Nikro LV10 vacuums are used during the chimney sweep, the same type of vacuum used for lead remediation!
Multiple clean dropcloths are used at each and every inspection to help protect the clients’ homes.
A wide variety of cleaning heads and soot reduction tools are kept on board to ensure your chimney is properly swept.
Even with the best quality equipment, you can never be too careful.
A chimney sweep in action viewed from the top (swept from the bottom to control dust). The cleaning head and method used may also vary depending on chimney flue materials and buildup.
-If possible, please create a 6’ x 6’ area in front of the fireplace for the technician work space. If less space is available, we can always work around it using additional drop cloths.
- Please secure pets and small children, and remove birds from the room.
- Please remove anything hanging from the mantel. Any items above and on the mantel will be above the encapsulated area and will not be harmed.
I have performed over 7,000 sweeps, and have developed a process that keeps your home clean. Please be advised that extremely dirty systems will create an odor in the same room after the sweep (rare event). If this does occur it can be resolved by opening a window for several minutes.
Our industry has a minimum standard of care we must abide by legally and morally. In a worst case scenario, if something were to happen such as a chimney fire, we would be found liable or at least partially liable for the damages for not meeting our minimum requirements set by the National Fire Protection Association.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Factory-built fireplaces should be swept when any appreciable buildup occurs. Byproducts of combustion are acidic and can prematurely deteriorate your chimney if left over long periods of time.
The best time to sweep your chimney is in the Spring after your last fire of the season. This will improve indoor air quality, remove acidic creosote before the wet Summer months, and prolong the life of your system. Another huge plus is the off-season specials you can get!