Our chimney experts sweep all types of flues, such as furnaces, venting systems, and fireplaces. Any appliance used with fire, whether gas or wood, can cause the same creosote buildup and blockage hazards. It’s important to get a cleaning after your inspection each year. Champion Chimneys offers both in the same visit.
Fireplace Safety Standards
Champion Chimneys adheres to National Fire Protection Association codes. One particular code, NFPA 211, reduces fire hazards by “ensuring the safe removal of flue gases, the proper installation of solid fuel-burning appliances, and the correct construction and installation of chimneys, fireplaces, and venting systems.”
A flue cleaning can prevent a chimney fire. Creosote is a flammable carbon organic compound that can build up and can catch fire, burning to temperatures of over two-thousand degrees. Our chimney sweeps take the following steps when cleaning your chimney flue:
- Remove the chimney cap
- Use a brush that fits snugly inside the chimney
- Scrub vigorously to loosen the creosote buildup
- Rub the steel brush against the inside of the chimney and flue liner
- Vacuum all loose debris
Parts of the flue are often not visible since many codes allow them to be thirty degrees offset. Our experts can use video equipment to check the flue for deposits that may not be seen by the naked eye. There are multiple ways to remove creosote. A rotary clean is just one way to take off crusted creosote. Learn more from our chimney technicians about how we administer flue cleanings.