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Chimney with smoke coming out of it. Chimney Cleaning by Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Why Chimney Cleaning and Inspection Is Important

Chimney cleaning is one way to avoid a build-up of creosote on the flue, which can lead to chimney and house fires. An annual inspection and cleaning by Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters professionals is a vital part of keeping this heating source healthy and safe to use.

What can I expect with chimney cleaning and inspection?

A thorough inspection will include looking into the chimney from the bottom and down from the roof level. Protective plastic drop cloths are put in place before the chimney cleaning work begins to protect your flooring. Most chimneys are entirely clean within an hour. An inspection will look at:

  • Chimney flue cleanliness, integrity, and blockages
  • Damper condition and position
  • Fire brick integrity
  • Brick and mortar integrity
  • Chimney cap integrity

Our Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters technician will recommend any necessary fixes at the time of inspection. Some types of repairs are required before the fireplace is safe to operate.

How often should a chimney be cleaned?

The thickness of creosote build-up will often determine the time to look into cleaning a chimney. Anytime it has reached 1/4-inch in thickness you should schedule a cleaning. All maintenance should be performed annually at the end of the usable season. The chemicals used mixed with creosote will cause fewer odor problems in the home.

How important is chimney flue cleaning and maintenance?

The flue of the chimney is what moves the needed draft of air to fuel the fire with fresh oxygen. It also acts as the exhaust of the system. Full integrity of the pipes is necessary for the safety of you and your family. Chimney flue cleaning will reveal any clogs or areas of pipe degradation. Have any needed repairs done at the time of, or shortly after, chimney flue cleaning.

Firebricks and Safety

Chimney cleaning and inspection will reveal the types of bricks used in the construction of your chimney and safety. Firebricks are more tolerant of higher temperatures and often used. Standard bricks tend to break and crack after extended use of a chimney. Your Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters technician will recommend any needed repairs and replacements for safety.

Contact our chimney experts today schedule an appointment for an inspection and cleaning. Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters serves all of the Portland OR, Vancouver WA, and surrounding areas.

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Chimney Cleaning in Portland OR and Vancouver WA areas

Serving clients in Portland OR and Vancouver WA communities:

Portland | Beaverton | Tigard | Lake Oswego | Tualatin | Oregon City | West Linn | Milwaukie | Clackamas | Gladstone | Happy Valley | Gresham | Troutdale

Vancouver | Battle Ground | Camas | Washougal | La Center | Ridgefield | Orchards | Brush Prairie | Woodland | Kalama