The purpose of chimney cleaning is to remove flammable deposits such as soot and creosote from the interior walls of the chimney. If these deposits are allowed to build up, they will eventually ignite and cause a chimney fire. During the winter months, in many areas, chimney fires are the #1 cause of house fires. Chimney fires damage chimneys, cause fires within other areas of the home and cause millions of dollars in property damage annually. In the United States well over 50,000 homes catch fire every year due to the misuse of solid fuel burning appliances.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that your chimney be inspected annually, more often if you use it heavily. This applies to both wood-burning and gas fireplaces!! You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide which can make it even more dangerous than smoke!! They also recommend every home have, not only a smoke detector, but a carbon monoxide detector as well. Certain factors such as frequency of use, duration of use, moisture content of the wood, type of wood, the individual characteristics of your appliance and how you have it adjusted can greatly affect the soot build up within your chimney. Adjustments include damper setting, outside air vents, interior air intake setting, and the use or positioning of glass doors. Strange as it may sound, but, in many cases greater buildup of soot occurs during periods of infrequent use and shorter burn times such as fall and spring. This is because chimney walls stay cool during short time frames and condensation occurs much more rapidly on cool surfaces.
Better to be safe than sorry!! Especially when it is your home and family at risk!
Keep it SAFE. Keep it CLEAN.
Even though Chimney Sweeping is listed at the top of the CPSC Fire Safety Check List, most people have no idea what the chimney sweep is really doing. We have provided a brief description as well as a video (below) from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) about how Batts' Services will sweep and inspect your fireplace. We believe you should be an educated consumer when it comes to the care and maintenance of your fireplace.
Our Mess-Free Procedure
You can rest assured that we will treat your home with the same consideration we would treat our own. We take precautions to make the entire chimney cleaning process dirt and dust free. We lay down drop clothes in front of the fireplace where we will be working. We also use a large industrial vacuum with HEPA filters during the cleaning process. It prevents any dust or debris from entering the living area. We do our best to make the experience completely painless for you!
This is a process of using proper techniques, proper HEPA filtered vacuum, and brushes designed for the unique style and type of the heating system (masonry fireplace, pre-fabricated fireplace, woodstove, cook stove, pizza oven, coal-stove, furnace, or exhaust chimney for conventional heating systems. This is the most common type of cleaning.
This is a multiple procedure cleaning that entails a pre-dry cleaning, then the application of very potent chemicals, that soak for a number of hours and is then cleaned with mechanical devices, and concluded with another dry clean. When creosote is in a third degree formation, this cleaning is recommended.