Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is a “chimney sweep”?
A:  A chimney sweep performs three basic functions when called upon to service a chimney system.  First, the sweep performs a thorough chimney clean.  After the chimney cleaning process, the sweep performs a complete visual inspection of the chimney and heating system.  The sweep also takes steps to educate the consumer on the proper use of their heating and chimney system.  Chimney sweeps are called upon on a regular basis to inspect chimney systems for the sale of a home, to document an insurance claim or to repair a chimney system to bring it up to safe working standards.

Q:  How is a chimney cleaned?
A: When one of our certified sweeps arrives, he/she will tarp the work area and assist you in moving items out of the area.  The chimney will then be evaluated for it’s condition to see if a chimney cleaning is in order.  A special dust collection vacuum will run during the cleaning process.  The damper will be removed if possible and the flue cleaned from the roof or from the appliance opening.  If the unit is a fireplace, the smoke shelf and smoke chamber will be cleaned.  The firebox is cleaned by hand, all debris is removed and the damper is re-installed.
There is a possibility that tar or glazed creosote will be present in the chimney, and this cannot be removed by a regular chimney cleaning.  There are several ways in which glazed creosote can be removed, and we will inform you of the options and quote you a price if this type of creosote removal is needed.

Q:  Will there be a mess in my house after the chimney cleaning is over?
A: NO! We use special equipment and professional high-powered vacuums to ensure that no soot enters your living space during the chimney cleaning or chimney inspection. . Our technicians use the upmost care to be certain that when they are finished your house is as clean as it was when we arrived.

Q:  Why should I have my chimney waterproofed?
A: Waterproofing is the best preventative chimney maintenance you can give the exterior of your chimney against premature aging and expensive repairs.

Q:  Does my chimney need servicing or an annual inspection?
A: National Fire Protection Code 211 requires an annual chimney inspection of all chimney systems.  Here’s why it is important to have a chimney inspection:  In a wood-burning system, incomplete combustion results in unburned residue which rises in the chimney as part of the smoke.  The residue  is deposited on the inside of the chimney walls, presenting a major fire hazard to the home.  Gas and oil flues should also be checked on an annual basis for any soot deposits or debris blockage, which could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning. A chimney professional can perform a chimney inspection and chimney cleaning to eliminate these dangers.

Q:  Why should I have a cap on my chimney?
A: Caps prevent animals from nesting in your chimney.  Squirrels, raccoons and birds are the most common chimney invaders.  Nesting is a serious fire hazard and can cause smoke or carbon monoxide vapors to back up into your home.  Animals entering into your home through the chimney can do extensive damage to your furniture, drapes and carpet while trying to find an escape.
Caps also prevent dangerous sparks from exiting the flue and landing on your roof.  In addition, rain can damage metal fireboxes and dampers.  It can also erode mortar joints, causing the chimney to weaken.  For rain protection, a top-quality rain cover is the solution.  A stainless steel model gives lifetime protection from moisture damage. Guardian Chimney can perform a chimney inspection to see if any animals are nesting in your chimney, and then we can install a properly fitting chimney cap.

Q:  If I am missing a brick on my chimney, is it necessary to get it repaired?
A:  Yes.  Loose or missing bricks and chimney deterioration can be symptomatic of a major problem.  In many cases, minor repairs done early will save on huge repair bills later.  In all cases, you should get a chimney inspection so this condition can be checked by a professional immediately to avert the dangers of fire hazard or structural failure. Call Guardian Chimney any time you need a chimney cleaning or chimney inspection.

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