When wood burns incompletely there are chemicals that are emitted and this is what causes smoke. As the smoke rises through the chimney it cools down and becomes a solid known as soot or creosote. Creosote is a highly combustible material that's in danger of catching fire and should be removed annually by having the chimney swept in order to prevent chimney fires and to keep the chimney and venting system operating at peak performance.
Contrary to popular belief, a chimney is not built to have a fire in it. Your fireplace or wood stove is designed to withstand a fire, most often by including firebrick in its design. The terra cotta flue liners in a masonry chimney can crack at temperatures as low as 200 degrees. Cracked or damaged tile liners then allow creosote to build up inside those cracks, which now leaves the framing structure of your home susceptible to damage in a subsequent fire. Relining the chimney to repair the damage from a chimney fire is an expensive repair that can be avoided through simple maintenance.
Fireplace chimneys and wood stove flues should be inspected annually and swept when necessary. Oil flues that vent your furnace and/or water heater will also need cleaning to remove soot buildup and keep your appliance operating at its best.
We've cleaned thousands of chimneys in the Richmond area since the 1980's and assure you a no-mess job.
CURRENT CHIMNEY SWEEP RATES
Open fireplace $110
Fireplace with Wood Stove Insert $125
Oil Flue $125
Ask about discounts for Senior Citizens and Military
If we find that chimney cleaning is not needed, the cost is $95 for the inspection