Why You Should Have Your Chimney Swept Regularly!
           A.  The short answer is because you life and property are at risk if you don't.
           B.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners get their
                 chimney inspected at least annually.
           C.  Regular annual chimney cleanuings are an important maintenance concern.  Besides
                   creosote buildup, rainwater damage is the number one cause of chimney deterioration.
         It's Importatn To Note:
           When shopping for a chimney sweep, be sure to consider the old saying, "You get 
              what you pay for".  There are a handful of companies in this area offering to 
              clean chimneys for about 1/2 of the going rate.  These companies often do not take
              the time needed to do the job properly, as they must move to the next house quickly
               in order to off-set their low prices.  These 
              low-dollar companies will often skip the smoke shelf and smoke chamber areas
              directly above the damper in the fireplace cleanings, leaving all of the creosote they
              may have brushed down the chimney sitting right there on the shelf and only clean 
              from the top of your chimney and never venture inside at all during their whole visit.
             This can create many problems for you the consumer; open fireplace doors and open
             dampers create an excellent pathway directly into your living space and making an
             aweful mess.  Also buyer beware of companies that have more than one specialty......
              as we call them : "Jack of all trades but master of none."  These companies hire any
              one off the street and send them out to do whataever is needed at that time.  More
              "specialties" in a company to get more money is all they are truly interested in, not
              quality craftsmanship and professionalism and you the consumer's best interests.
       Why Do Chimneys Need To Be Swept?
           Sweeping a chimney removes dangerous, flammable creosote from inside the chimney so the
            chimney contains no fuel that could ignite.  Chimney fires can sound like a freight train (free
            burning), or they can smolder and go almost unnoticed by the occupants of the home 
            (slow burning).  In either case, a chimney fire is potentially hazardous.  Fire can spread to the 
            home. If the chimney can do its job and protect the home,  it is damaged in the process.  Other
            factors such as bird's nests and inadequate clearance to combustibles can contribute to structural
            chimney-related fires.  These factors are equally as important as creosote build up, and are
            investigated in the course of a thorough inspection.  Sweeping a chimney primarily refers to the
            removal of creosote deposits so it is advisable not to disregard "inspections or evaluations" as
            unimportant.  Chimney sweeping requires laborious scraping and scrubbing with wire
            brushes to remove flammable creosote.  A chimney fire occurs when a creosote buildup
            ignites and burns inside the chimney and stove pipes.  Cleaning chimneys, either masonry or
            insulated pipe, at least once per year can decrease the formation of creosote and the hazards 
            caused by the build up.
        What Is Creosote?
            Creosote is the product of wood smoke and moisture ( a combination of unburned gases and
            unburned tar-like liquids).  It can be a serious hazard for homeowners who burn wood.  Creosote
            is formed by burning wet or unseasoned wood, restricted air supply, burning at a low temperature
           or cooler-than normal chimney temperatures. 
           The large amount of moisture from burning wet wood condenses in the chimney and adds to
           creosote formation as well as the acrid odor.  The formation of creosote can be a nuisance 
           because it may drip out of stove pipe joints which have not been properly sealed or installed; 
           leaving a gummy stain and an acrid smell possibly ruining finishes or flooring.  When these come
           in contact with a cooler surface, they condense on that surface.  In your chimney, it can appear 
           as a black or brown coating.  It can be sooty, dry and flaky, sticky, or hard and shiny.  These 
           deposits can reduce draft and cause smoke to spill into your room.  Whatever form it takes, it is 
           highly flammable.  If large amounts build up, the result could be a chimney fire (fires which start in
           dirty chimneys generate tremendous amounts of heat causing flue liners to crack among other 
           hazards).  Creosote can burn at temperatures up to 3000 degrees Farenheit and can have the
           same ignition temperature as a piece of paper.Chimney flues are meant to contain exhaust
           gases, not combusiton.
         1.  Use seasoned woods only (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood 
           2.  Build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke.
           3.  Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; these can spark a 
                chimney fire.
           4.  Keeping your chimney clean will pay off in increased safety and efficiency.

           Clean chimneys don't catch fire.  If you think a chimney fire has occurred, call us for an

     How Often Should My Chimney Be Cleaned?
        Most chimneys should be cleaned after a cord of wood has been burned.  Of course, there are several other factors 
        that could require a different cleaning schedule:
        1.  How often you burn.
        2.  How you manage your fire.
        3.  The wood you burn.
        4.  How well seasoned the wood is.
        5.  The weather.
        6.  Location and size of chimney (exterior or interior).
        7.  Improper caps.
        8.  Overhanging trees.
      What Type Of Wood Should I burn?
      If at all possible, you should burn hardwoods such as oak, ash, and hickory to name a few.  Dry hardwoods, 
        because of their high-burning temperatures and low smoke density, leave less creosote in your chimney.
       After the cleaning we will fill out a written evaluation form and will recommed any improvements or repairs you
       may need.
   Extreme Creosote build up!!!!