Many People Call Patriot Chimneys and wonder if their Chimney needs to be swept and how often a Chimney Cleaning is necessary. The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don’t use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.
There isn’t a simple rule of thumb on how often to clean your chimney, such as cleaning after a certain number of uses or a specific period of time. The problem is, creosote can form when wood doesn’t completely burn. A smoky fire without enough oxygen emits lots of un-burned tar vapors that can condense inside the fireplace flue and stick to it, possibly leading to a chimney fire. Your flue needs to be cleaned professionally to remove this creosote buildup. Our technicians know how to verify your chimney meets building code requirements, check for deterioration or venting problems, and are able to advise you regarding your chimney’s current condition.
The Patriot Chimneys Quality of Excellence
Our certified Chimney professionals are dedicated to providing the highest quality Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Repair and Fireplace Repair Services at reasonable prices to provide your family with peace of mind in the colder months.
Our goal is to surpass your expectations of the Chimney industry by providing superior customer service from our team of Chimney experts. We build trust by keeping in contact with clients until they become truly satisfied Patriot Customers.
At Patriot Chimneys we make our customers a priority by not only our paramount attention to detail, but also by providing a safe and respectable work environment inside your home. Before our team of Chimney Technicians begin any work we educate our customers on the entire process to ensure their are no inconveniences or hidden fees encountered for our customers.
Signs Your Chimney Should Be Cleaned
It’s recommended that a minimum of once per year your Chimney should be cleaned by a certified Chimney Professionals. Patriot Chimneys advises our customers how use their Chimneys more than the average consumer that theirs be cleaned prior to the start of the Winter Months and also midway through the expected cold months. In Texas we know that the weather changes drastically so always feel free to discus with our Team of Chimney experts if you’re in need of additional cleanings.
Here are some of the most common signs your Chimney needs to be cleaned by a Chimney Sweep Technician:
- Hard time starting or maintaining fires
- Smelling a strong odor from Fireplace or Chimney
- Noticing Greasy Black Soot or Creosote
- Building up of smoke while burning wood
- Having a damper or flue in bad working condition
- Hearing Animals or Birds inside the walls
If you have noticed any of these signs please do not use your Chimney or Fireplace until it’s been properly cleaned an inspected by an expert Chimney technician at Patriot Chimneys.