Your fireplace is a warm focal point in your home. However, just like any household appliance, it needs to be serviced on a regular basis to ensure the ongoing safety and comfort of your family. When your fireplace is not properly maintained, it can break down or become a health hazard.
At Neighbourhood Chimney Services, all fireplace cleaning services start with an inspection to assess the condition of your flue. The flue is swept with a brush; the damper housing and firebox are cleared and vacuumed. For a more detailed outline of our process, we list our steps below.
The area around the fireplace needs to be clear of all obstructions and the firebox must be clear of any decorative items.
During the inspection, we will use a flashlight and mirror to complete a visual inspection for:
We will also:
After the inspection you will be informed of any findings and provided with a quote if repairs are required. Additionally, you may ask any questions you have pertaining to your fireplace.
During a typical fireplace cleaning, we will:
*This process may vary depending on the type of fireplace.
This is your basic open firebox with brick or block walls and a damper.
This is a fireplace unit without a masonry foundation, typically installed against existing walls with a stainless steel chimney.
These units have doors or a grill attached to a metal box, which lines the inside of the firebox. Some inserts can be lifted out, but most are fixed in place.
A woodstove is placed inside the firebox and smoke vents up the chimney through a stainless steel liner. The stove will be pulled out for proper cleaning.
A wood burning stove consists of a solid metal fire chamber on a fire-resistant hearth. Vent pipes may require removal for proper cleaning if there are sharp bends.
These types of chimneys exhaust the unspent flue gases from your furnace and hot water tank. Check out our home carbon monoxide safety tips here.
We will clear your chimney of nesting materials, small animals, leaves, vines and bricks. If the blockage is in a gas flue, the pipes will be opened where they come through the wall into the house. Check out our home carbon monoxide safety tips here.
We will remove leaves and debris from troughs and downspouts, and secure any lose spikes. We will also let you know if your roof needs attention as a courtesy.
If you have any questions, or would like more specific information on chimney cleanings that you may need, call us today at 416-466-3303.
We offer a wide range of services to cover any chimney-related or heating system problem you may have in your home.
We perform chimney repairs to maintain the value of your home, protect your safety and to improve your chimney’s efficiency.