Residents throughout the Richmond VA region rely on Chimney Saver Solutions to keep their chimneys clean, safe and operating at peak efficiency. Yearly chimney sweep services along with inspections are the best way to bring peace of mind to you and your family.
What Is a Chimney Sweep?
Chimney sweeps are individuals who clean the insides of chimney flues. This part of the exhaust system harbors creosote buildups and sometimes drafting obstructions.
Chimney sweeps use a variety of tools including electronic scrubbers and brushes, cleaning solvents, scrapers and industrial vacuums to remove built-up debris from flues.
Creosote Is the Primary Chimney Cleaning Task
When wood burns, the smoke it produces condenses inside the chimney flue and forms a substance known as creosote. Creosote is highly flammable and can be sticky, flakey, puffy or solid. Most chimney fires in the Richmond area are the result of excess creosote.
All professional chimney service groups and fire-safety agencies recommend annual chimney sweeping to remove creosote and restore safety and operational efficiency to chimney/fireplace systems. The majority of chimney fires can be prevented with this one simple service.
Removing Flue Obstructions in Richmond VA
Chimneys that are run without a quality chimney cap or at least a flue cover often attract all sorts of outside debris that can lead to serious drafting obstructions.
Debris we often find in our Richmond customers’ chimneys includes:
- Leaves and twigs from nearby trees
- Dust and other air debris
- Nests built by birds, squirrels, raccoons and other critters
- Dead animals who have died inside the chimney
All these obstructions can cause smoke from your fireplace to back up into your home. The major concern with smoke is carbon monoxide, which is invisible and odorless but known to be potentially deadly to humans and animals.
Chimney Saver Solutions serves the entire Richmond region with certified chimney sweep and chimney cleaning services to remove dangerous creosote and obstructions that hinder smoke drafting.
If your chimney has no cap, let us install a custom outside-mount chimney cap to keep debris out of your flue and protect the entire top of the chimney against water and weather damage.
CSIA-Certified Chimney Inspections
Chimney cleaning and chimney inspections go hand in hand. Both are critical to keeping the chimney at your Richmond home safe and working correctly. Our technicians are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America to thoroughly inspect your chimney and fireplace. Chimney inspections can include close examination of:
- External chimney masonry (bricks/mortar)
- Areas where chimney leaks are suspected
- Chimney liner and interior masonry
- Chimney cap
- Chimney crown
- Chimney chase top
- Roof flashing
- Fireplace damper
- Smoke shelf
- Smoke chamber
An annual chimney inspection along with regular chimney sweep services is the very best way to ensure that your chimney remains safe and efficient all year long.
Chimney Saver Solutions of Richmond holds certifications through the CSIA as well as the National Fireplace Institute. We are proud members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. When there are problems with your chimney or fireplace, we’re the local experts to call first.
If it’s time to have your chimney cleaned and inspected, arrange an appointment or speak with a chimney professional at (804) 440-5000.