Certified Chimney Sweeping
The National Fire Protection Association established code 211 (which outlines the safe and proper installation, inspection, and maintenance of chimneys, fireplaces, vents and solid fuel burning appliances) to keep standards high within the industry. The code states that all chimneys, venting systems and heating appliances should be professionally inspected each year and swept as needed.
A lot of thought has been put into minimizing the risk that comes with having a fire inside your home, and a lot of effort has been put into training technicians to uphold these standards. Our expert sweeps follow the well-defined practices established in NFPA code 211 every time, so you can be confident in the services we provide.
The technicians at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney are nationally certified by the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and we know the needs of the Colorado homeowner. Our company has been servicing chimneys in Evergreen and the surrounding areas for 15 years. Our founder, Colorado native Jake Johnson, was even tapped to sweep the White House chimneys in 2006 — so you know that with Mountain Man, you’re getting professionals who perform to the highest standards.
Why You Need To Have Your Chimney Swept Annually
When you use your fireplace or stove, combustion creates harmful gases, smoke and debris. If these byproducts come into contact with a cool flue as they travel up the chimney to vent, condensation is created. Condensation leads to creosote, a deposit that can build up on the walls of your flue. Depending on the circumstances, it might look flaky, puffy, or sticky, but one thing never changes: creosote is highly flammable and you don’t want it building up in your chimney.
During your annual chimney sweeping, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians will remove creosote and other debris from your flue and fireplace and perform a visual inspection to make sure that problems that could impact the chimney’s ability to perform aren’t cropping up.
Once your chimney is swept and inspected, you can breathe easy, knowing that you’ve been proactive about minimizing the possibility of fire hazards or toxic carbon monoxide leaks.
What Is The Chimney Sweeping Process Like?
The CSIA created a helpful and informative video that shows the basic chimney sweeping process.
You can expect your Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians to:
- Prep the work area to ensure that no mess is left in your home
- Inspect the readily-accessible portions of your chimney and fireplace’s interior and exterior
- Use specialized cleaning tools and a special vacuum to remove deposits on the flue liner
- Use hand tools to clean and scrub the smoke chamber, smoke shelf, firebox and fire grate
- Clear the ash in the firebox
- Talk to you about any potential hazards that were found and offer tips on the proper use of your chimney system
To prepare, it’s helpful if you avoid having a fire for 24 hours prior to your sweeping appointment and move any furniture or breakables within six to eight feet of the area where the technicians will be working. If you have pets, it’s a good idea to confine them in another room, too, so that they remain safe and clean. Overall, it generally takes about an hour and a half to complete the process. Once it’s done, you’ll have a clean chimney and a thorough picture of the condition of your system.
If you’re ready to schedule your annual chimney sweeping appointment and live in and around Littleton, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney at 303-679-1601!
An annual chimney inspection is one of the best ways you can prevent major problems from developing in your chimney. Call on us for this and many other services for your fireplace, chimney and vent systems.