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Cleaning your chimney system can often be an overlooked part of routine maintenance of your house since you typically only use your fireplace for a few months out of the year. It is still just as important to have your chimney system inspected and cleaned annually, as with any other component of your house. There are several factors to take into consideration as to why you should have one of our chimney sweep professionals take a look at your chimney. Different kinds of fuel types can have different effects on your chimney, as well as other burning sources such as different kinds of woods. However, if you are using wood as a primary burning source, we recommend that you have your chimney system cleaned once every six to twelve months. If you burn green-colored wood or more than two cords of wood, it is suggested that you should have your chimney cleaned more often as these circumstances have differentiating effects on the whole burning system. If you use a chimney system that burns any kind of oils, they are more susceptible to blockages and need to be maintained regularly to prevent any ventilation problems. If your chimney system has a problem with excessive amounts of soot, this could be an issue with the boiler or furnace. Natural gas can generate specific problems, even though it is considered to be a clean-burning fuel. Gas furnaces that use natural gas as a heating source are likely to produce high levels of water vapor causing condensation, and these water vapors contain chlorides that combine with the air supplied by your home. It can cause a hydrochloric acid-infused water vapor throughout your house and is very hazardous to you and your home. During the cleaning process, any one of our skilled chimney sweep professionals can identify problems that you might be experiencing with your chimney system and we can assist you in any repairs that may need to be made. To avoid any repairs, we highly recommend that you have your chimney system properly cleaned at least once a year by someone at Bob Davis Chimney Sweep.
While Chimney Sweeps have been around for as long as we can remember, few people are suited to the occupation due to the dangers and "unclean" nature of the work. For these reasons, we ensure that our highly skilled professionals undergo the most appropriate training possible to gain the greatest amount of experience in all aspects of their job. There are many things that our chimney sweepers are required to do on the job. They must remove any blockages, remove soot and creosote build-up inside the chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and around the damper. Our professionals provide you with a very intense cleansing of your entire chimney system to ensure that you have a safer burning operation inside your home. If there is any amount of creosote deposits hanging out in your chimney, you are putting yourself at a higher risk for poor burning practices creating the possibility for chimney fires and an unhealthy, smoke-filled environment for yourself and your family. Another potential effect of creosote deposits is a reduced draw of your chimney, causing less efficiency.