Chimney Sweeps - For a Safe, Clean Chimney
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The Glow of a Warm Fire

Few individuals can resist the glow of a warm fire burning in their fireplace or cast iron stoves. fireplaceThey take great care to select only the cleanest burning, highest quality fuels. Keeping a fireplace or cast iron stove clean is a necessity.

Creosote buildup is the main cause of fireplace fires in chimneys and flues. Soot or "creosote" is basically a carbon that appears as black residue on the inside of chimneys.

In traditional fireplaces, the chimney or flue is the outlet for smoke and peripheral fly ash to escape. The internal chamber of the chimney is often referred to as the flue. This is the duct/s or pipe that expels carbon gases while the fire is burning. Warm air in the flue is adjusted by a "damper" or flap that closes and adjusts the opening in the flue. Keeping a chimney clean enhances the value of the fireplace and offers greater enjoyment of sitting fireside with the glow of a fire burning brightly.

Keep Your Fireplace Clean

cleaning chimney before & afterAll fuels eventually deposit creosote onto the inner chamber of the chimney. Cleaning a chimney is not a job for the faint of heart. It is also a dangerous job that should only be done by professional chimney sweeps.

Cleaning a chimney effectively takes skill and experience. The very best chimney sweeps are found at MyContractorList.com. They use state-of-the-art equipment to "sweep" the residue away and contain residual dust so it doesn't create a mess to clean up afterward.

What Does a Chimney Sweep Do?

When you contact your chimney sweep at MyContractorList.com, you engage a professional chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This insures your work is done in compliance with safety rules. When your chimney sweeps arrive, they inspect the chimney inside and outside of your home for defects or damage. Next, they assess the amount of creosote that requires removal. They use a safety ladder to reach the exterior chimney and insert a power rotary brush that "scrubs" away layers of creosote. Some chimney sweeps also use a rotary scrubbing whip or a flower "loop" made of several skeins of metal wire for heavily embedded creosote. These are attached to an induced draft vacuum that collects the residue. Chimneys should be cleaned at least twice a year with regular use. Visit MycontractorList.com today to arrange for chimney cleaning.

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