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Chimney Sweep Birmingham, Alabama

Sootaway chimney sweep Birmingham 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 get your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep team. Professional chimney sweeps can protect you from house fires by reducing the risks of owning a fireplace. The SootAway team consists of experienced chimney sweeps serving locally in Birmingham, Alabama. We help our clients feel secure with their fireplace so they can enjoy it anytime they want. That’s why we do a safety inspection to make sure there are no potential risks. We love living in the Birmingham area and proudly serve those in Jefferson County, Walker County, Cullman County, Blount County, St. Clair County, Shelby County, and Bibb County.

What is a Chimney Sweep?

A chimney sweep is a professional chimney technician who ensures homes are safe to use their fireplaces. Despite people knowing 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 inside the chimney. A professional chimney sweep will use extendable brushes, specialized cleaning agents, and even cameras to ensure your chimney is completely clean. Additionally, our local technicians have the knowledge and experience to spot problems that would not be caught by the untrained eye. With that being said, hiring a professional chimney sweep, such as those at SootAway in Birmingham, has a multitude of benefits.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Chimney Sweep Birmingham

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.

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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Things to Do in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is a city in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2019 population of 209,403, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama’s most populous and fifth largest county.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

“George Barber’s zeal for speed ignited his vision for today’s museum. Having raced Porsches in the 1960s, Barber held an impressive track record—63 first place wins. A thriving business executive, Barber rediscovered his motorsports passion in 1988 and began collecting and restoring classic cars.”

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

“To enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future.”

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McWane Science Center

“McWane Science Center’s mission is to “spark wonder and curiosity about our world though hands-on science.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors. Explorers — from ages 1 to 100 — flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues. McWane Science Center has a number of permanent exhibits that are a regular part of the science education experience.”

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Historical Highlights of Birmingham

“Get to know Alabama’s biggest city and gain insight into Southern history with this tour of Birmingham’s most important historic sites. Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement as you visit key sites such as Kelly Ingram Park; discover Birmingham’s industrial history at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and Birmingham’s Railroad Park, and find out about the city’s passion for baseball at the Negro Southern League Museum.”

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“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..”

“I liked that this business called me ahead of time to verify my appointment, I almost forgot about it. Additionally, they laid down a cloth so that my carpet would stay clean. I liked the extra care they took during the whole process”

“Tim came out a few weeks ago to get birds out of my chimney. Apparently these birds can’t be removed until they are a month old but he assured me he would come back as soon as it was legally allowable. Thankfully, he did come back and got the birdies out safely. Thanks Sootaway.”

Chimney Cleaning Tips

At Home Cleaning Tips for Your Chimney

Being a homeowner is a huge deal. One should have pride especially if their home has a working fireplace and chimney. Purchasing a home with a fireplace, it is important to maintain the functionality. It is important to not just enjoy it to the fullest in the cold months but also to be economical, efficient as well as health-conscious.

A well-cleaned out fireplace and chimney will burn less wood, produce less smoke, and ensure you and your family to breathe easier. Let’s look at some basic steps that you can perform D.I.Y chimney cleaning.

D.I.Y. Chimney Cleaning Guide

  • Proper Cleaning Equipment
  • Bare Essentials Eye protection
  • Breathing masks
  • Protective gloves
  • Rugged clothes
  • Set of chimney sweeping tools

**Make sure these are clean and dry before you begin or you just might end up making things worse**

  1. Designated Cleaning Area
    Regardless if you’re cleaning the fireplace or chimney, you will have to deal with dust. To protect the living room, cover the fireplace with high-quality plastic sheeting, and seal it tight. Invest in good quality duct tape in the chimney cleaning process. Make sure the covering is airtight as possible because otherwise, you will need to sweep clean the living room as well.
  2. Proceed With Caution
    When you start the process, you will need to start with cleaning the chimney first. This is because all of the dust and residue are going to decent into the fireplace. Now, you should prod from the outside in. This means to get on top of the roof and use the chimney sweep brushes from there.
  3. Take Your Time
    When starting the chimney cleaning, it is best to allow some time after the initial sweep. Usually, a lot of dust becomes unsettled and descends downward. It can come up through a draft. Keep your face away from the outlet when this happens. Even when wearing a mask, settled dust can make it harder to breathe.
  4. Do A Thorough Clean Sweep
    Make sure the brushes are reaching all four sides of the chimney and that you are reaching as far down as possible. Once that is done, you can back inside the house and collect all the dust that was shaken loose and dispose of it securely in the bin outside.

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