Every home in Odessa is dependent on a venting system or chimney that works properly. If the chimney or venting system doesn’t work as they are supposed to, the heating system, therefore, will not work as well. A dirty chimney has a huge potential to damage the chimney structure and its components by way of a creosote chimney fire. A chimney fire can also put you and your family at risk for loss of property and or loss of life. A regular professional chimney sweep in Odessa, TX and inspection is the best place to begin if you are looking to achieve a safer, more efficient chimney system.
Stoves & Inserts with approved chimney systems (new or old construction; wood, pellet or gas)
Zero-clearance with approved chimney systems Gas logs, Custom glass doors, Mantels (shelf or full faced)
What is the process of cleaning a chimney in Odessa and how messy is it?
We use various size wire and polyurethane brushes with fiberglass rods and quick connects to clean the chimney flue. We use similar brushes on rods to clean the smoke chamber, located just above and behind the damper system. While this process is in action, we place a special 3 speed vacuum, equipped with a HEPA filtration system and secondary back up filters, in front of the fireplace. This is to ensure all dust and debris stays confined to the firebox. Unlike most of our competitors, we also use our special vacuum and attachments to clean off the smoke shelf located behind the damper. Most chimney owners do not know about the smoke shelf and therefore most sweeps will not clean this area, taking advantage of customers little knowledge of chimney systems and leaving their chimneys only partially cleaned. As always, we guarantee a “NO MESS” chimney cleaning service.
How Often Should You Hire A Pro For A Chimney Sweep?
What we recommend:
It is recommended that your chimney is cleaned and inspected according to the NFPA’s annual rule. Typically, if you burn more than a cord of wood per season, you will need to have your chimney cleaned out once a year. There are many factors that can affect how often your chimney should be cleaned. If you are using softer woods, such as pine or cedar, you will dirty your fireplace faster than you would using hard woods, such as hickory or oak. If you are burning “unseasoned” wood ( freshly cut timber that has not had sufficient time to completely dry out) your chimney can collect a glazing, we call this by product “glazed-on” or 3rd stage creosote.
What is Glazed-on creosote?
Glazed-on creosote is highly flammable and very difficult to remove from the chimney flue. Therefore, in extreme cases of glazing, very expensive chemical treatments may be required along with multi-phase cleanings, to remove the glazing from the liners. Another option to remedy the problem, which can be expensive as well, is to re-line the chimney with new liners. In minor or spotty cases of glazing, you may be able to use a self-use crystallized powdered treatment, during the use of your fireplace. Our sweep will let you know if you have any of this type of build up and to what extent at the time of cleaning. If the case is extreme, we do not recommend burning your fireplace, until the issue is resolved.