As the accompanying pictures show, cleaning your chimney involves several steps:
1 - The first thing we do is lay a clean tarp down in front of your fireplace, and lay a runner from your fireplace to the nearest door. (Whenever one of our sweeps walks on your carpet, we put booties on our shoes to insure that we leave no marks or smudge on your carpet!)
2 - We carefully tape a cover over the opening of your fireplace to prevent dust from entering your home.
3 - We then tape a second, larger cover over the first for extra protection.
4 - Next, we go onto your roof with fiberglass poles and special brushes. These brushes are designed to match the shape and size of your flue, so that all the areas inside the chimney are scraped clean of creosote buildup. After finishing with the brushes, we place a fan on top of your chimney, so any dust generated later will be pulled up and out.
5 - Once finished on your roof, we come back inside your home. At this point we put on a head-to-toe suit called a “soot suit”, and a respirator.
6 - Wearing this protection, we can now sit right inside your firebox. This allows us to clean every surface inside your fireplace. In addition, we can fully inspect the area inside for problems such as missing mortar or dangerous cracks. At Chimney Clean Company, we believe that this is the ONLY way to fully clean and inspect your fireplace! In addition, we can now thoroughly vacuum the space BEHIND your damper, which is where a lot of creosote usually builds up.
7 - Lastly, we clean your firebox fully with the vacuum. Then we finish a thorough inspection of the condition of your chimney, and fill out a written report for you.
8 - FINISHED! And no mess is made in the room . . .