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Clean Sweep provides a full range of chimney cleaning services and NFPA accredited chimney inspections. We offer zero hassle, zero mess chimney sweeping for households still using solid fuel burners. We’re also adept at pairing professional cleaning with thorough safety inspections of first, second-story, and higher Level chimneys.
Even if you don’t use your fireplace to burn solid fuel, it is still important to periodically inspect a chimney.
Chimney blockages above modern fireplace inserts can occasionally cause dangerous fume emissions to enter a property. Chimney inspections help prevent this. Periodic chimney inspections also identify structural problems with chimneys, which if left untreated, can result in costly home repairs.
There is nothing as atmospheric as a roaring wood or coal fire in winter. However, contemporary home heating trends see most homes use forced air, electric, and gas heating systems. Clean Sweep, therefore, NFPA approved chimney inspections that cater to a variety of property types.
Level 1 chimney inspections meet the basic inspection requirements of homes that use modern gas and electric home heating systems, as well as solid fuel fireplaces. You may not use your chimney to vent wood or coal smoke. However, as a physical structure, a chimney is still susceptible to weather damage, damp, and general structural damage.
During Level 1 chimney inspections, Clean Sweep chimney experts inspect all readily accessible chimney areas.
Inspections assess the structural integrity of chimney interiors and exteriors. In every case, we ensure that chimneys are architecturally stable and that no signs of damp or loose brickwork are present.
With all basic inspections, we verify that the inside flue of a chimney is free of obstructions and combustible materials.
All basic chimney inspections see our technicians check connections between chimney structures and current heating appliances.
At present, home insurers expect homeowners to carry out the equivalent of a basic chimney inspection at least once a year. However, it is important to note that if you have recently made a change to your home heating system, you will require a more thorough inspection.
Making a change to a home heating system can result in the accidental creation of new home fire hazards. This is particularly the case when fireplace inserts are replaced or upgraded.
To ensure home safety, home insurers expect homeowners to schedule thorough chimney inspections when updating home heating systems. We help satisfy insurer expectations, by performing thorough visual inspections of all chimney interior and exterior surfaces.
Clean Sweep visually asses the integrity of all internal chimney surfaces, joints, and flue liners.
To guarantee the accuracy of inspections, Clean Sweep uses state-of-the-art telescopic cameras and chimney scanning technology.
All inspections examine interior and exterior chimney architecture. This includes assessment of chimney areas located in basements, crawl spaces and attic areas.
During a Level 2 inspection, Clean Sweep will attempt to access hidden chimney areas using telescopic cameras and other technologies. However, if it is not possible to do so, a more thorough Level 3 inspection may be necessary.
At no point in a level 1 or level, 2 chimney inspection will chimney brickwork be physically removed. However, if structural damage is evident or parts of a chimney are not accessible, a more thorough Level 3 inspection will be necessary.
During Level 3 chimney inspections, chimney walls may be partially dismantled to gain access to hidden areas. Chimney crowns and flashing may also be removed to expose concealed damage and otherwise not obvious chimney maintenance problems.
Level 3 inspections verify the structural integrity of concealed chimney areas.
Partial demolition of chimney areas and surrounding home architecture may be necessary to gain access to hidden flue areas. (In every case, though, Clean Sweep will attempt to limit damage and keep disruption to a minimum.)
A Level 3 inspection may result in permanent removal of some chimney structures to counter fire risks and fuel emission hazards.
As a general rule, a level 2 or level 3 chimney inspection will be required whenever you update your home heating system or carry out extensive home repairs or renovations. The minimum of a Level 2 inspection will also be required if you plan to sell or transfer ownership of your property.
A chimney is a surprisingly complex structure. Chimney designs have also experienced significant changes over the past century. For this reason, it is imperative to never trust just anyone when it comes to hiring a chimney sweep or inspection professional.
At Clean Sweep, we offer fully licensed, insured, and bonded, USFA, NFPA, NFI, and CSIA accredited chimney cleaning services. In doing so, you can guarantee that your chimney and your home is in safe hands.
The National Fireplace Institute (NFI) is a nationally recognized professional certification arm of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation.
First founded in 2001, the NFI sets minimum education standards for chimney sweep and fireplace installation professionals. When a chimney sweep is NFI accredited, you can, therefore, rest assured that a person you work with benefits from full training provided by those who set the standard for certification in the hearth industry.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), is a non-profit organization that certifies chimney sweeps and other fireplace professionals.
The foremost prerogative of the CSIA is to prevent American chimney, fryer, and dryer fires, through formal education and professional chimney sweep training. Considered the most respected qualification in the industry, CSIA chimney sweeps are familiar with all national chimney codes, standards, and cleaning and inspection best practices.
Over 45,000 fires occur in American households each year. Many of these result in fatalities. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), therefore, works with FEMA, fireplace installers, and chimney sweeps, to bring awareness to fire hazards and prevent fires from occurring.
Working with the National Fire Academy (NFA), the USFA outlines fire prevention best practices through professional training, certification, and public education programs.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets minimum professional standards for chimney maintenance, fireplace installation, property ventilation, and installation and maintenance of solid fuel-burning appliances.
The NFPA also provides professional training and certification covering a variety of fire safety systems. Being NFPA accredited, therefore, ensures that Clean Sweep inspections and chimney cleaning services are carried out to the highest possible safety standard.
No two chimney inspections are ever performed the same way. Everything from the age of a property to basic property architecture will affect how an inspection is performed. In every case, though, Clean Sweep performs inspections in-line with basic standards set out by the National Fire Protection Association.
