A Clean Chimney is a Safe Chimney
Soot and creosote build-up can lower efficiency, lead to carbon monoxide poisonings, degrade your heating system and cause chimney fires. Don't put your family at risk; get your fireplace and chimney cleaned.
About Chimney Sweeping
A dirty, damaged or blocked chimney can lead to a chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. That's why it's important to get your chimney cleaned regularly. We recommend that you get a professional chimney cleaning and inspection done annually to make sure you and your family are safe.
What's with the inspection?
Today's modern fire code requires that chimneys not only need to be cleaned but must also be inspected annually by a certified technician to verify the suitability of the heating system for continued use and to ensure that it is up to code.
Modern Chimney Sweeping
When people think of chimney sweeping they tend to imagine a blackened chimney sweep like Bert from Mary Poppins who uses rods and a brush to sweep out the flue. While a modified version of a brush on a coiled rod is often used to clean the soot out of manufactured metal chimneys, modern tools have been developed that are more efficient than the old sweeping brushes.
For masonry chimneys and metal chimneys with heavy creosote buildup, we use rotary equipment to clean the flue and smoke chamber. Rotary chimney cleaning is many times more effective for removing carbon and creosote from chimneys than manually brushing the flue. Rotary cleaning gets your chimney cleaner and makes it safer than traditional cleaning methods. Coupled with an internal camera inspection, in most cases, we can clean and inspect chimneys from the bottom without removing the chimney cap.
A note about glaze creosote:
When chimneys have not been cleaned in many years or have the wrong type of wood burned in them, they may develop what is called stage III or "glaze creosote". This type of creosote is thick and as hard as porcelain. It is the most dangerous form of creosote and the most flammable.
Sometimes glaze creosote is too heavily built up and cannot be removed by mechanical means, even with chains. Glaze creosote usually needs a chemical treatment to remove it. This should be done by professionals as the chemical is corrosive. All A-1 Chimney Pro lead techs are trained and certified to clean chimneys with creosote removal chemical treatments.
Why Choose A-1 Chimney Pro
A clean chimney is a safer more efficient chimney. A-1 Chimney Pro is the chimney sweep leader for central Arkansas in cleaning carbon and flammable creosote build up out of your heating system. All of our lead technicians are trained, tested and CSIA certified to better serve you. When it comes to chimney sweeping, don't settle for second best, contact A-1 Chimney Pro to get the job done right.