Many people love to start off a new year with resolutions to improve their lives, and one of these resolutions typically includes staying on top of home maintenance tasks. When you own a home, you must take care of every system in your house to keep things running smoothly. If your home has a fireplace, you should have its chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year. An annual chimney sweeping is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations because the risk of chimney fires is greatly reduced after a professional chimney cleaning. Ashbusters is here to help you start off 2016 with a swept chimney by offering chimney sweepings and inspections from our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. We would like to tell you more about what you can expect from a professional chimney cleaning from Ashbusters.
Sweeping chimneys is a dirty job, but you will not have to worry about any soot, dirt, or other debris from your chimney making a big mess in your house. Not only do we lay down drop cloths and tarps around the area that surrounds your fireplace, but we also use a high-powered dust collector during the sweeping process to keep your home clean.
Ashbusters will use special tools to remove all of the accumulated creosote from the inside of your chimney.
The main reason why professional chimney sweepings are recommended by the CSIA, NFPA, and other national fire safety groups has to do with creosote. Formed naturally during the combustion process of burning wood, creosote can be very dangerous as it is extremely flammable. The CSIA has named creosote as the number one cause of chimney fires. If the inner walls of your chimney are covered in creosote deposits, you are at a very high risk of experiencing a chimney fire. Once the internal temperature in your chimney reaches a high enough point, all of that creosote can easily ignite. This is why Ashbusters uses special tools including hand brushes, brushes on rods, and a vacuum with a triple layer HEPA filter when we sweep chimneys.
Ashbusters will inspect your chimney for flue blockages and other types of damage.
Once your chimney has been swept, our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will take a close look at the interior and the exterior of your chimney. We will be looking for any potential problems and any damage that may cause your fireplace to be unsafe to use. Once we have finished the inspection, you will receive a copy of the written chimney system evaluation.
Keep your resolution of being a responsible homeowner, and start off 2016 with a professional chimney sweeping. Contact us at Ashbusters today to schedule an appointment to have your chimney swept.