Pottstown: Keep Your Chimney In Great Condition With a Regular Chimney Sweeping from Wells & Sons!
While more and more DIY chimney sweep products appear on the market every year, there is no real replacement for a quality, professional chimney sweeping. Our highly trained, experienced, and CSIA-certified technicians can expertly sweep your chimney, addressing any issues that are found and leaving your fireplace system ready to use for the rest of the year! If you live in and around Pottstown, Allentown, Phoenixville, Norristown, and surrounding counties of Montgomery, Chester, Berks, Bucks, and Lehigh, give us a call!
How Often Should My Chimney Be Swept?
Having your chimney swept at least once per year is one of the most important things you can do for the overall health and safety of your chimney system. An annual chimney sweeping removes dirt, debris, ash, soot and creosote from your flue, keeping your fireplace and chimney operating safely and efficiently.
The removal of creosote is one of the most important aspects of an annual chimney sweeping. Creosote is an extremely flammable material and is a byproduct of wood-burning fires. When creosote is allowed to accumulate in the flue, it can easily lead to a chimney fire.
While it is recommended that most chimneys be swept at least once per year, your chimney may need to be cleaned more or less based on use. For example, if your home uses a fireplace or wood stove daily as a major heat source, it may need to be swept more than once per year. Likewise, homes with gas fireplaces that are rarely used may need their chimneys swept less. One of our certified technicians will be able to recommend a cleaning schedule based on your family’s fireplace use and condition.
Is My Home Up To Code?
Because parging is typically done during the construction process, many homeowners do not know if their smoke chamber is up to code. If during an inspection it is discovered that your smoke chamber is not parged smooth, it may be recommended. Parging can help increase fireplace efficiency and also seal up any cracks or holes in the smoke chamber.
If the masonry in your firebox is damaged, it is extremely important to have it repaired as soon as possible. The refractory masonry that fireboxes are built with protect the surrounding building materials from the heat and flames created in your firebox. If the masonry is damaged, the sheetrock, wood, and other building materials in your home are susceptible to this heat and can easily ignite. The team here at Wells & Sons can use the pointing process to repair your existing firebox, eliminating the necessity for a complete rebuild. This process can be used to smooth and fix cracks in the fireplace or the smoke chamber.
If your fireplace needs to be repaired or relined, contact Wells & Sons Chimney Service at (610) 473-6000! We’re here to help! Serving Allentown, Pottstown, Lansdale, Phoenixville, and the surrounding areas.