Chimney Sweeping / Cleaning
Our repeat customers know the importance of keeping their chimneys clean and obstruction-free! When scheduling your annual HVAC maintenance, it’s a perfect time to also call Chimney Champions® to schedule your chimney cleaning with one of our certified chimney sweeps. Call (904) 268-7200 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.
Need More Than Chimney Cleaning?
At Chimney Champions® we know that a clean chimney is a safe chimney—one that doesn’t catch fire. If you haven’t been in the habit of having your chimney swept regularly, schedule a chimney inspection by calling (904) 268-7200. But if you’re a regular customer, then as long as you haven’t had any problems, a cleaning may be all you need. Be sure to ask our chimney sweeps about our preferred client discount.
Understanding The Risk of Chimney Fires
There’s nothing better than enjoying the cozy ambiance and radiating warmth of a roaring fire in your fireplace on a cool night. But before you fire up for the season, make sure that your chimney is clean and ready. A dirty chimney is fertile fuel for a fire, and you may not even realize what is happening.
Two Types of Chimney Fires
You see, there are two types of chimney fires:
Detected FiresThese fires are scary and can be explosive. They are often accompanied by loud cracking and popping, heavy smoke, and an intense, hot smell. Flames will shoot from the top of the chimney, and the fire can sound like a freight train or low-flying airplane.
Undetected FiresThese are slow-burning fires that don’t get enough air or fuel to be dramatic or even visible. But don’t let that fool you. They can burn hot enough to cause as much damage to the chimney and other parts of your house as detected fires. That makes them just as dangerous, if not more.
Scheduling regular chimney inspections can definitely lessen the chance that you’ll have a chimney fire, and will also allow a certified chimney sweep to determine if you’ve had a previous fire in the system. An inspector from Chimney Champions® will be able to assess any damage and make chimney repairs.
Did I Have a Chimney Fire?
To know if you’ve had a chimney fire and to prevent future fires, we recommend a full inspection and cleaning. Here are some common signs that indicate a fire likely occurred:
- “Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote
- Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe, or factory-built metal chimney
- Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing
- Discolored or distorted rain cap
- Creosote flakes found on the roof or ground
- Roofing material damaged from hot creosote
- Cracks in exterior masonry
- Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners
Rest assured, you can trust the expert chimney sweeps at Chimney Champions®. We serve Jacksonville and the surrounding areas of Florida including St. Augustine, Gainesville, and beyond. Call (904) 268-7200 and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members to schedule your appointment.