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!
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!
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.