Chimney Sweep Services

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Yearly chimney inspections are a necessity to keep any chimney operating safely and efficiently. Vonderhaar offers not only inspections, but a chimney sweep to keep your chimney looking and operating great. Your chimney should be swept at least once a year, regardless of usage or any other factors involved. It will help for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. It’s possible that the chimney could have unsafe deterioration, and sweeping the chimney will help avoid unwanted fires from fuel buildup. This fuel buildup can also be acidic and shorten the life of the fireplace overall.

When you schedule a chimney sweep with Vonderhaar, the first thing we do is inspect the chimney and surrounding area for things like the aforementioned fuel buildup and deterioration. These are the two biggest things we look for whether the chimney is relatively new or years old. Once a sweep is needed, we use the best and most efficient tools and products on the market to help with the chimney sweep. We use wire or poly brushes for metal liners as well as attaching connector rods that clean the whole flue. We always lay down tarps to protect the carpet throughout the cleaning as well. Our soot sweeper stays on from beginning to end to make sure that clean, filtered air is returned to the room. Ashes and debris can damage your filter, so we take extra precautions to avoid that.

It may be necessary to use a chimney sweep service more than once a year. If you use certain types of wood, or burn wood more often, chances are this is the case. Older, uncertified stoves can also use more than one sweep a year. If your fireplace smells, regardless of the season, then you may have creosote deposits in the chimney. A good sweeping will help this, but not immediately or completely. You can use commercial chimney deodorants, kitty litter, or even sitting soda inside the fireplace as well.

Even if you heat with gas, it’s still important to have your chimney checked to ensure nothing is blocking the flue. Gas is generally a clean burning fuel, but a good inspection (and possible chimney sweep) can’t hurt. The last thing you want is a chimney fire that could have been easily prevented with a quick inspection and sweep.

Vonderhaar is committed to helping you enjoy a safe, well-maintained, properly working product. Be sure to call us today and schedule your chimney sweep!

Chimney Cleaning Inspection:

To help prevent fire hazards, we offer yearly chimney inspections. It’s better to stop problems before they happen, and highly recommend a complete examination of the chimney, fireplace, and all components. This will ensure any damage or deterioration is discovered and evaluated on the spot. Once the evaluation is complete, we recommend fixes to prevent a chimney fire (nobody wants that). Proper fireplace and wood stove maintenance are key to full enjoyment of your product, and we’d like to help you achieve maximum enjoyment from having a well-maintained, safe, properly working product.

Chimney Sweep Cincinnati:

You need a chimney sweep if your flue has buildup during inspection. Buildup happens when your chimney isn’t swept regularly, and the heavy buildup of creosote (a highly combustible material that can ignite) can cause a flue fire. It’s a good idea to sweep a chimney with wire or poly brushes for metal liners as well as attaching connector rods that clean the whole flue. Custom sizing and tarps laid down ensure that whether it’s clay tile or metal liner, your carpet is protected throughout the cleaning. Our soot sweeper stays on from beginning to end making sure all dust and soot is inside the machine and returning clean, filtered air to the room. Any ashes or debris that would have potentially damaged your filter. In addition, we use smaller poly or wire bristle handheld brushes to clean the smoke chamber, damper areas, and firebox.

Chimney Fire Facts

Improper maintenance or lack of any upkeep of your woodstove or fireplace can lead to chimney fires. Creosote deposits igniting is the number one cause of this. Creosote from wood burning needs cleaned out regularly to avoid this. If you have more than a quarter inch of creosote lining the inner chimney walls, you have a certified fire hazard.

Prevention:

The best way to prevent chimney fires is to have a professional chimney sweep Cincinnati based company come out to clean them at least once a year. If you use certain types of wood or burn wood more often, then it may be more than once a year. If you have an older, uncertified stove, then you may also need to clean it or have it cleaned more than once a year. With these tips in mind, a fully clean and safe chimney will ensure your enjoyment of it for years to come.

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep FAQ

How often should I have my chimney swept?
This is a tricky question to answer, but the general consensus is you should do a chimney sweep at least once a year, regardless of usage or any other factors involved. It will help for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Even if you don’t use your chimney much, it is possible that animals can build nests inside the flue, or the chimney could have unsafe deterioration. A good chimney sweep will help you avoid unwanted fires from fuel buildup that can also be acidic and shorten the life of the fireplace.

Why does my fireplace smell, regardless of season?
This is due to creosote deposits in the chimney. Creosote deposits come from woodburning. A good sweeping will help, but won’t solve the problem immediately or completely. Use commercial chimney deodorants, kitty litter, or even soda set in the fireplace as well.

What if I heat with gas? Should I have that chimney be checked as well?
Absolutely! It is still important to make sure nothing is blocking the flue, even though gas is generally a clean burning fuel.

Does my chimney need a liner?
Yes! You must have a liner that is able to contain materials of combustion.

Does my chimney liner need to be insulated?
Insulation is always a good idea anywhere, but especially essential outside, where condensation or moisture can be an issue.

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