HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR CHIMNEY CLEANED?
This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: 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 1/4" 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.
Many American homeowners think their chimneys only need to be cleaned and inspected if they burn wood in their fireplaces or wood stoves. But almost all heating appliances, whether they burn gas, oil, wood or coal, rely on the chimney to safely carry toxic gases produced by the heating system of the house.
Each fall, homeowners shift into home-improvement mode. They clean gutters, garages and basements -- preparing homes for winter. But they usually don't inspect, repair or clean their chimneys, despite the potential for damage to their property or even to their lives.
Unfortunately chimneys usually fall under the out of sight out of mind category of home improvements and maintenance; until something goes wrong of course. Poor construction, improper maintenance and neglect can result in carbon monoxide leaks, puff backs and chimney blockage.
It is not uncommon for your burner company to fully shut down your heating unit during their annual inspection if any of these problems exist. In the event of these problems Clean Sweep Chimney & Dryer Vent Cleaning offers emergency blockage removal, animal/nest removal, and emergency liner installations. We will ensure that we have you back up and running in no time at all.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
High power pressure washing (4,000 P.S.I.)
Installation of cap and spark arrestor
We also offer a complete Dryer Vent Cleaning including cleaning the lint inside your dryer which is important for both safety and economic reasons.
Few people realize that dryer vent duct cleaning significantly reduces the risk of a dryer vent fire and improves the efficiency of the dryer, thereby lowering utility costs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, 10 injuries, and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning associated with improper maintenance of dryer vents. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In many cases, injuries and death can be prevented with proper dryer vent cleaning. Is not cleaning your dryer vent a risk you are willing to take?
WHY DRYER VENT FIRES OCCUR?
In today's homes, dryer vents tend to be vented longer distances, creating more places for lint to gather. Although dryers are equipped with lint traps, a significant amount of lint is not caught by the trap, and instead, builds up inside the dryer. In addition to creating a fire hazard, if your dryer vent duct is too long or has too many bends, it will cause your dryer to take much longer than necessary to dry loads, using more energy and electricity. Finally, inadequate clearance space between the dryer and the wall can cause the dryer to work inefficiently.
Many people create problems by putting their dryer against the wall crushing the venting material in the process. The cumulative effect of reduced air-flow and the resulting lint buildup prevent the dryer from drying at a normal rate and risk causing a fire.
WHY DRYER VENT CLEANING IS IMPORTANT?
According to the Fire Department, your dryer vent exhaust duct should be professionally cleaned once or twice a year. Not only does dryer vent cleaning help ensure the safety of your family and your home, but economically, dryer vent cleaning can result in improved efficiency of the washer/dryer. This improved efficiency helps cut down on the cost and energy spent operating the dryer, perhaps extending the dryer's useful life.
How does Clean Sweep Chimney & Dryer Vent Cleaning Performs Dryer Vent Cleanings
Our company performs dryer vent cleaning using vacuums and brushes that thoroughly clean your vent as well as your dryer. Our tools will blast through even the most compact debris, including layers of bird's nests.
In fact, if you have had problems with birds entering the dryer vent duct and creating nests inquire about a bird guard. Depending on the severity of the clog, the length of the dryer duct and the height of the outlet, the average cleaning lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Dryer vent cleaning is one of the many services we offer. Call today to for an estimate over the phone. Please read more about our services to see what is appropriate for your circumstances.