It's a general rule of thumb that creosote deposits of 1/8" or more should be removed from the venting system. Tar glaze creosote deposits are the exception to this rule since these deposits can burn with tremendous intensity. Any significant amount including deposits of tar glaze creosote less than 1/8" should be removed.
The number one reason to have your chimney swept is to prevent chimney fires. The Consumer Product Commission states that there are an average of 25,000 chimney fires, 30 deaths, and 126.1 million dollars of damage a year due to chimney fires. Creosote is not only flammable, it is also acidic, and over time will corrode connectors, steel, and mortar. Creosote accumulation will also restrict the draft in the flue and cause smoking problems, and foul odors.
Paladino Chimney Sweeps use professional grade equipment and industry approved techniques to clean flues. Rotor cleaning is used for removing sticky tar glaze using small chains that are attached to a disc which is spun by a power drill. Brush cleaning works well for removing sooty, flaky build up that is easier to clean. We clean from top to bottom, including behind the damper which is often overlooked, and can hold large amounts of flammable creosote and ash.
Fireplace or Wood Stove
Flue Liner Cleaning
Flue Liner Installation
Stainless steel liner systems are used to repair existing masonary or metal chimneys that have been damaged from either chimney fires, deterioration due to lack of maintenance, softened from exposure to the elements or cracked from excessive heat due to flue fires, lightning strikes or settling of the chimney foundation.
The standard used for determining if a chimney needs a listed liner system rest in the code book that all professional chimney sweeps and installers must abide by. The national fire protection association (NFPA) 211 code book, 2010 edition.
Section 12.9 states under the heading damaged or deteriorated liners:
If the flue liner in a chimney has softened cracked, or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion (ie: heat, moisture, creosote, and flue gases) the liner shall be either removed and repaired, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that will resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperatures appropriate to the class of chimney service.
Buck Stove Installation
We also sell and install buck stoves and fireboxes!
Paladino Chimney Sweeps also performs inspections of your fireplace and chimney for your home owners insurance!
Level 1, 2, & 3 Inspections Available. Call for more information.