What Is the Purpose of a Chimney Sweep?
Hiring a chimney sweep protects you from dangerous situations and saves you money.
It will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide and other dangerous by-products of burning fuel, such as gas and wood, are easily carried up and out of your home by a clean, properly working chimney. The method will fail if your chimney isn’t clean or adequately vented. The majority of carbon monoxide problems in chimneys are caused by poor exhausting, which may be avoided nearly totally with frequent examination and cleaning by a chimney sweep.
It will aid in the prevention of chimney fires. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) estimates that over 20,000 chimney fires occur in the United States each year. Creosote, a highly flammable by-product of burning fuels like unseasoned wood, is commonly found in a dirty chimney. This increases the chance of a fire, which can result in harm or even death.
It has the potential to save you money. Soot as little as 1/10-inch can limit heat transmission efficiency by up to 50%. Furthermore, finding and correcting air leaks might help you save money on your energy bill.
When Should You Hire a Chimney Sweep?
Chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning equipment (think pellet or wood stoves) should all be evaluated at least once a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This is most likely the case if you only use your fireplace on the coldest winter nights. If you use it many times a week, you should have it inspected and cleaned more frequently.
Make an appointment with Classic Masonry as soon as you notice creosote glaze — a thick, inky, almost cake icing-like substance that collects in your chimney and drips down into your fireplace.
Why Should You Hire a Chimney Sweep Service?
Cleaning a chimney is a difficult and nasty task that many homeowners delegate to professionals. The following are some of the advantages of outsourcing this task: Quick and easy.
In-depth examination and identification of potential weak places in the chimney liner (if applicable) or the chimney itself; removing obstructions and debris
If necessary, we can repair or replace the chimney cover or liner. If necessary, we can perform masonry repairs.
If you decide to clean your chimney yourself, be sure you have the proper equipment. These brushes and drop cloths can help make the job go more smoothly and cleanly.
What Is the Role of the Chimney Sweep?
A chimney sweep will inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney at the very least. Depending on where you reside, the state of your chimney, and the pace of the sweep you hired, this could take an hour or two.
The inspection and cleaning process could begin on the interior, on the roof, or both, and a camera may or may not be used. The sweep will clear any buildup on the chimney walls as well as any obstructions within the chimney. Expect them to take proactive steps to reduce mess, both inside and out, and to clean up any debris before they leave.
The visit could last a few hours if your chimney requires a more thorough cleaning, such as a chemical treatment to remove late-stage creosote glazing. Minor repairs, such as repairing a missing chimney cap or a damaged chimney liner, may be completed the same day, depending on the sweep’s policies and tools.
If they recommend masonry or other extensive repairs, talk about how to proceed. It’s a good idea to ask for a list of any suggested repairs, as well as an explanation of why they’re needed and recommendations for professionals to handle any work that’s beyond the chimney sweep’s skills.
What Does It Cost to Have a Chimney Sweep?
Depending on where you reside, standard chimney sweep services, which include a general inspection and cleaning, can cost anywhere from $75 to $250. If your chimney hasn’t been swept in a while, or if the sweep detects repairs, structural issues, or pest infestations that need to be treated, that number will escalate.
You could end up paying upwards of $1,000 for a chimney that is in bad shape or requires a lot of work to bring up to code.
Where Do I Look for a Chimney Sweep?
Professional chimney sweeps are certified by the National Fireplace Institute and the Chimney Safety Institute of America, which both have searchable databases. Personal recommendations and paywalled websites like Angie’s List can also be valuable resources.
Pose questions like:
- Are they licensed? If so, who is it?
- Is it true that they provide free estimates? If not, what are their fees? If you use their service, will this cost be deducted from your final bill?
- What exactly will a visit entail?
- How do they keep debris from getting inside your house?
- When the job is finished, how do they clean up?
- What more services, if any, do they provide?
- To locate the best match for you and your property, interview a few potential chimney sweeps.