Chimney Sweeping | Certified Chimney Cleaning
Having a regular Chimney Sweep is a necessary part of smart home maintenance. Every year, more than $200 million in property damage and countless injuries happen in homes where the chimneys weren’t properly maintained.
Fireplaces (as well as boilers, furnaces and hot water heaters) add creosote and other flammable substances and obstructions to a chimney, making it potentially dangerous.
Fortunately, there’s a solution, a Chimney Sweep!
Chimney Sweep Inc. of Lakeside, CA, has been helping San Diego-area homeowners keep their chimneys clean and safe since 1985. Here’s how we can help you.
What Is Creosote?
Creosote is a substance that forms when smoke condenses in a chimney flue.
It can be puffy, solid or sticky in form, and it’s the cause of most chimney fires reported each year in the U.S.
How Does Chimney Sweeping Work?
Our chimney sweep technicians use a variety of specialized tools, such as chimney sweep rods, brushes, scrubbers and industrial vacuums to remove creosote from chimneys. Since our inception, we’ve performed more than 40,000 chimney sweeping jobs.
Although our technicians encounter a lot of dust and soot, your home won’t. We’re extra careful to safeguard the work areas so nothing in your home becomes dirty or dusty during the process, which usually takes about an hour and a half.
Carbon Monoxide Concerns
A chimney that isn’t cleaned regularly can cause problems beyond a fire. One of the most serious problems is carbon monoxide.
When a chimney flue is obstructed with built-up creosote, drafting is impeded. This means that smoke and carbon monoxide can easily back up into the air you breathe. Carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, but breathing it can cause severe health problems and even be fatal.
What You Need To Know About Chimney Fires
Not all chimney fires are big and obvious. The fact is, many chimney fires start and go out on their own without anyone in the home being aware of them. But regardless of the size of the fire, damage can be done to the chimney liner, the chimney masonry and parts of the home near the chimney.
Be aware of these signs of a chimney fire:
- Strange tapping or clicking noises
- A rumbling sound like from a train
- Chunks of charred material falling into the firebox
- Large amounts of dark smoke coming from either end of the chimney
If you notice any of these signs, call 911 immediately and leave the house.
Other Reasons To Call a Chimney Sweep
Our technicians are experts at removing creosote. We’re also experts at cleaning out debris that has gotten into chimney flues. Common debris includes:
- Tree leaves and twigs
- The nests of birds, squirrels and other small animals
- The animals themselves when they die inside a chimney
These obstructions will narrow the flue passage and can cause smoke and carbon monoxide to back up into the home.
When we sweep a chimney, we also perform a basic Level 1 chimney inspection, which covers all readily accessible areas of the chimney system.
If we spot problems, we’ll inform you so you can get them fixed quickly.
Chimney Sweeping in Southern California
When it’s time for a professional chimney sweep, Chimney Sweep Inc. is here to help.
We’re your local chimney experts in Lakeside CA, Oceanside CA, and the greater San Diego CA, area. We serve Coronado CA, Escondido CA, La Mesa CA, and San Clemente CA, along with North Park CA, Alpine CA, Solana Beach CA, and other communities throughout East San Diego County.
Speak with a chimney and fireplace expert today at (619) 593-4020 or request an appointment online.