During Level 1 chimney inspections, Clean Sweep will visually assess all readily accessible chimney areas. Level 1 inspections, therefore, result in only minor property disruption. However, it is important to remember that Level 1 inspections are not suitable for properties where structural damage is suspected, or where new heating appliances have recently been installed.
When more thorough Level 2 chimney inspections are required, this process will start with one of our chimney experts assessing your chimney interior.
To start inspections, we remove fireplace inserts and begin running a state-of-the-art telescopic camera up a chimney interior. Similar to a telescopic drain snake, our inspectors then check returned HD video footage for signs of common chimney problems.
Visual assessments check the integrity of flue liners and the integrity of mortar between chimney joints and brickwork.
Inspectors monitor camera footage to check for evidence of chimney obstructions like bird nests.
Inspections check for cracking, corrosion, and the presence of combustible materials in chimney shafts and smoke chambers.
In every case, our objective is to ensure that a chimney is structurally sound, and capable of fully containing and venting fuel emissions and products of combustion.
After examining the interior of a chimney, we move on to inspections of outside chimney surfaces. Here, we again look for evidence of cracks, missing mortar, and potential structural defects.
During every Level 2 chimney inspection, we will assess whether or not a chimney is building code compliant. With many older properties, this may not be the case. However, repairs and restorations may not be necessary. At least, not in cases where you no longer plan to burn solid fuel in your chimney.
What happens after a chimney inspection will depend on inspection outcomes and how you plan to use your fireplace. In every case, problems like missing mortar between chimney joints and exterior brickwork will need to be addressed at some point.
When planning to install or continue using a solid fuel fireplace, it will be essential that problems like deteriorated flue linings are addressed promptly. Providing though, that there is no potential for toxic emissions to get trapped in smoke chambers, remedial works will not be required when using a gas or electric fireplace insert.
As well as NFPA chimney inspections, Clean Sweep is number 1 for professional chimney cleaning + fireplace sales.
Regular chimney sweeping and cleaning is vital when hearths are used to burn coal, wood, and other solid fuel types.
As combustible materials burn, they result in smoke and soot deposits. These can build up to create a thick residue in chimney smoke chambers and shafts. Toxic if inhaled, soot can also corrode flue linings. When this happens, smoke, soot, and toxic emissions can permeate into a property interior.
Soot build ups increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Excess soot accumulating in chimneys results in increased risks of chimney fires and obstructions.
Soot can leak into fireplace hearths causing toxic emissions to be present while reducing the energy efficiency of fireplaces.
At Clean Sweep, we lower soot and carbon monoxide poisoning health risks. To do this, we remove excess soot deposits from flue linings and chimney interiors. In the process, chimney sweeping reduces the likelihood of chimney fires and improves the overall efficiency of solid fuel burners.
At present, the National Fire Protection Association recommend that chimney cleaning and inspections are carried out at least once a year. However, you should schedule cleaning promptly if your chimney is smoking, blocked, or you begin noticing unpleasant odors around your hearth or chimney structure.
Raccoons, bats, birds, and rodents, will all attempt to take up residence in a chimney at some point. However, all need to be removed as expeditiously as possible.
Birds nests and bat guano can pose a significant home fire hazard. Having rodents and other pests in a chimney can also result in all-out home infestations. Thankfully, Clean Sweep can remove all kinds of pests promptly.
Pests will rarely take up residence in chimneys which are regularly used to vent wood and coal smoke. It is, therefore, more common for pests to be a problem in homes using gas and other fireplace inserts. In either case, though, signs of a pest problem are usually easy to identify.
Hearing gnawing, fluttering, rustling or chirping, is a sure sign that something has taken up residence in a chimney.
Foul odors emanating from a chimney or fireplace can be a sign of deceased animal carcasses or droppings decomposing.
It may be possible to see birds nesting and bats coming and going from a chimney roost in the evening.
In every case, pests need to be removed from a chimney as quickly as possible. This is because pests don't just pose a potential fire hazard. As well as this, pests like bats can carry rabies and a host of other infectious diseases.
Because many pests pose a direct risk to health, it is rarely advisable to attempt DIY pest removal. Instead, let Clean Sweep know what kind of pests you might be dealing with. We’ll then arrange professional removal, coupled with preventative measures to stop problems recurring.
Fireplaces and chimneys are built to handle high heat stress, not to mention tolerate punishing weather conditions. However, no hearth or fireplace can last forever.
When chimney inspections identify structural and safety problems with a chimney, Clean Sweep can help plan necessary restoration work. From relining of a chimney flue to full fireplace replacement., we can capably repair any residential chimney.
Replace solid fuel fireplaces and stoves with energy-efficient gas and electricity-powered fireplaces.
Recondition older chimneys to be used to once again vent wood and coal smoke.
Repair chimney interior and exterior structures after weather damage.
Whatever repair or level of repurposing your chimney might require, we can help. You can also rest assured that all chimney repair and renovation work will be compliant with your local building code. When replacing a fireplace insert or upgrading a wood burner, we can also help you save by matching you with the ideal fireplace for your newly restored chimney.
Choosing the right fireplace for a property is about more than just choosing between different fireplace aesthetics. When choosing a new gas or electric-powered fireplace, you need to be sure that inserts match the size of your existing fireplace opening. It is also essential to choose a fireplace that will heat your home in as energy-efficient a way as possible.
At Clean Sweep, we help homeowners choose the ideal fireplace for their budget, home-style, chimney, and long-term energy budget.
Unlike fireplace showrooms, we don’t hard sell the latest big brand wood burners and fireplace inserts. Instead, we help you choose the right fireplace based on design, running cost expectations, and all-important fire safety. To inquire about our range, contact us directly for more details.