Chimney Sweeping

Enjoy what your family deserves a warm, clean, and healthy home with regular chimney sweeping and maintenance.

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At Velo Air, we understand that a clean chimney is the backbone of a happy and healthy home. Keeping your chimney well-maintained is not just about aesthetics—it’s a vital part of home care that ensures the safety and well-being of your family

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Why is chimney sweeping important?

Chimney sweeping plays an essential role in the maintenance and safety of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. Here are several reasons why getting your chimneys serviced is important:

 

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Fire Prevention:

Over time, soot, creosote, and other by-products of burning wood can accumulate on the inner walls of a chimney. These by-products are highly flammable and can easily ignite, causing a chimney fire. Chimney sweeps remove these deposits, reducing the risk of fires.

 

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Carbon Monoxide Prevention:

A clean chimney ensures proper ventilation to escape harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, produced by burning fuel. Blocked or dirty chimneys can cause these dangerous gases to seep into the home instead of being vented outside, posing severe health risks.

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Efficiency:

Regular cleaning helps maintain the efficiency of your fireplace or wood stove. A clean chimney allows for better airflow, which is necessary for fuel to burn efficiently. This not only provides more heat but also uses less fuel, saving money and resources.

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Prolonging Chimney Life:

Soot and creosote are acidic and can erode the mortar and bricks that make up the chimney. Regular cleaning by a chimney sweep can prevent this damage and extend the life of the chimney.

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Preventing Blockages:

Chimneys can become blocked by nesting birds, rodents, leaves, or other debris. These blockages can restrict the flow of gases and lead to inefficient burning and the potential for harmful gases to enter the home. A chimney sweep will clear these obstructions.

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Compliance with Standards:

Many insurance companies require homeowners to clean their chimneys regularly as a condition of coverage. This is because a well-maintained chimney reduces the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America, states that according to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Chimney sweeping shall be done at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances and repairs should be made if necessary.

 

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We Can Help You Clean Your Chimney

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Do you offer a free chimney sweep inspection?

Yes! Call us and we will have one of our chimney sweep professional cleaners come to your house or business and perform a Free Visual Assessment. Call us at: 800-379-3500

Or fill out the form and we will get back to you.

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Most Common Questions

Question: What is a chimney sweeping?

Answer: A chimney sweep is both a professional service and a person who cleans and maintains chimneys. The main goal is to remove soot, built-up creosote, and other blockages to prevent chimney fires and ensure proper venting of smoke and gases.

 

Question: Is a chimney sweep necessary?

Answer: Yes, regular chimney sweeping is necessary for safety and efficiency. It helps prevent chimney fires, which can be caused by creosote buildup, and ensures that harmful gases like carbon monoxide are adequately vented out of your home.

Question: How often should you sweep your chimney?

Answer: The National Fire Protection Association suggests the inspection of chimneys, fireplaces, and vents be inspected at least once a year. The frequency of cleaning depends on how much you use your fireplace or stove. More frequent use typically requires more frequent cleaning.

Question: Do gas fireplaces need a chimney sweep?

Answer: While gas fireplaces burn cleaner than wood-burning ones, they still require annual inspections. Over time, they can develop issues like blockages in the venting system, and components can wear out or malfunction.

 

Question: How much does a chimney sweep cost?

Answer: The cost of a chimney sweep varies depending on the complexity of the job and your location. On average, it can range from only $100 to $300. Some factors that affect cost include the level of buildup, the type of chimney, and any additional repairs that might be needed.

Question: How long does a chimney sweep take?

Answer: A typical chimney sweep and inspection can take 45 minutes to an hour. However, if there are issues like significant creosote buildup or the need for repairs, it could take longer.

 

Question: Can you sweep your own chimney?

Answer: Technically, it is possible to sweep your chimney, but it’s only recommended if you have the right tools and knowledge. It can be a messy and dangerous job, and you might need a proper inspection to avoid potential hazards.

Question: Do chimney sweep logs really work?

Answer: Chimney sweep logs, also known as creosote sweeping logs, can help minimize the amount of creosote buildup in your chimney when used as part of regular maintenance. However, they are not a substitute for professional chimney cleaning and inspection, as they cannot remove all the buildup or identify structural issues.

Have more questions? Please do not hesitate to call or message us we, will promptly respond to your inquiries.