Chimney Cleaning/Inspection

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We will treat our customers’ homes with the utmost respect when performing all chimney cleanings, inspections, or repairs. We will only clean chimneys that actually need to be cleaned.

We only inspect and clean chimney flues of the following:

Wood-Burning Only:

  • Masonry Fireplace Chimneys
  • Factory-Built Chimneys
  • Prefabricated Fireplace Chimneys
  • Free-Standing Wood Stoves
  • Wood Stove Inserts
  • Zero-Clearance Wood Stoves

Chimney Inspection Rates

  • Basic Chimney Inspection Report – $200 + tax
  • Real Estate Chimney Inspection Report – $250 + tax – (required when buying or selling a house)
  • NFPA 211 Level 1 Chimney Inspection – $250 + tax
  • NFPA 211 Level 2 Chimney Inspection – $450 + tax – (recommended when buying or selling a house)
  • NFPA 211 Level 3 Chimney Inspection – Minimum Charge $500 + tax

Please Note: Prices are for the local metropolitan area only. Add $100 – $500 outside of the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area for travel time and expenses. Call for more detailed prices. Payments are due at the time of our services provided above. Also, we charge a 4% transaction fee on all card payments.

Chimney Cleaning Rates

  1. Masonry, Prefabricated & Factory-Built Chimney Cleanings – $225 per chimney flue + tax
  2. Masonry, Prefabricated & Factory-Built Chimney Cleanings – $425 for two chimney flues at the same location only + tax
  3. Zero-Clearance Wood Stove, Free-Standing Wood Stove, and Wood Stove Inserts With Liner Chimney Cleanings – $250 per stove + tax
  4. Zero-Clearance Wood Stove, Free-Standing Wood Stove, and Wood Stove Inserts With Liner Chimney Cleanings – $475 for two wood stoves at the same location only + tax
  5. Wood Stove Insert Without Liner Chimney Cleanings – $350 – $400 per stove + tax
  6. Residential Furnace Masonry Chimney Cleanings – $500 – $1,000 per furnace flue + tax
  7. Commercial Furnace Masonry Chimney Cleanings – $1,000 – $1,500 per furnace flue + tax

Please Note: Prices are for the local metropolitan area only. Add $100 – $500 outside of the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area for travel time and expenses. Call for more detailed prices. Payments are due at the time of our services provided above. Also, we charge a 4% transaction fee on all card payments.

Our Chimney Cleaning Process

Arch Opening Masonry Fireplace

Masonry Fireplace

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the fireplace to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the fireplace opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the firebox. After the firebox is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the masonry flue system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the masonry flue system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. The majority of the creosote buildup is in an area called the smoke shelf or smoke chamber. This area is located right above your built-in throat damper and can only be properly cleaned from the inside. We use long-handled brushes and will clean out this area last. Up to this point, everything we have cleaned so far has fallen behind the damper in the pit area. We then will clean out this area removing all of the fallen creosote. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half per masonry fireplace.

Factory-Built Fireplace

Factory-Built Fireplace

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the fireplace to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the fireplace opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the firebox. After the firebox is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the factory-built flue system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the flue system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. The majority of the creosote buildup is in the factory-built flue system just above the damper which gets extremely dirty. This area can only be properly cleaned from the inside. We use long-handled brushes and will clean out this area last. Up to this point, everything we have cleaned so far has fallen on top of the damper. We then will clean out this area removing all of the fallen creosote. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half per factory-built fireplace.

Free-Standing Wood-Stoves

Free-Standing Wood Stove

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the wood stove to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the wood stove opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the wood stove. On the inside of the free-standing wood stove at the top there usually is a baffle plate or firebrick splits. We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove all of the creosote build-up inside of the stove. Next, we will clean out the stove itself and will clean the build-up off of the glass. After the wood stove is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the flue liner system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the flue liner system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. Depending on the type of free-standing wood stove system, we may have to remove and clean the stove pipe that connects to the masonry chimney flue system. The majority of the creosote build-up is located in the chimney piping which gets extremely dirty. Upon cleaning the chimney piping, we then reinstall the piping to the free-standing wood stove. Up to this point, everything we have swept down so far has fallen inside of the wood stove or at the base of the masonry flue system. Then, we will vacuum the creosote left inside the stove. Once that is completed we put everything back together lubing any rusty parts as needed. Lastly, we will wipe down the stove and glass. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half per wood stove.

