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Frequently Asked Questions About Chimney Sweeps

Homeowners like to know as much about their house as possible. That’s why we decided to put together this list of frequently asked questions about chimney sweeps. We’ll start at the basics and move right along to when to schedule your annual cleaning. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

Chimney Sweeping and Inspections in Buena Vista, ColoradoFirst, what is a sweep and inspection?

Let’s break each of those two components down individually. First, a chimney sweep is a process of cleaning your chimney. We’ll talk more about what they clean shortly. More often than not, during our visit your FlameMaster Chimney Sweep technician will also perform an inspection. Here, they will visually review all of the physical components of your chimney, its structure, and correlating components.

How often does my chimney need to be cleaned?

Generally speaking, a homeowner should be good with an annual chimney cleaning.

There are always exceptions, depending on what has been burned in the firebox. However, a cleaning will remove creosote from your flue.

So what is creosote?

Creosote is a black, sticky, tar-like substance that is a natural by-product of burning wood. It’s organic and becomes a problem if the homeowner frequently burns unseasoned wood.

Can I burn anything in my fireplace?

We don’t recommend burning anything except for seasoned wood and starter kindling such as smaller logs or newspaper. Seasoned wood is wood that has been allowed to dry out for at least six months, lacking the green “freshly cut” coloration.

Unseasoned wood will lead to faster creosote build-up, and often starter logs include a chemical composition you don’t want to bring into your home.

Is the process of cleaning my chimney messy?

Cleaning a chimney can be messy, which is why we take such careful pride in our work. Our mission is to minimize any (if not all) risks of mess, and why most homeowners should rely on a professional for assistance with their annual cleaning.

What’s that smell coming from my chimney?

The answer to this question has many possibilities. It could be excessive creosote build-up, it could be a mustiness from mold, or it could be animal-based. Any unnatural or unpleasant smell is a reason for an off-schedule inspection.

Do gas-powered fireplaces need to be inspected too?

In a word, yes. While the likelihood of creosote build-up is minimal, the physical chimney structure should be evaluated annually. This helps to prevent any water-based damage to your chimney and other parts of your home.

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What if I have a missing chimney cap?

Simply put, you need to have a chimney cap as it will keep unwanted animals and debris out of your chimney. You should get it replaced ASAP.

When is the best time for a chimney sweep and inspection?

Generally speaking, the best time for a chimney sweep and inspection is in the spring and summer. If you experience problems at any time, let us know right away.

You can get in touch with the team at FlameMaster Chimney Sweep LLC by giving us a call at (719)-661-3277 or simply by sending us a quick message and callback request.