in Portland OR and Vancouver WA areas
Chimneys are exposed to smoke, fire, creosote, and soot every time you use your fireplace. When these compounds build-up on the inside walls of your chimney, they can pose fire hazards. While we don’t offer stand alone chimney cleanings, we do offer chimney cleanings when we are already on-site doing a chimney repair.
Even if you don’t use your chimney very often, birds and rodents could infest and nest in the flue, making it unsafe to use. This is why we at Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters proudly offer chimney cleaning with every chimney service we perform.
How Often Should I Have My Chimney Swept?
How often you should have your chimney swept will depend on how often you use your chimney. The Chimney Safety Institute of America says people should have their fireplaces cleaned when there is a ⅛” soot build-up. However, a good rule of thumb is to have your chimney serviced, cleaned, inspected, and repaired at least once a year. Below is a list of other factors to consider when determining if you need your chimney cleaned or serviced.
- Build-up of smoke
- Strong, unpleasant odors in your fireplace
- Poorly-burning fires
- Damaged damper
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What’s Included in a Chimney Inspection?
- 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 Important is Chimney Cleaning?
Having your chimney cleaned is very important if you want to eliminate fire hazards. Creosote, a carbonaceous, flammable chemical, builds-up on the interior of your chimney, including in your damper and flue. When a lot of creosote residue builds-up and is heated by flames, it will cause your masonry to weaken.
Quality Chimney Cleaning
Get your chimney ready for the colder seasons with Masonry Waterproofing, and Drainage Masters. We’ll inspect your chimney, identify any unsafe conditions, and repair them. During our comprehensive chimney services, we also perform chimney cleanings.
Contact our chimney experts today to schedule an appointment for an inspection and cleaning. We serve all of the Portland OR, Vancouver WA, metropolitan area.
Chimney Cleaning in Portland OR and Vancouver WA areas
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