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Chimney Sweep Baytown, Texas

Sootaway chimney sweep Baytown knows that fireplaces and chimneys are very important to maintain. As one of the riskiest areas of the home, when not properly maintained, fireplaces can become very dangerous. With that being said, if you own a fireplace, you should consider getting your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep team. Professional chimney sweeps can help minimize the risks of owning a fireplace and ensure your chimney is properly maintained. The B team consists of experienced chimney sweeps serving Baytown, Texas. We help our clients feel secure with their fireplace so they can enjoy it anytime they want. Before discussing the benefits of our services, let’s cover what chimney sweeps do.

What is a Chimney Sweep?

A chimney sweep is a professional chimney technician who ensures homes are safe to use their fireplaces. Since the 1700s, fireplace owners have known cleaning their chimneys is a risky task. Homeowners would seek the help of young boys who would climb up their chimney to clean each brick and tile in the interior. Thankfully, commercial-grade equipment has taken that job away from children. Despite people knowing for over 300 years that chimney cleaning is very important, many people neglect to do this task, or they attempt to do it themselves.

Chimney sweeps are highly trained workers who have the proper equipment to clean chimneys thoroughly. Most homeowners do not have the necessary tools to get up and inside the chimney. To reach the entire chimney a pro needs the proper tools. A professional chimney sweep will use extendable brushes, specialized cleaning agents, and even cameras to ensure your chimney is completely clean. With that being said, hiring professional chimney sweep Baytown, such as those at Sootaway, has a multitude of benefits.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Chimney Sweep Baytown

If you are considering hiring a chimney sweep to clean your chimney, you want to know the benefits you will receive when you hire one. The truth is, benefits differ by the type of property. If you would like to know the specific benefits you will experience with hiring a chimney sweep, please contact us. Our team members would love to discuss what you will enjoy about our services and give you a quote. For now, let’s discuss the three main benefits we guarantee with our services.

Protect Your Home

The most important benefit of hiring a professional chimney sweep is safety. One of the primary functions of a chimney sweep is providing its customers with safety when using their fireplace. This is one of the primary reasons homeowners prefer to hire a chimney sweep rather than cleaning their chimney themselves. They will make any necessary chimney repairs, and they will make sure your chimney functions properly. Additionally, they will clean out any flammable, sooty buildup to prevent your chimney from catching on fire. This is, as you likely know, very important as a chimney fire can lead to severe damage.

When you hire a chimney sweep to inspect your home annually, the primary purpose is to ensure there is no soot or creosote buildup present. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends getting your chimney cleaned once just 1/8 of an inch of buildup is present. If your chimney has any thicker of a buildup, it is at risk for catching on fire. When you hire a chimney sweep, they will use a special camera to film the interior of your chimney. While doing this, they will be looking for any signs of buildup that could lead to a fire. If they do spot a sooty buildup, they will remove it so you can safely use your fireplace.

Save Yourself Time

Cleaning a chimney takes some time. To clean a one-story building’s chimney thoroughly, it can take up to two hours. So, if your home or commercial building is more than one story tall, it can take at least three hours. This is not including the time it takes to remove thick sooty buildups. With that being said, it can take inexperienced homeowners a great deal of time to clean their own chimney. The equipment used by professional chimney sweeps helps them to save time and effort when cleaning. If you do not have the equipment, it can take you an entire weekend afternoon to properly clean your chimney. So, we encourage you to hire a chimney sweep if you have a very busy schedule.

Breathe Better Air

Any blockage in your chimney will affect the air quality in your home or building. When there is no place for the smoke from the fire to escape, it will fill the home quickly. As you know, this is very unhealthy to breathe in. Sooty buildups are not the only blockages that can cause this to happen. Birds’ nests, leaves, and critters can also cause a blockage for the smoke. Hiring a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney will prevent this issue from happening and will ensure the smoke can escape your chimney properly.

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Providing a full Bill of Health for your chimney and fireplace system.

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Keeping your chimney clean, safe, and protected from hazards.

Use Proper Fuel

Make sure the wood is seasoned and when choosing a type of wood, go for a hardwood like oak, maple, or ash. A few logs of greenwood can build creosote thick enough to start a chimney fire.

Proper Installation

Your wood stove or furnace must be installed properly and by a professional. This is to ensure there is proper distance between the flammable parts and the non-combustible parts of the heating system. A wood stove’s chimney must be brick-made (masonry) and factory-built. A single bricked chimney with no liner must never be used for a wood stove.

Chimney Cleaning

Get a professional chimney sweep to inspect your chimney at least annually. This should be even more frequent if the fireplace is lit regularly.

Ensure There is Less or no Creosote Buildup

Creosote is highly flammable and when it is ignited, and it burns with vigor. Creosote is formed when vapor from wet wood mixes with gases and condenses. Chimney professionals state that a ¼in thickness of creosote means your chimney can burst into flames any minute and thus should be removed. In the same breath, do not ignore soot buildup.

Use Smoke Detectors

With the help of smoke detectors, troubleshoot and take action immediately any time smoke is detected indoors. The smoke is most likely a result of a dirty chimney full of debris like dead leaves, twigs, soot, or creosote buildup that have resulted in chimney flue blockage. Other causes include soft or wet wood that has not burned completely or a damper that is not fully opened.

Proper Ventilation is Important

Ventilation is one of the most important parts of your home’s heating system. A huge percentage of chimney fires, safe to say 90%, is caused by faults within the venting system. Take note that the venting system is not the same as the chimney system.

Chimney Fire Prevention Tips

Your home, your family, and yourself are the top priority when it comes to safety. Chimney fires are no exception on this. If you are going to use your fireplace and chimney, then you need to be aware of some chimney fire prevention tips that could save you and those you love. Below are some helpful tips.

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“Got a damper installed at one of my properties so that I would save money on the energy bills. It should help the AC stay in the house better. Thanks Sootaway for the great job.”

“Sootaway came out and used some spray to waterproof my chimney. Even gave me a 10 yr warranty in case we did start seeing leaks but reassured me that it would not be a problem again. I really appreciate knowing I don’t have to worry about my chimney for a long time.”

“Called for a cleaning since I haven’t gotten one in ten years. The chimney guy said that I should be getting a chimney sweep yearly, and from the looks of all the soot he removed, I would say he is right. I appreciated the photos he showed me of before and after.”

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Baytown, Texas

Baytown is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within Harris and Chambers counties. Located in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan statistical area, it lies on the northern side of the Galveston Bay complex near the outlets of the San Jacinto River and Buffalo Bayou.

Lynchburg Ferry

“The Lynchburg Ferry, across from the Houston Ship Channel, connects North and South Independence Parkway and the San Jacinto Battleground Monument. Since 1888, Harris County has provided the ferry service free of charge.”

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Houston Raceway Park

Houston Raceway Park, formerly known as Royal Purple Raceway, is a quarter-mile dragstrip in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston. Built in 1988, the Park is situated on 500 acres on the eastern edge of the greater Houston metropolitan area and is Houston’s only major multi-purpose motorsports venue.

Baytown Nature Center

“Baytown Nature Center, located at 6213 Bayway Drive, is a 500-acre peninsula surrounded by Burnet, Crystal and Scott Bays. It consists of hardwood uplands, high quality tidal marsh, and freshwater wetlands. This unique site is listed on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, providing habitat for 317 species of resident and neo-tropical migrant birds. The American Bird Conservancy designated BNC as a nationally important bird area. The nature center hosts a monthly Audubon Bird Survey in partnership with Houston Audubon.”

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