Schedule An Annual Chimney Cleaning With Certified, Insured Professionals
Whether you’ve just moved in or lived in your home for years, the odds are good that your chimney is in need of a cleaning. It’s a maintenance issue many homeowners postpone until fireplace season — but before your family gathers to relax in front of a crackling fire, have our experts inspect your chimney from top to bottom to get it into working order and clean it of dirt and debris.
Why You Should Have Your Chimney Cleaned Before Fireplace Season
These are the benefits to getting your chimney inspected and cleaned before late fall or early winter:
- We can service your chimney faster, before the the busy season
- Creosote odor will be preempted from flowing through your home over the summer
- You’ll know early on if you need to replace or repair your fireplace
- You’ll start fireplace season with a clean chimney and peace of mind
Dirty chimneys do what they do best: restrict the draw of air and make it harder for your fireplace to vent smoke and smoke byproducts to the outside of your home.
Improper ventilation causes combustible creosote – a sticky residue formed when the particles in smoke condense and cool – to build up and increase the chance of a chimney fire that could spread into your house.
There are three levels of creosote:
- Level 1: A light soot that can be easily removed with a dry brush or sponge.
- Level 2: A dark, hardened flaky substance that is more difficult to remove. This type of creosote buildup usually calls for rotary loops, drills, and stiff brushes.
- Level 3: Third-degree creosote is a thick, glazed, hardened creosote, and it’s the most dangerous and most difficult to remove. Brushes, rotary loops, and drills won’t effectively remove glazed creosote without help. That’s where PCR (Poultice Creosote Remover) comes in. This product eliminates even the most stubborn creosote buildup by dissolving and absorbing creosote so it can be swept off with chimney-sweeping tools.
Once creosote is removed, our insured and Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified technicians will then sweep the chimney flue and smoke chamber with chimney brushes to make sure your chimney is up to code and fire safe.
The entire process takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
Could There Be Animals In Your Chimney?
Aside from creosote and soot, what else could be dirtying up and clogging your chimney? Nesting animals and birds!
Birds can mistake a chimney for a hollow tree and build their nest inside, then become trapped. Animals are especially prone to exploring chimneys in the cooler months, when they can feel the heat from a fire below.
If you do find that you have animals in your chimney, C&C Chimney can help. We remove living and dead birds and animals and clean, disinfect, and deodorize the chimney so you can continue to use it safely.
We also install chimney caps, which are designed to protect the chimney against leaks and prevent animals and birds from falling into or nesting in the chimney.
How Do You Know When It’s Time To Clean Your Chimney?
A mistake many homeowners make is waiting until there’s an obvious problem — like smoke entering the house — to call a professional chimney sweep. That’s not usually the safest or the most cost-effective option.
To enjoy a safer, more pleasurable fireside experience and keep costly repairs at bay, an annual inspection is recommended, regardless of the presence of obvious problems.
During an inspection, an experienced specialist will examine the chimney for creosote, flue blockages, leaks, and damage. We’ll let you know if you’re overdue for a cleaning or repairs.
However, if you’re wondering if it’s time to clean your chimney and you haven’t yet scheduled an inspection, you can check for dangerous creosote buildup and flue blockages yourself. Put on goggles and a dust mask, grab a flashlight and a fireplace poker, and begin the investigation.
If you see soot buildup greater than 1/8”, it’s time to start thinking about a chimney cleaning. If you spot creosote 1/4” or thicker, DO NOT use your fireplace again until the entire system has been cleaned.
Is It Messy To Have Your Chimney Cleaned?
Being unobtrusive and keeping your home and property as clean as possible is critical to us. We blanket the inspection area with tarps and wear protective shoe covers so no soot is tracked onto the floor.
We also use a powerful commercial vacuum to collect and contain any dust and debris that’s loosened during cleaning. With C&C Chimney, you can be sure the job will be done right the first time, without a mess or damage.
What About Fireplace Stains — Can You Remove Those?
Is a dirty fireplace making your entire room unattractive? Good news: we can remove fireplace stains fast, and without using dangerous chemicals with noxious odors. Learn more about Paint “N” Peel, the miracle fireplace cleaning service, right here.
Trust C&C Chimney To Keep Your Family Safer!
We’re a family-owned and -operated business since 2006. We lead with this because as a tight-knit family, we want each other (and other families in Tulsa and beyond!) to stay safe. That’s what chimney maintenance is all about!
The CSIA — and the team here at C&C Chimney — recommend an annual chimney inspection and cleaning to prevent fires and keep your family out of harm’s way. Is it time you scheduled your cleaning and inspection? Just as you change your smoke detectors’ batteries annually (you’re doing this, too, right?), so also should you maintain your chimney. Let our specialists check it off the list for you.
Give us a call at 918-396-8296, or schedule an inspection and chimney cleaning online today.