Looking for a chimney sweep and chimney cleaning in the Knoxville TN area? Platinum chimney services and camera inspection are our specialty. Clear Chimney tackles the fireplaces and chimney flues that others charge an arm and a leg for service.
After years of burning wood or pellets, the flues and chimney stacks get coated with dangerous creosote. This highly flammable material will ignite and cause a chimney fire. A chimney cleaning and chimney sweep is the only way to avoid flash fires in your home.
Some fireplace and chimney jobs are so bad that other vendors will quote a very high price to correct. They feel if the owner is willing to spend a large sum of money, then they will do the dirty and dangerous work.
If the creosote has reached stage 3 level, the chimney may be condemned as unsafe. This is a very expensive fix. Therefore, don’t let your flue and stack get to this stage. Our chimney sweep and cleaning includes a chimney camera inspection for verifiable protection. Ask for a camera inspection when comparing chimney cleaners.
We feel every home owner or chimney user deserves a safe, fair price for cleaning out and securing the chimney. Clear Chimney travels all over eastern Tennessee. There are small cities that other vendors will not service. It is our calling to help everyone keep a safe environment for their family.
Staging a house fireplace is one of the most overlooked gems in selling your home. A clean firebox and spotless screen or glass sells a home. Often, the fireplace and chimney are centerpieces of a large den or living room. If the fireplace screen, glass door or wood stove are dirty, the buyer may assume the chimney and chimney cap are also not well maintained.
The second most important part of the fireplace is the bricks of the chimney or the flue pipe of the wood stove. Over time, the bricks can build up soot from the fumes of the fireplace. Use a highly diluted bleach and water solution to scrub the bricks. Pay attention to the mortar of the fireplace and chimney. The often white mortar will turn dark over time.
This difference in color between the upper and lower areas of the chimney and fireplace are noticeable. A buyer or prospect looking at the home will make a judgement, good or bad, as to the maintenance of the overall house based on the dirt of the fireplace.
Use binoculars to view the chimney from outside of the house. Is the chimney cap clean and in place? Is there any dark spots of soot or mold on the chimney? Can the flashing be seen and is it in place?
Most home inspectors do not do a thorough inspection of fireplaces. Therefore, many are not qualified to make a judgement about the safety and efficiency of wood stoves and fireplaces with chimneys.
Creosote buildup on chimney cap is very dangerous. This highly combustible soot tar mixture is devastating during a chimney fire. Clean it up as soon as possible.
This is an actual customer’s chimney cap completely covered in creosote build up. Years of wood burning without a professional chimney sweep allowed this buildup to happen. It is amazing any smoke or fumes were leaving this chimney at all.
Burning more than a cord or rick of wood a year will develop a creosote buildup left unattended over the years. This tar like substance is very flammable. Cleaning and sweeping this out is NOT a do-it-yourself weekend warrior job. The chimney is often high off of the ground. The roof pitch is not easy to walk on for most people.
Our customers tell us the biggest reason they hire out the chimney inspection and cleaning is fear of heights and their safety. When cleaning the creosote buildup on a chimney cap, our team always wears a 5 point safety vest and safety glasses with cut proof hand gloves.
The best option is completely removing and replacing the chimney cap with a new stainless steel custom chimney cap. Designed, cut, installed and sealed, a new chimney cap will serve your home for decades. Creosote is simply too hard and dangerous to remove completely.