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Chimney Sweep Milton, Florida

Sootaway chimney sweep Milton Florida 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 Milton, 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 Milton, such as those at Sootaway, has a multitude of benefits.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Chimney Sweep Milton

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. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that ‘an estimated 25% of home heating fires are caused by creosote buildup in the chimney.” 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. FEMA recommends having your chimney inspected annually.

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. We recommend you get your chimney cleaned when even 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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The Menace of Leaks

Recently noticed water around your fireplace, chimney, or surrounding area? You probably have a leaking chimney on your hands, which can be a bump in the road for you and the comfort of your home and everyday life. However, A leaking chimney does not always manifest itself in obvious ways.

Many homeowners falsely assume that all leaky chimneys present themselves as visible water in the fireplace or flue, but chimney leaks can originate from a few different places. If you have seen splits or cracks in your chimney, disintegrated mortar joints, and damaged stonework, it is likely that moisture is entering into the chimney.

One of the most widely recognized causes for leaks is the flashing. Flashing is the area in which the metal sheets around the chimney and roof meet and is intended to be introduced in defensive layers. The spot in the rooftop where the fireplace leaves the house is one of the weakest zones with regards to water damage, and if the flashing is not carrying out its responsibility, water entry is nearly ensured.

It is critical to guarantee that your chimney has not been harmed by water. Water damage will bargain both the auxiliary uprightness and execution of your fireplace. Whenever left unprotected, water infiltration can cause serious disintegration of the chimney’s workmanship, which could prompt expensive fixes. Water harm will bargain both the basic respectability and execution of your stack. Corrective action can generally be made; however, avoidance will spare the costs of the property holder.

Our technicians can inspect your chimney, and if we notice any problematic areas, we can take the necessary steps to ensure repairs are made before you see extensive damage. We offer an option for using a waterproofing seal that we apply to the inside and outside of your chimney. We suggest this technique no matter the age of your chimney. Of course, a complete chimney protection program and inspection should include repairing the crown (if needed) and addressing any issues that our technicians come across during the process.

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