At SootAway Chimney Sweep of Milton we understand that your home is important to you, and so should your chimney. A fireplace or chimney system that has not been maintained for cleanliness puts your entire home at risk. Although the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA recommends one annual inspection, we are here 365 days a year to service your chimney needs. Looking for top-rated quality service? Our trusted technicians at SootAway have over 30 years of experience in chimney repair, maintenance, and sweeping. If you have a chimney problem like a water leak, cracked bricks, or just need a sweep, we are the team to call. We are locals to this area, so building a relationship with our customers and our community is our priority. Chimney sweeps are easy to ignore, but a house fire is not. Before you use your chimney, it is best to have a professional inspect your chimney to ensure the safety of you and your home.
Our team has a large local presence in Milton, and we are not strangers to rainfall. The panhandle of Florida receives a lot of rain each year, including tropical storms and hurricanes. Did you know that water from inclement weather is extremely deteriorative and corrosive? Over long periods of time water can cause major amounts of damage that can lead to expensive repair. Noticing any signs of a water leak as early as possible can save you money. Since brick is a porous material, it absorbs water easily. Water can get inside bricks, freeze, and expand, causing the brick to crack. Once water is within the masonry, it can drop past the brickwork and into the home. Moisture that is trapped within the walls of your home or fireplace can form into mold or mildew. This will cause a foul odor within the hearth and can potentially cause respiratory issues if you inhale mold. It all started with just one drop of water! Negligence is the Achilles heel of a chimney; many people fail to do their regular inspection or maintenance. We cannot stress how important it is to have an inspection done on your chimney each year! An inspection allows one of our expert technicians to investigate the chimney and look for any signs of water damage. We utilize special tools, ladders, and even a camera to get a comprehensive report of your chimney.
It may not seem common until it happens to you! Animals are known to look for shelter in chimneys to make nests and stay safe. Can you blame them? A chimney would be the perfect home for an animal, rent-free, and out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, a chimney is a terrible place for these home intruders. The common culprits are usually birds, bats, raccoons, and squirrels. At SootAway Chimney Sweep of Milton, we have unique methods to get an animal out of your chimney without harming it, practicing humane animal removal. Bird and bat droppings can accumulate in the hearth of your chimney and cause a deadly respiratory disease known as histoplasmosis. Sometimes, an animal cannot escape the chimney and will die before we get the chance to liberate it. We will remove deceased animals as well.
Burning a fire is NOT clean, it makes quite the mess. If you use your chimney, or even not regularly, you need to keep your chimney clean to prevent fire hazards. Whenever you burn a fire, the oils in the wood can sometimes not be completely burned. The oils will travel through the smoke and cools as it rises, lining the chimney and the flue with residue. This residue is called creosote. Creosote buildup has three stages. At stage 1, creosote is a look flaky material that resembles soot and can be brushed away. Stage 2 creosote is a tar-like substance that requires special brushes to remove. By Stage 3, creosote has hardened and is a lot more difficult to remove. Creosote is dangerous because it is highly flammable. Creosote is the leading cause for chimney fires, which according to recent statistics, there are on average 25,000 chimney fires each year. Chimney fires result in major property loss and damage because the firefighter must spray water down into the chimney, resulting in flood damage to the home. It will never happen to you…until it does! We want to keep you safe, and with a peace of mind. It is also important to remember when there’s an animal stuck in your chimney not to start a fire. Many people do this to try and make the animal leave this typically never works and results in more problems than if you were to just call us for animal removal. We can ensure your home is safe from fire hazards by doing inspections, making sure your chimney is not obstructing code, and clear of any blockage.
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
Not all chimney companies are created equal. Just like any other business, it is easy to get overcharged. We offer fair and direct pricing and will never sell you a service you do not need. We also don’t accept payments until it rains so you know the service you received on any installations and repairs is of the highest caliber. After our services, we provide you a detailed before and after report including photos taken with our chimney scans.
Sootaway offers all the essential services beyond local chimney sweeping that will keep your chimney in proper working order. Here are some of our 5-star services:
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We hope you now have a good understanding of why you should hire a chimney sweep to clean your fireplace. The role of the professional chimney sweeps has existed for a good reason: keeping people safe. If you want to know you and your family are safe when using your fireplace and chimney, it is highly encouraged you to contact a professional chimney sweep company.
Are you looking for a chimney sweep Milton team? Please feel free to visit our website to contact us. We would love to help you get your chimney in perfect condition so you can use your fireplace with a piece of mind. Our team brings great experience and guarantees you will be satisfied with our work. We look forward to hearing from you!