Chimney Cleaning

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

We only inspect and/or clean chimney flues pertaining to the following:

Wood-Burning Only:

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

Chimney Inspection Rates

  • Basic Chimney Condition Report – $150 + tax
  • Real Estate Inspection – $200 + tax – (required when buying or selling a house)
  • Level 1 Chimney Inspection – $200 + tax
  • Level 2 Chimney Inspection – $300 + tax – (recommended when buying or selling a house)
  • Level 3 Chimney Inspection – Minimum Charge $500 + tax

Please Note: prices are for the local/metropolitan area only, add $100 – $250 outside of the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area for travel time and expenses

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 + tax
  3. Zero-Clearance Wood-stove, Free-Standing Wood-stove & Wood-stove Inserts With Liner Chimney Cleanings – $250 per stove + tax
  4. Wood-stove Insert Without Liner Chimney Cleanings – $350 – $400 per stove + tax
  5. Residential Furnace Masonry Chimney Cleanings – $500 – $1,000 per furnace flue + tax
  6. 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 – $250 outside of the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area for travel time and expenses

Facts About Chimney Cleaning

Masonry Fireplace 2

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 in 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 flue system from top to bottom with our chimney sweep brushes and extention rods. Upon cleaning the flue system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. The majority of the creosote build up is in an area called your 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 than 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.

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 in 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 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 off the build-up on 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 extention rods. Upon cleaning the flue liner system, we will also clean the creosote off the chimney cap. 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 in 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. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

Woodstove Insert Without Liner Image

Wood-Stove Insert Without Liner

Once the top section has been cleaned as noted above we head inside. 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. Majority of your build-up is in an area called your smoke shelf/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. Up to this point everything we have cleaned so far has fallen behind the damper in the pit area. We than will clean out this area removing all of the fallen creosote. Next we will clean out the firebox and will put the insert back inside of the fireplace. Once the insert is properly reinstalled, we clean out the inside of the stove, the glass door and clean the outside of the stove. This cleaning process takes approximately 2 or more hours.

Free-Standing Wood-Stove 1

Free Standing Wood-Stove

Once the top section has been cleaned as noted above we head inside.  On the inside of an insert at top there usually is a baffle plate and/or a layer of bricks.  We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove everything we have swept down and will allow us to remove the build-up on the top of the stove as well as the walls. Once that is completed we put everything back together. Next we will clean out the stove itself and clean off the build-up on the glass. Lastly we will wipe down the stove. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

Prefabricated Fireplace 1

Factory-Built Fireplace

Once the top section has been cleaned as noted above we head inside.  On the inside of an insert at top there usually is a baffle plate and/or a layer of bricks.  We then remove all of the stove parts to properly clean, this will allow us to remove everything we have swept down and will allow us to remove the build-up on the top of the stove as well as the walls. Once that is completed we put everything back together. Next we will clean out the stove itself and clean off the build-up on the glass. Lastly we will wipe down the stove. This cleaning process takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

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.

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 & chimney repairs in the area.

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

https://achimneyspecialist.appointlet.com

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