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Fireplace Chimney Sweeps
According to NFPA your fireplace chimney system should be inspected annually and cleaned and repaired as needed. Chicago area customers can benefit from Maximum Chimney Services’ 6 point inspection plan:
There are three things we look for in our quality inspection:
we will inspect your fireplace chimney system for mechanical soundness
We will make sure that your fireplace chimney system is free from deposits
Obstruction Free Assurance
We will clear any obstructions including small animal nesting/debris/feces, or a collapsed liner.
If it’s been more than 12 months since your last inspection or if you are concerned about your fireplace chimney system’s condition, contact us today to schedule a free estimate.
Creosote, also known as soot, is a natural byproduct of burning wood. As the smoke goes up your fireplace chimney, creosote clings to the inner walls of your chimney. Creosote is highly flammable and causes chimney fires. Removal of creosote (a fireplace chimney sweep) is imperative for continuous safe use. Standard and mechanical fireplace Chimney Cleaning address your flue liner, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, damper, and firebox. Maximum Chimney Services provides “no mess” fireplace chimney sweeps.
Wood Stove Cleaning
Wood-burning stove standard sweep includes a visual inspection and the sweeping of the pipes leading from the stove thru the roof.
It is only after the flaky creosote is removed (during the standard fireplace cleaning) that glazing can be detected. Glazing develops when flaky creosote becomes baked on. Glazing requires the use of specialized equipment for it’s removal. Creosote is flammable and the risk of a chimney fire is present. If this creosote is ignited, the intensity of the heat can crack the tile liner and flames pose a fire hazard to the home.
Blockage removal from the Fireplace flue is most often associated with the lack of a protective chimney cover on the top of the chimney. Maximum Chimney Services recommends the installation of protective chimney covers on all flue openings to prevent entry of animals (raccoons, squirrels, birds), twigs, leaves and nesting materials.
Furnace Chimney Sweeps
Most emergency service calls that happen during the winter months are due to oil or gas companies shutting down your lines to prevent an accident. The reason is because many homeowners do not know that the venting system of their furnance needs maintenance. Unfortunately, many homeowners are forced to deal with much higher service costs after the harm is already done.
3 Reasons Why an Annual Checkup Is a Good Idea:
- Lower Heating and Cooling Costs
- Maximum Indoor Air Quality
- Eliminating Threat of Carbon Monoxide
For a furnace flue cleaning, the technician will begin on the roof brushing any debris to the bottom of the flue. He will go then to the furnace, disconnect the pipe from the furnace to the flue, and vacuum 2-3 feet below the connecting pipe. When this process is complete the technician will properly reseal the pipe to the flue. If for some reason the roof cannot be accessed to do the cleaning, the technicians do the full cleaning from inside the home.
Maximum Chimney Services uses a 6-step process to inspect and clean a chimney system. We also take photos before and after on each job.
Here are the following steps in order:
- Initial Inspection
- Interior Inspection & Setup
- Exterior Inspection & Cleaning
- Interior Cleaning & Inspection
- Final Inspections
- Customer Report & Review.
You can rest easy knowing you had this professionally done.
Dryer Vent Sweeps
Tiny particles in the air and dirt can develop in the outfits dryer port blocking setting up and producing potentially harmful conditions like the possibility for the exhaust flame or deadly carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers).
The U.S. Fire Administration, Countrywide Fire Info Center studies that “there are above 12,700 home that will fire per year connected with clothes drier fires causing 15 demise and 300 injuries, and also 88 million dollars inside property damage. ”
Not having your vents clean can restrict air flow and causes your dryer to run hotter and longer, substantially impacting energy efficiency. Excess heat created by poor air flow can ruin your clothes, add dollars to your home’s energy bill and increase the wear and tear on your appliance.
*Having your dryer vent cleaned helps reduce energy consumption, operating costs, reduces the possibility of a fire, and increase the lifespan of your dryer.
Maximum Chimney Services will take care of all your Dryer Exhaust needs.