How We Sweep a Flue, Step-by-Step:
In general we seek not
only to remove creosote and soot deposits, but also to confirm all
chimney or wood stove components are in full working order.
We begin by checking up
the flue from hearth, as well as down from the top, if possible, to
determine the extent of the creosote deposit.
We also check the flue
for broken or damaged bricks or clay flue liners, as well as any
evidence of a prior flue fire.
Additionally, we look
for any debris or obstructions that may restrict air flow in the flue
or liner, and if we find any we remove it.
We check the firebox in
the hearth for cracks, damaged bricks and missing or crumbling
We open the damper
completely to ensure it moves freely and fits snugly against the
We use a high-powered
flashlight to check the damper assembly for cracks and oxidation.
We take measurements to ensure the ratio of the opening at the top of
the chimney and the hearth are consistent with requirements for proper drafting.
We ensure customers get
proper advice regarding the use of ash-pits.
We have the capacity
and tools to sweep the flue or liner from “below” (inside the
house), or from “above” (from the roof), and leave it to the
technician's best judgment to determine the best approach in each
We seal the hearth and
protect the room with plastic tarps before physically sweeping dangerous
creosote (i.e., deposits greater than 1/8 inch thick) with segmented
rods and dedicated brush heads.
We complete the sweep
by cleaning the heating unit and all venting components (for wood
stoves), and thoroughly cleaning the firebox, damper, smoke shelf and
smoke chamber (for open fire places); we use specialized segmented
rods, brushes and scoops, in addition to a high-powered,
multi-filter, vacuum designed to contain the very fine particulates
contained in soot and ash.
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