to finish, your entire chimney sweep service should be completed within 45 minutes to an hour and a half. How long it will take depends on several factors, such as the size and condition of your chimney. If your chimney is well-maintained, our technicians will probably be done sooner, but if a lot of creosote, soot, ash, and debris has to be removed and any issues are detected, such as blockages or missing mortar joints, it may take longer.
How do you prepare for a chimney sweep and inspection?
If you’ve never had a chimney sweep and inspection before or if it’s been a while since your last service, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to prepare. While our professional technicians will take all of the necessary precautions to protect your home, such as laying tarps over the floor and furniture, and using powerful vacuums to trap the debris, there are a few things that you can do before we arrive to help facilitate a successful service.
We recommend removing any items that are within close proximity to the fireplace, such as the mantel and hearth. We also suggest cleaning out any ashes. Additionally, you should avoid using your fireplace for at least 48 hours before your appointment. If you have small children or pets, make arrangements to keep them away from the area will to ensure their safety and ours.
Ready to Schedule a Chimney Sweeping Service?
If you have any additional questions or if you’re ready to book an appointment to have your chimney swept and inspected, contact us today! The Suburban Chimney Solutions family is looking forward to assisting you with all of your needs.