Mister Chimney FAQs

How often should I have my chimney swept?

The truth is there is no rule in regards to how often a chimney needs to be swept. Some choose to do it once per month, while others do it once every 10 years. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that vents, chimneys and fireplaces be inspected at least once per year and if necessary, you might need a repair done, maintenance or a cleaning. You might have to replace parts too.

There are a few variables to consider when deciding how often you should sweep your chimney. These variables include:

  • How often you use  your chimney
  • The type of coal or wood you use
  • If you use oil or gas to heat your chimney
  • Where the chimney is located in your home
  • If the chimney has a rain-cap
  • If your chimney is lined
What causes the smokey smell in my fireplace - even when I'm not burning?

Your chimney has creosote deposits, which causes the smell. In the Summer the odor tends to be worse because of the humidity and when the air conditioner is on. Sweeping the chimney may make things better but the issue may not be solved. This is because the air that comes down the chimney and released in your home is the issue. However, a top sealing damper may help or a cup of white vinegar may solve the problem too. At least until a professional inspects your chimney.

Will you make a mess in my home?

The good news is there shouldn’t be a mess. However, when a service is provided inside your home, then you need to be cautioned. When the cleaning is perform, drop-cloths are placed on the floor and dust is controlled with high-powered vacuums.

How long will it take to sweep my chimney?

Cleanings usually take around 20-45 minutes, but this depends on how dirty the chimney is. Generally speaking, the process doesn’t take long. There are a few things that play a role in how long the cleaning will take. The age of your home, how large the chimney is and if there is a clean-out door are a few things that play a role in the length of time it will take for the cleaning to be completed.

What is creosote?

Because unseasoned wood causes the whole system to burn cool, the creosoteladen flue gas quickly condenses on the surface of the flue. Only dry, well seasoned wood should be used in any chimney system. Third stage glazed tar creosote in an open chimney is almost always caused by burning wet, or unseasoned wood.

What are you doing when you sweep my chimney?

An inspection of your chimney is performed and once it has been completed, a brush is used to clean the flue. A drop cloth is used to keep the work area clean and so is a high powered vacuum.

What is a flue?

 Flues are inside the chimney. The heating system may have one and each fireplace has one flue.

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