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Sootaway chimney sweep Jacksonville Beach 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 Sootaway team consists of experienced chimney sweeps serving Jacksonville Beach, Florida. 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 in 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 Jacksonville Beach, such as those at Sootaway, has a multitude of benefits.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Chimney Sweep Jacksonville Beach

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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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.

 

Chimney Terms

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Flashing

Chimney flashing is a sheet of metal installed where the chimney connects to the roof. Flashing ensures that the area where the roof and chimney connect is watertight. Flashing can lose effectiveness over time due to typical wear and tear and exposure to the elements. If your flashing is rusted or eroded, it needs to be replaced. Defective flashing can cause leaks in and around your chimney that can damage the structure of your home. Have your chimney inspected by a professional chimney sweep at least once a year to identify any issues with your chimney flashing.

Damper

The damper is an important element of your chimney system and has several purposes. For example, the damper seals the chimney when a fire is not burning, preventing cold outside air from coming into your home through the chimney. It can also be adjusted to allow for more or less oxygen to reach your fire. The damper needs to be routinely inspected along with the rest of your chimney. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. The skilled chimney technicians at Sootaway will provide you with a thorough chimney cleaning and inspection to ensure every part of your chimney system is working as it should.

Crown

The chimney crown is a piece of concrete that sits on top of the chimney. Its purpose is to prevent water from running down into the chimney. The crown starts from the chimney or flue liner and covers the length of the chimney. The crown typically has a taper or a slope to allow water to run off the chimney.

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Sootaway did a fantastic job on my chimney! They came out, swept my chimney, and managed to keep my white carpets clean while they did it!

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