How to Spring Clean Your Chimney


You have been seeing more flowers blooming, hearing more birds chirping, and noticing more signs of spring arriving each day. Many people also deep clean and maintain their homes during the spring. One of the most important annual home maintenance tasks is cleaning your chimney. You may be looking to save money by taking on this task on your own. However, the national experts in the chimney and fireplace industry, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), strongly suggest hiring a professional certified chimney sweep to do this job for you. Ace Chimney Sweeps is proud to provide professional chimney maintenance services to the residents of the Elkton, MD area. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected, as well as about what you can expect from your appointment with us.

Why is it so important to have my chimney professionally cleaned?

The reason why it is strongly recommended to let professionals take care of this annual maintenance task is creosote. Creosote is a compound that develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood. As the byproducts of combustion exit, they leave behind a residue that sticks to the inside of the flue. Over the winter season, creosote can accumulate into large deposits, which could lead to hazardous situations. This residue is so highly flammable that it can be easily ignited if the internal temperature of your chimney gets hot enough, which is why the CSIA has named creosote as a leading cause of chimney fires. To be sure your chimney does not contain creosote, you should schedule an appointment for a professional chimney sweeping and inspection at least once a year.

What can I expect from a chimney maintenance visit from Ace Chimney Sweeps?

Our CSIA-certified sweeps will ensure your home is spotless upon completion of our job. We protect the area by laying down tarps and drop cloths and blocking the opening of the fireplace. While sweeping your chimney, we will be using specialized tools for the job, including a high-powered vacuum and a variety of rotating brushes on extended rods to break loose all the creosote deposits from the inner chimney walls. After we have swept your chimney, we will perform a professional inspection to ensure that all of the creosote has been removed and that nothing is blocking the flue. We will also take a look at the exterior of your chimney to make certain there is no masonry damage. If we find any problems, we will give you a written estimate with photographs of the damage.

Spring cleaning your chimney is easy. All you have to do is contact us at Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney maintenance services.



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