First off, there is no mess when The Chimney Pro’s sweep your chimney. In fact, we have YOU inspect our work area when we’re done and sign off that your satisfied there’s no mess, and everything is as clean—or cleaner—than when we arrived.The Chimney Pro’s rotary sweep your chimney system, which removes the creosote build-up the old standard wire brush just can’t get off. During a chimney cleaning your CSIA Certified Technician is looking for specific things that may be wrong, or prevent your system from working correctly. We rotary clean the liner and smoke chamber, we clean the damper, the firebox, and vacuum the smoke shelf. Oddly enough, “Most” problems with the chimney system don’t affect the performance of the fireplace or chimney and are only discovered when maintenance is performed, or when an event occurs—such as a chimney fire. Don’t think that just because everything is working “OK” that everything is safe. Chimney sweeping and inspections go hand-in-hand; after the system is clean your CSIA Certified Technician will perform a level 2 video inspection of the interior of your chimney.
Don’t trust your safety to some guy with a flashlight doing an inspection, call The Chimney Pro’s for the best chimney sweep and video inspection service in the Twin Cities!
All fireplaces have some odor, it smells like a fire… A campfire. Typically, this is normal, in fact, isn’t this why everyone likes a fire? We like to watch the flames, enjoy the heat, and experience inside what we normally only can enjoy outside. Whats not normal, is when you are getting a pungent creosote ordor from your fireplace. Creosote stinks, usually it gets worse when the humidity is high or we have had a period of wet rainy weather. In some cases it just doesn’t go away, the smell is so strong it saturates everything in your home. Besides everything stinking, it is not healthy to breath this day in and day out. This is NOT the first warning sign that you should have your Fireplace and Chimney Cleaned, it is the one of the last warning signs. This usually means that you have a serious build-up of second and third stage creosote, it needs to be cleaned and inspected. If this smell is ignored you could be in serious danger of a chimney fire. Don’t wait until the last warning sign before you do some-thing – Do the Smart-Thing and Contact The Chimney Pro’s today!
The Chimney Pro’s standard chimney cleanings includes, at no extra charge, a complete Level 2 Video Inspection by a CSIA Certified Technician. A lot of chimneys are easily accessible and the liner is visible from the top of the chimney. Some chimneys have bends in them, or questionable areas that can’t be seen without a video inspection. Other companies charge extra for pulling out their video camera if there is something they can’t see. The Chimney Pro’s provide this service at no additional charge…. No Suprises!
Chimney fires occur when deposits of carbon and dust (creosote) accumulate in a chimney and are set on fire by sparks or flames from an open fire. The creosote deposits result when wood burns slowly and produces smoke, the smoke condenses on the cool inner surface of the chimney and a layer of creosote forms. Creosote is a highly flammable material. If it ignites at the base of the chimney, it can produce a raging fire that travels up the chimney at extremely high temperatures. Most solid fuels create some kind of soot that builds up in the flue that will eventually catches fire if not maintained. Regular chimney cleaning reduces the risk of fire by removing creosote from your burning unit. Creosote WILL catch fire if allowed to build up–making it dangerous when left unchecked.
Our CSIA certified technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to clean and inspect chimneys of all kinds including; oil, wood, gas, pellet stoves, and any bio-mass system. While cleaning your burning system, we do a systematic 29 point (Level 1) inspection. “After” the cleaning process The Chimney Pro’s do a complete Level 2 video inspection. Our technicians look for any issues that could prevent peak performance, and recommend what is necessary to correct the problems so your system can burn safely and cleanly.
There are three types, or classifications, of creosote.
“Stage 1” creosote is almost like a powder form. It is easily removed by brushing, and can even be brushed off with the stroke of the hand. This is the simplest form of creosote, sometimes referred to as “Soot,” and is the easiest to remove.
“Stage 2” creosote is starting to take form now. This type of creosote is crunchy, looks almost like black foam, and is starting to block the flue. Stage 2 creosote can still be brushed off; however, it sometimes requires a lot of effort to get it off. When stage 2 is real bad, what is known as a power cleaning may be required. This type of creosote is dangerous because it blocks the flue, holding in more heat, and is extremely flammable. Therefore, any chimney with stage 2 build up is prime for a chimney fire.
“Stage 3” creosote is a combination of stage 1 and stage 2 that has been heated enough to cause it to melt. It now looks like black shiny glass, or molasses syrup, and it can be sticky like syrup. This type of creosote is extremely dangerous, very difficult to remove, and WILL cause a chimney fire! It is common to have all three stages of creosote in a chimney that has been neglected, it all needs to be cleaned out and inspected for safety.
Typically, the first two stages of creosote can be removed with a standard chimney cleaning. Stage 2 creosote build up sometimes requires a power cleaning to remove the creosote build-up. Stage 3 creosote can sometimes be removed with a power cleaning, but often requires what is known as a “Chemical Cleaning.” A chemical cleaning is done over the course of 1-3 weeks, depending on how bad the build-up is. One thing to keep in mind, creosote build-up doesn’t just go away without physically removing it-it only gets worse. Having your chimney cleaned and inspected on a regular basis keeps you safe and saves you money in the long run. No matter what shape your chimney is in, The Chimney Pro’s can service your needs.
Having your Chimney Inspected, and cleaned if necessary, by The Chimney Pro’s, is the best way to prevent chimney fires and maintain a safe fireplace/chimney for your family to enjoy.
Timburn Fire Starter–A Brand New Product To Keep You Safe!!!
Here at The Chimney Pro’s we are very excited to carry a NEW product. Over twenty years of working on chimneys we have seen a lot of chimney gimmicks come and go, however, this one finally makes sense. We have started carrying, and selling, a fire starter called “Timburn.” Not only does this product work excellent as a fire starter, it contains chemicals which bond with the creosote that builds up in your chimney between cleanings to greatly reduce the chance of it ever catching fire, therefore, the chance of ever having a chimney fire is greatly reduced. Additionally, using Timburn on a regular basis allows the creosote in your chimney to be removed easier. This product doesn’t eliminate the need to have your chimney cleaned and inspected on a regular basis, it is just another tool in our toolbox that helps keep families safe. Ask the technician that comes to your home for a demonstration on how Timburn Fire Starter can make starting a fire easier, and how it will help protect you and your family from ever experiencing a chimney fire!
Watch a video on how Timburn Firestarter can work for you.
Contact The Chimney Pro’s… Your Minneapolis & St. Paul MN CSIA Certified Chimney Cleaning Professionals!
Note* Video inspections are sometimes not possible due to construction or blockages. If a video inspection cannot be done with the chimney cleaning, a visual Level 1 inspection will be done and the price will be discounted $20.00.