Your fireplace and chimney are two of the most important features of your home; both functionally and aesthetically. McSweepy’s can assist you in keeping them looking and working their absolute best for years to come. We offer a full range of comprehensive maintenance services, and all of our employees are certified professionals.
“The leading factor (25%) contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.” – National Fire Protection Association
It is important to remember that a fireplace can be a danger if it is not properly maintained, so scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk.
Chimney Sweeping 101
McSweepy’s professional chimney sweep will arrive at your property on-time and ready to work. Our end goal is to leave you with a safe, clean chimney without making a mess inside your home. We accomplish this in three easy steps:
- Clean chimney with the brushes best suited to appliance and chimney
- Removal of creosote and ashes from appliance
- Use high-powered vacuum to capture all dirt and dust before it enters the home
Gas or Oil Flues and Chimneys
At McSweepy’s, the safety of your family is our primary concern. We recommend annual safety inspections be performed on your gas or oil flues, so that soot deposits or debris blockage do not lead to carbon monoxide building to dangerous levels. Our professional technicians clean your fireplace from chimney top to hearth, and keep a sharp eye out for safety hazards and moisture deterioration. When our technician is confident that you are safe, and up to code, they can discuss our full range of fireplace products and services with you.
Chimney Cleaning Chemicals
We, at McSweepy’s, are asked all the time about chimney cleaning chemicals. First, we want to stress our opinion that chimney maintenance is best done by professionals performing annual inspections and mechanical sweeping.
So, do the chemicals work? Well, chimney cleaning chemicals are by no means new to the industry. In fact, chemical products are sometimes used in conjunction with mechanical cleaning by chimney sweeps. Our professional staff may use certain chemicals to change the chemical composition of hard, tacky creosote layers into a brittle, powdery layer that is far easier to remove. So, the answer to the question is yes, but there are more things to consider before dumping chemicals down your chimney.
Can I use them instead of calling a chimney sweep? This question requires a more complex answer than whether the chemicals actually work or not. Obviously, anyone could simply rely on chemicals to do the work in the hopes of saving money, but this could be a dangerous path to take for you, your family, and your home. Chimney inspections, performed by a McSweepy’s professional, can reveal hidden structural issues that could potentially be hazardous, and mechanical sweeping removes the resulting loose soot and creosote from the appliance that could cause problems later on. It is also important to remember that most chimneys do not provide a straight path from the firebox to the outside, so if the chemicals work well and debris is loosened to fall down the chimney it will still have to be removed from the smoke shelf, baffle, catalytic combustor, or offset to ensure the chimney functions properly. That means a chimney sweep is still needed to get the job done right, so why waste your time cleaning up after chemicals? Contacting McSweepy’s will save you time, reduce your stress levels, and keep your family and home safe from fire and chemical exposure.
Chimney Maintenance and Repair
Your chimney is an important part of your home’s heating system and will require regular maintenance. If a chimney is not well-maintained it can become a hazard, and your heating system will be much less efficient.
Believe it or not, many different types of animals may try to take up residence in your chimney. Raccoons, squirrels, birds, rodents, and many more see your chimney as a safe, enclosed nesting space. This may seem harmless, but animals can do a great deal of damage to the structure of a fireplace, so removing them is the best solution for both homeowner and the animal. We offer a Raccoon-Proof Stainless Steel Chimney Cap that will keep all the freeloaders off your property!
The internal piece of your chimney that carries exhaust from the fireplace to the outside is known as the flue. Flues can become damaged or even blocked over time and through regular use. This is where creosote buildup occurs, so most house fires related to chimneys begin there. McSweepy’s will clean, repair, or replace your flue to ensure your safety and minimize the risk of potential fires.
Firebox Repointing and Rebuilding
The firebox is the real heart of the fireplace. It is the brick area where the actual fire is built. Made of brick and mortar, fireboxes are constructed to be sturdy and long-lasting. But, over time the mortar may begin to crack, and need to be repaired by a process called repointing. This will keep your firebox in good condition, and prevent excessive heat from starting a fire. Contact McSweepy’s today if you think your firebox needs some help, and we will have you back up to code compliance with our fast and friendly service!
Crown and Cap Repair
The top of your chimney is not something you probably think of as important, and you more than likely have not looked at it closely more than a few times. Yet, the crown and cap of your chimney are exposed to the elements at all times. A properly constructed crown, along with a stainless steel chimney cap, can prevent animal intrusions and damaging water penetration. We carry stainless steel chimney caps that are available in copper and black.
A damper is what closes the flue to your fireplace when you are not using it. It keeps the air conditioning inside during the warm days of summer, and the heat from escaping in the cold days of winter. McSweepy’s can repair or replace old dampers, and save you money on your heating and cooling costs!
- Masonry Repairs
- Firebox Rebuilds
- Fireplace Cleaning
- Clean Out Door Installation
- Gutter Cleaning
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Chimney Liners
- Blocked Chimneys
- Chimney Rebuilds
- Chimney Caps
- Chimney Cracks