Wood-Stove Insert with Liner 1

Wood Stove Insert With Liner

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the wood stove to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the wood stove opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the wood stove. On the inside of an insert at the top there usually is a baffle plate or firebrick splits. We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove all of the creosote build-up inside of the stove. Next, we will clean out the stove itself and will clean the build-up off of the glass. After the wood stove is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the flue liner system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the flue liner system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. The majority of the creosote buildup is in the flue liner system just above the damper or stove baffle plate which gets extremely dirty. This area can only be properly cleaned from the inside. Up to this point, everything we have swept down so far has fallen inside of the wood stove. Then, we will vacuum the creosote left inside the stove. Once that is completed we put everything back together lubing any rusty parts as needed. Lastly, we will wipe down the stove and glass. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half per wood stove.

Woodstove Insert Without Liner Image

Wood Stove Insert Without Liner

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the wood stove to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the wood stove opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the wood stove. On the inside of an insert at the top there usually is a baffle plate or firebrick splits. We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove all of the creosote build-up inside of the stove. Next, we will clean out the stove itself and will clean the build-up off of the glass. After the wood stove is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the masonry flue liner system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the masonry flue liner system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. Up to this point, everything we have cleaned so far has fallen on top of the wood stove insert and behind the damper in the pit area. Next, we will pull the insert out of the firebox. This will allow us to get behind the insert as this area gets extremely dirty. The majority of the creosote build-up is in an area called the smoke shelf or smoke chamber. This area is located right above your damper and can only be properly cleaned from the inside. We use long-handled brushes and will clean out this area. Then will clean out this area removing all of the fallen creosote. Next, we will clean out the masonry firebox and will put the insert back inside of the fireplace. Once the insert is properly reinstalled into the masonry fireplace, we then will vacuum any creosote left inside the stove. Once that is completed, we put everything back together lubing any rusty parts as needed. Lastly, we will wipe down the stove and glass. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately 2 or more hours per wood stove.

Zero-Clearance Wood Stove

Zero-Clearance Wood Stove

First, we lay out drop cloths from the closest entrance to the wood stove to ensure we contain any creosote mess on the drop cloths. Then, we bring all of our cleaning equipment into the house staging in front of the wood stove opening. Next, we will clean the inside of the wood stove. On the inside of the zero-clearance wood stove at the top there usually is a baffle plate or firebrick splits and a catalytic combustor. We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove all of the creosote build-up inside of the stove. Next, we will clean out the stove itself and will clean the build-up off of the glass. After the wood stove is completely cleaned, we then will sweep the flue liner system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extension rods. Upon cleaning the flue liner system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. The majority of the creosote buildup is in the flue liner system just above the damper which gets extremely dirty. This area can only be properly cleaned from the inside. Up to this point, everything we have cleaned so far has fallen on top of the damper. We then will clean out this area removing all of the fallen creosote that is left inside the stove. Once that is completed we put everything back together lubing any rusty parts as needed. Lastly, we will wipe down the stove and glass. Once the entire chimney has been cleaned from top to bottom we will go over any concerns or recommendations. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half per wood stove.

Why Clean My Chimney?

You should clean your chimney regularly to remove creosote from the lining of the flue.

Creosote is a highly flammable residue that builds up over time from combustion in your chimney. Chimneys should be cleaned when any noticeable creosote build-up occurs. The Chimney Safety Institute of America claims that as little as ¼” of buildup is enough to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Cleaning your chimney also reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Creosote is black or brown in appearance and it can be crusty and flaky, tar-like, drippy and sticky, or shiny and hardened.

Facts About Chimney Cleaning

PREVENT FIRES: CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY REGULARLY! In 2005, there were 62,000 heating-related home fires, resulting in 607 deaths, 1,550 injuries, and $900 million in property damage (NFPA) National Fire Protection Association.

How often do I need to clean my chimney?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends cleaning and inspection of chimneys at least once a year, more if you use your fireplace regularly. This applies to both wood-burning and gas fireplaces! Even if you do not use your fireplace, your chimney should still be cleaned and inspected as animals may build nests in the flue.

Adams Chimney Specialist LLC provides the best chimney cleaning and chimney repairs in the area.

Call today for a quote on chimney cleanings and repairs or click the link below to book an appointment now.

https://achimneyspecialist.appointlet.com

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