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Is It Time To Have Your Chimney Or Furnace Flue Cleaned?

It’s easy to forget about your chimney and furnace flue until you’re ready to light a fire in your fireplace or crank up the heat. Did you know that, according to Federal Requirements “all chimneys,  fireplaces, and heating units shall be inspected once a year?” The reason for that being that, even if you had your chimney or furnace flue inspected last year, the burning, freezing, thawing, settling, and water damage that can occur as a result of the elements, expansion and contraction from the heat/cool cycling can rapidly or a chimney fire can quickly turn a safe chimney system into an unsafe one.

 

But if you live in the greater Vancouver area, you can count on our premier, full-service chimney professionals to make your annual chimney clean and maintenance plan simple and mess-free for you and your family.

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What Is Included In A Chimney Or Furnace Flue Cleaning?

At Santa’s Chimney Services, we take every chimney clean very seriously, as if we were servicing our own home. Our expertly WETT certified chimney sweeps trained start by inspecting your chimney and looking for creosote buildup and soot inside of your flue. Each sweep includes a WETT Level 1 visual inspection.   Once you system has been inspected and is ready for a sweep, here is what happens.

 

We put drop cloths down in the surrounding area in front of your fireplace or appliance. For fireplaces, we seal off the bottom 2/3 of the fireplace opening and install our vacuum hose. Our shopvac is heavy duty which has a secondary HEPA filtration system as well as fine filter bag. NO DUST. NO MESS. When we are ready to sweep, we turn on the vacuum to create negative pressure in the fireplace and insert our rotary sweeping head and rods.

 

Once at the top of the chimney flue, with the use of a drill, we rotate the rods and sweeping head in an up and down motion. We reverse the direction of rotation as well to ensure all corners of the flue are cleaned. When we reach the bottom of the flue, we remove the rotary head. The smoke shelf and firebox are brushed and vacuumed. Fireplace inserts and wood stoves have the same sweeping process, except the baffles inside are removed and the firebox is swept and vacuumed. The firebrick and baffle are inspected.

 

If they need to be replaced, we can do that, too. We take great pride in maintaining a clean home throughout our chimney and furnace flue sweeping service, so you can put your worries to rest.

Scheduling your Chimney Clean In The Spring Has Its Perks!

One question homeowner’s often have regarding chimney and furnace flue cleaning, aside from “Will it be messy?” is “When should I schedule a chimney or furnace flue cleaning?” While we’re happy to provide the service any time of year, here are 5 reasons to have your chimney cleaned during the spring:

  • Creosote is highly acidic. When water comes in contact with it, sulpuric acid is created. Your wood burning system should be swept as soon as possible after your last fire of the burning season.

  • Catch problems early, before you need to use your fireplace or stove.

  • Prevent smelly creosote odors from filling your home throughout the year.

  • Shorter wait for an appointment.

  • Peace of mind.

For The Best Chimney Cleaning Service In The Greater Vancouver Area... Call SANTA’S !!

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