We service all residential and commercial chimneys, regardless of the type of fuel burned. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don’t use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be cleaned at 1/8″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. Factory-built fireplaces should be cleaned when any appreciable buildup occurs. This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home.
We have the ability to remove even the toughest deposits by either mechanical or chemical means. To sweep a chimney, we employ a variety of techniques that can handle every situation.
We primarily “sweep from below” using a rotary system. Using a hammer drill connected to rods (that reach the top of your chimney), we essentially use a weed whacker to forcibly removed the creosote from the chimney. When the situation calls for it, we can also “Sweep from Above”- Think Burt in Mary Poppins, ‘nough said!
We offer chimney services in Conway, Bartlett, Jackson, Tamworth, Madison, Albany, Fryeburg, and all nearby towns!