I Need A Sweeping


I want to know more information about chimney sweeping and vent cleaning before I schedule.
 
> Are your chimney sweeps certified?
> Should my chimney be swept every year?
> What causes buildup of soot & debris in my chimney?
> What is the chimney sweeping process like?
> How can I prepare my home for sweeping?
> How can my dryer vent be a fire hazard?
> Are there any other benefits of cleaning my dryer vent?
> Does Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney install dryer vents?

 

Are your chimney sweeps certified?

Yes. We are nationally certified by the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). Our expert sweeps follow the well-defined practices established in NFPA code 211 every time. 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.

Should my chimney be swept every year?

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.

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.

What causes buildup of soot & debris in my chimney?

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.

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.

Most of the time, the sweeping takes about an hour and a half. 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

How can I prepare my home for sweeping?

  1. Avoid having a fire for 24 hours prior to your sweeping appointment.
  2. Move any furniture or breakables within six to eight feet of the area where the technicians will be working.
  3. If you have pets, it’s a good idea to keep your pets safe in another room.

How can my dryer vent be a fire hazard?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cites Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers Or Washing Machines, which is a study that was released in September 2012. According to this study, almost 17,000 home structure fires involving clothes dryers were reported in 2010, bringing with them 51 deaths, 380 injuries and more than $230 million in property damages. The items that ignited 29 percent of these fires? Dust, fiber or lint. And the leading cause (32 percent of reported fires) was found to be a failure to clean.

Your dryer creates a high degree of heat to sufficiently dry your clothes, and your dryer vent ushers that heated air to the outside of your home. Lint and dust commonly travel along with that hot air, and over time, it can build up inside of your dryer vents. As it accumulates, it can restrict the air flow within the vent, causing the air to heat the built-up lint and debris slowing down its exit. Lint is highly combustible, making this heat incredibly dangerous. The equation is frighteningly clear: combustible materials plus contained, high heat often equals fire.

It’s incredibly important to regularly maintain and inspect your chimney system to avoid fire hazards. But chimney fires certainly aren’t the only home fires we commonly see — dryer vent fires are alarmingly common. Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians can properly clean your dryer vents, removing lint and other deposits all along the vent, and letting the heated air freely and properly flow from your appliance to the outside of your home.

Are there any other benefits of cleaning my dryer vent?

Have you completed a dryer cycle only to find that the clothes are still damp? This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be in the market for a new dryer. A restricted dryer vent isn’t letting the air leave your dryer properly, so the appliance can’t perform the way it should. You may be surprised by how much better your machine will work after the vent is properly cleaned. And by getting the vent cleaned before you start shopping for a new appliance, you might save yourself a considerable amount of money — not to mention the money that will be saved when you’re not paying for inefficiency.

Does Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney install dryer vents?

Was your dryer vent improperly installed? Is it not venting directly to the outside of your home, as it should? Schedule an appointment with Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney — we don’t just clean dryer vents – we install them!

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