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Inspection & Sweeping

Absolute mess-free cleaning! Our sweeps take every precautionary measure to ensure that our sweeping is completely mess free. Following meticulous steps, using high grade runners and triple motor vacuum systems with triple layer HEPA filters to capture all soot particulates, we guarantee a mess free sweep every time.

Using special brushes on extendable rods, we sweep the flue from the firebox all the way up to the very top of the chimney. After completion of the flue sweep, your firebox, smoke chamber and smoke shelf will be swept with handheld brushes. A typical chimney sweeping removes regular soot deposits and Stage 1 creosote which is flaky or crusty in appearance.

Chimney Sweep cleaning a chimney

Scheduling Tips

Chimney Sweep cleaning chimney

Two words: supply and demand. Our “busy season” begins shortly after Labor Day and runs straight through the holidays and into February. Scheduling a chimney sweep and/or inspection during this time frame may push your appointment date out by two to four weeks. For this reason we recommend making an appointment outside of our “busy season”. This insures a more timely appointment and more flexibility of schedule availability.

Preparation

  1. Do not burn a fire for 24 hours prior to your appointment. Your chimney needs to be completely cooled before we can perform and sweep or inspection. In the event that you have burned a fire past the 24 hour time frame, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  2. Our technicians need at least a 6 foot perimeter around the fireplace to perform the sweep and/or inspection. Please remove items within this perimeter to insure that fragile items stay safe from breakage.
  3. Our office will contact you 48 hours before to remind you of your appointment and time of arrival.

Creosote Removal

Fireplaces and wood burning appliances are designed to safely contain wood-fuel fires, while providing heat for a home. The chimney’s job is to expel the by-products of combustion – the substances produced when burning wood. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals. As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove, and flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The resulting residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called creosote.

Creosote can be black or brown in appearance. There are three stages to creosote. Stage 1: crusty, flaky or a dust like appearance. Stage 2: Appears as tar-like, drippy and sticky. Stage 3: shiny and hardened in appearance. It is not uncommon for all types to occur in one chimney system. Whatever form it takes, creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire. Certain conditions encourage the buildup of creosote. Restricted air supply, unseasoned wood and cooler than normal chimney temperatures are all factors that can accelerate the buildup of creosote on chimney flue walls. Restricting the air supply to your fireplace by closing the glass doors or by failing to open the damper wide enough can prevent the movement of heated smoke to rapidly exit the chimney.

The longer the smoke’s “residence time” in the flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form. A wood stove’s air supply can be limited by closing down the stove damper or air inlets too soon or too much. Burning unseasoned wood contributes to creosote buildup because so much energy is used initially just to drive off the water trapped in the cells of the logs. This keeps the resulting smoke cooler, than if seasoned wood is used. In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup.

Creosote in a Stove Pipe can be a fire hazard

Reviews From Our Customers

One word, amazing! I have never used a company that exceeded my expectations until I used Chim Chimney. Everyone was so friendly. The technicians even took time to interact with my children. The service was excellent, but the staff made them amazing!

Beth S.

Nashville, TN

We used Chim Chimney to clean our dryer vent a couple of times each year. After using another company with less than mediocre service, it was nice to find such a respectable company. The technicians are pleasant and never leave a mess. We have been using them for years and will continue to do so.

Danny P.

Franklin, TN

Very thorough. They left no stones unturned. Job was delivered as promised. And better than I anticipated. We are more than pleased with the work they performed.

John J.

Franklin, TN

We were overly pleased with the work that your company provided! The staff was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. It was a pleasant experiences from the scheduling , all the way to the repairs on our chimney were complete. We are enjoying our fireplace for the first time in 11 years! Thank you for incredible service!

Melinda V.

Old Hickory, TN

I have been using Chim Chimney for years. I call on them every year to clean and inspect my chimney. I have yet to have a bad experience. They are very personable and always on time. Definitely a pleasure!

Amanda B.

Mt. Juliet, TN

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