What Is Involved in a Chimney Sweep?
We sometimes get questions about why it is important to get your chimney swept. Regular chimney sweeps offer many benefits, including preventing a chimney fire, protecting your health and avoiding smoke damage. Chimney sweeps will clean your chimney, pipes, fireplaces and ducts to ensure that your chimney is clear of debris or other obstructions that could catch fire or prevent the smoke and other gases from venting properly.
The Importance of Cleaning your Chimney
Everyone enjoys a cozy evening in front of the fireplace. But before you throw a log on, make sure your fireplace is safe for you and your family. Cleaning the chimney helps to prevent soot fires.
If your fireplace has an excessive amount of soot, you are at risk of exposure to poisonous gases that are bad for you and the environment. Carbon monoxide, a gas produced anytime fuel is burned, can cause harm even at low levels. If this gas is allowed to buildup in your fireplace, the consequences could be deadly. Having your chimney examined and swept helps keep your flue clear and functioning properly.
How Often Should you get the Chimney Swept?
How often you should clean your chimney depends on how often you use your fireplace. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys, fireplaces and vents are inspected annually to identify signs of deterioration and other potentially dangerous conditions.
What to Expect
On average, a thorough cleaning should take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. However, every flue is different and may vary depending on the condition of your fireplace and chimney. Prepare for your appointment by ensuring that the technician has easy access to the area. This means removing any décor or clutter that may be in the way.
Upon arrival, your technician will assess the condition of your chimney. After surveying the job, he or she will secure the work area and lay down a drop cloth to protect your home from ash, soot, and dust. Your sweep will then perform a routine cleaning, using a brush to clean the interior of your flue. The cleaning may be done from below or from your roof.
When the technician is finished, all of the soot will be removed from your system using a vacuum or shovel. Your sweep will then report on the condition of your fireplace and chimney and inform you if there are any additional potential hazards that were found.
What Services does Chimney & Masonry Outfitters Offer?
In addition to providing chimney sweep, chimney relining, and restoration services, Chimney & Masonry Outfitters performs masonry repair; fireplace maintenance and replacement; design services and more! You can view our full list of services HERE.
Ready to Make your Appointment?
Chimney & Masonry Outfitters services the greater Indianapolis area, now including Carmel and Fishers. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. If you would like to request an appointment, please call us at 317-500-1250 and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.