The process of chimney cleaning is often seen as a messy job, and while it can be, chimney technicians have a system in place to protect the areas of your home adjacent to the work area. Covers are placed on the carpet outside the chimney, furniture is covered, and a vacuum is used to sweep away any mess. It's best to leave this job to the experts, as they are certified by the National Chimney Sweep Guild or the Chimney Safety Institute of America. They will inspect and prepare the area for proper cleaning and sweeping, and they will also have a vacuum ready to sweep away any mess.
In-depth inspection and identification of potential weaknesses in the chimney liner (if used) or in the chimney itself is also part of the process. The signs that your chimney needs cleaning aren't always sharp, as you can't easily see inside. Most chimney-related carbon monoxide problems occur due to improper exhaust, which is almost entirely avoidable with regular inspection and cleaning with a chimney sweep. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) promotes annual chimney cleaning no matter how often you use it. Chimney sweeps will start from the chimney and work their way up, start at the roof chimney access and go down, or in some cases, do both.
To ensure that your chimney and chimney system operates safely and efficiently throughout the winter, it's important to schedule an appointment for professional chimney maintenance service annually before lighting the first fire of the year. If you need a chimney sweep, trust a company that has more than a decade of experience cleaning chimneys. At Blue Ridge Chimney Services, we use tools and techniques to clean your chimney while keeping your place spotless. We understand that you don't want your home to look like a disaster after our visit, so we take extra care to make sure that doesn't happen. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), there are more than 20,000 chimney fires each year in the United States alone - so it's important to make sure your chimney is properly maintained.