Portland OR Chimney Cleaning | Vancouver WA Chimney Sweeping
Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend cleaning and inspection of chimneys at least once a year, more if you use your fireplace regularly. This applies to both wood-burning and gas fireplaces! Even if you do not use your fireplace, your chimney should still be cleaned and inspected as animals may build nests in the flue.
In January 2009, the NFPA released a report that cited between the years 2003 and 2006 heating equipment was involved in an estimated 64,100 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 540 civilian deaths, 1,400 civilian injuries, and $943 million in direct property damage. 23,300 of those fires were confined chimney or flue fires that could have been prevented with proper cleaning & inspection.
Chimney cleaning is needed annually to remove creosote deposits from the lining of the flue and other debris from chimneys that can lead to chimney fires or flue blockages. Creosote is a highly flammable residue caused by smoke and steam that builds up over time from combustion in your chimney. As the smoke travels up the relatively cool chimney, it condenses, like shower steam on a cold mirror, causing the creosote particles in the warm smoke to solidify, leaving a very flammable and unstable coating inside your chimney. The only way to remove this danger is by having your chimney swept with a special brush.
Chimney fire temperatures often exceed 2000 degrees inside the chimney and the CSIA claims that as little as ¼” of buildup is enough to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading fire damage to the home. In the event of a flue blockage, carbon monoxide and other dangerous fumes can be forced into your home. Chimney cleaning is a vital service to protect the health and safety of your family and home. All chimneys, including the chimney for your furnace, should be inspected annually with cleaning performed as needed.
Here is a list of what our 21-Point Inspection/Condition Report includes:
Chimney Cap/Spark Arrestor
Ash Dump Door
Stove Pipe Condition
Carbon Monoxide Detector