SPRING CLEANING TIPS
Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for Spring Chimney Cleaning! Proper maintenance of chimneys, vents, and ducts are important for every responsible home-owner to work into their yearly routine.
Don’t try To Do It By Yourself!
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) recommends a yearly chimney cleaning and inspection. While it is tempting to address such cleaning and repairs on your own, keep in mind that the work can be extremely dangerous, physically taxing, and requires specific expertise. It involves getting around on the roof, vigorous scrubbing, and exposure to potentially toxic materials. Plus, it can really stink! It is also important to remember that there is more than just dust and dirt lurking in a chimney. There could be anything in there from dangerous chemicals to live animals. It is necessary to have a CSIA certified chimney sweep on hand who is trained in dealing with any situation that may reveal itself.
There are many spring cleaning jobs that homeowners enjoy doing themselves but chimney cleaning should not be one of them. It is a dangerous job that can lead to a number of different physical injuries and ailments. Instead of spending all day on a risky task, it is best to let a trained professional take care of things
Schedule a Chimney Cleaning and Chimney Inspection with American Chimney & Masonry
Contact us today and set up and appointment. What we will do:
Our main concern is removing all of the creosote deposits that have accumulated on the walls of your chimney. Forming naturally as the by-products of combustion (smoke, gases, tar fog, vapors, etc.) exit the cooler walls of your upper chimney, creosote is the highly combustible result of the condensation that occurs. Creosote can be either black or brown, and its appearance can vary. Whether it is sticky and gummy, crispy and brittle, or shiny and hard, creosote, especially in large amounts, is extremely flammable. In fact, creosote deposits are listed as the cause of a majority of chimney fires. Getting rid of these creosote buildups after winter’s heavy fireplace usage is essential to the safety of your chimney.
American Chimney & Masonry takes pride in performing detailed post-winter chimney inspections because we want to find any damage that needs repairing to ensure the safety of your fireplace and chimney. Of course, we seriously examine every part of your chimney; however, there are specific repairs we are looking for, including the following:
Damaged or deteriorated masonry – Loose bricks and chipped mortar on the exterior of your chimney are sure signs of water penetration damage, and this alerts us to the possibility of water leaking inside your chimney that creates even more damage to its interior. If this masonry damage goes unrepaired, you will end up with costly repair work, including a possible rebuild of your entire chimney.
Cracks in the chimney cap – Your chimney cap serves as protection from both water and animal intrusions of your chimney. We can repair cracks and other damage to chimney caps as well as install new caps if the existing caps are beyond repairing.
Cracks and holes in the chimney flue liner – Water leaks can cause serious damage to the liner of your chimney that can endanger your family’s health. A deteriorating flue liner allows toxic gases like carbon monoxide to leak into your home. Repairing or replacing a damaged chimney flue liner will keep those gases exiting out of your chimney instead of infiltrating the interior air of your home.
Portland Chimney Repair – Service Area
Located right here in Oregon, our Portland chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney repair, fireplace installation and dryer vent care in the Greater Portland-Metro area. From NE Portland down to SE Portland, Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry! We are the most trusted Portland Chimney Repair company!
Ready To Make A Chimney Sweep Appointment?
To schedule an appointment with one of our expert chimney repair technicians, please call 503-644-0393. With over 19,000 satisfied customers since 1989, we are ready for more! We look forward to visiting with you soon about your fireplace and chimney sweep needs.