Also known as chimney cleanings, chimney sweeps, fireplace sweeps, or fireplace cleanings. Fireplace chimney sweeps are primarily for integrity purposes, cleaning, and obstruction free assurance. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Annual inspection with a fireplace chimney sweep as required. This is the National safety standard!
Integrity purposes – A Chimney Sweep can visually look up the chimney & down the chimney, but cannot climb inside to test the integrity of your fireplace chimney firewalls within. If when pushing the chimney rods and brushes through your fireplace chimney system (chimney cleaning), pieces of shaling fire clay tile, fire clay tile joints, or brick come down, then you know there is an integrity & worthiness issue at the point in which debris begins to fall. This is something that a home owner must know for continuous safe fireplace chimney use!
Cleaning – Creosote, also known as soot, is a natural byproduct of burning wood. As the smoke goes up your fireplace chimney, creosote clings to the inner walls of your chimney. Creosote is highly flammable and causes chimney fires. Removal of creosote (a fireplace chimney sweep) is imperative for continuous safe use. Standard and mechanical fireplace chimney sweeps address your flue liner, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, damper, and firebox. American Chimney Services provides no mess fireplace chimney sweeps!
Obstruction free assurance – Some of the many causes of a fireplace chimney blockage include bird, squirrel, and raccoon’s nesting debris – excessive creosote accumulation – a collapsed chimney liner – creosote bridging. Fireplace chimney sweeps alone will not remove most blockages.
According to the CSIA, your fireplace chimney system should be inspected annually, cleaned, and repaired whenever needed by a Chimney Sweep. Regular fireplace chimney sweeps save lives! Clean fireplace chimneys don’t catch fire. Your Chimney Sweep may have other maintenance recommendations beyond a fireplace chimney sweep depending on how your fireplace or chimney is used.