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Your fireplace or wood stove is a source of heat and comfort during the winter but it can also be dangerous when it isn’t properly maintained. Every year, there are more than 70,000 house fires across the United States that cause over $1.3 billion in property damage. Chimney fires are the cause of about one-third of all house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Regular chimney cleaning helps protect your home and loved ones from fire while also making your fireplace more efficient and potentially reducing the need for costly chimney repair. 

At Air Flows Chicago, we serve homeowners with reliable and cost-effective chimney sweeping. Our business is local and proudly owned. Free quote is available by giving us a call at 866 494-6778. 

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The Importance of Regular Chimney Maintenance

The combustion process when you burn wood in your fireplace deposits creosote, an acidic and highly flammable material inside your firebox and chimney liner. This acidic compound can weaken a metal or masonry chimney and cause premature deterioration. It can also catch fire and quickly spread throughout your home. Without frequent cleaning, your chimney can also become home to birds and other pests that can obstruct the chimney with their nests. 

If it’s been a while since your chimney has been swept, here’s why you should make it a priority. 

 

Chimney Sweeping Reduces Your Fire Risk

Chimneys are a major cause of home fires. While your fireplace can be completely safe to use when it’s well maintained, a dirty chimney that’s clogged or filled with creosote buildup is a serious fire hazard. It doesn’t take much creosote glazing inside your chimney liner to pose a fire threat. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that can ignite easily due to high temperatures or a stray spark. A large buildup of creosote can also burn for a very long time at extremely high temperatures. Even if your fire remains in your flue, it may cause structural damage to your home. 

Your chimney also plays a major role in your home’s ventilation by allowing smoke and dangerous fumes from a fire to escape. A poorly maintained fireplace and chimney can actually cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills about 4,000 people every year in the United States. A large share of these fatalities are directly caused by fireplace use and poor chimney maintenance. A clean chimney is able to exhaust dangerous carbon monoxide outside of your home without making anyone in your home ill. 

 

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Improve Your Fireplace Efficiency

When your chimney is coated in creosote deposits, your fireplace will be less efficient. This is because there will be a greater circulation of cooler air that reduces the energy efficiency necessary to burn wood. A fire that’s burning fuel efficiently produces less smoke and more heat. This allows you to warm your home and enjoy a fire without overloading your firebox or producing as much smoke and byproducts. 

 

Reduce the Need for Expensive Chimney Repairs

Your wood-burning fireplace can reach up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a very high temperature that creates many byproducts like ash, soot, and 
tiny particles of wood that cover your masonry, damper, flue liner, and smoke box with debris and contaminants. Creosote and other byproducts can actually damage your masonry and even metal chimney over time. 

Routine chimney sweeping helps reduce the wear and tear on your chimney components to help prevent repairs in the future. A thorough cleaning can also detect minor issues with your chimney and masonry before they develop into serious problems. 

 

Uncover Problems with Your Chimney

Don’t take an out of sight, out of mind approach with your chimney. Regular inspections and routine cleaning can detect structural problems or hidden damage with any component of your chimney and fireplace, including your bricks, mortar, flue, crown, and damper system. Finding these problems early doesn’t just reduce costly repairs to the chimney itself; it can also protect your home from water damage due to a leaking chimney. Many homeowners mistakenly believe they have a roof leak but the water problem is actually caused by a damaged flue liner or cracked chimney crown. 

 

Prevent Deterioration of Your Flue Liner

Your chimney liner is your first defense against carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires by insulating the rest of your chimney from corrosive chemicals and intense heat. It also stops carbon monoxide and smoke from escaping into the home through cracks in the mortar and brick. Having the flue cleaned annually prevents premature deterioration and costly replacement. 

 

Professional Chimney Cleaning in Chicago

Chimney sweeping is an effective service that removes built-up soot, creosote, and other blockages from your smoke chamber, damper, firebox, and chimney liner. You can count on Air Flows Chicago to perform a quality inspection and thorough cleaning of all components of your chimney. We always treat you and your home with respect and never leave a mess behind. 

To clean your chimney, we will lay drop cloths around your hearth and use commercial-grade vacuums to keep your home mess-free. A chimney brush attached to chimney rods will be used to brush the flue from the roof or hearth. This specialized equipment is used to carefully scrape away all of the creosote built up inside your chimney lining to ensure your chimney is clean, safe, and ready for your next roaring fire. 

Contact the experts at Air Flows Chicago at 866 494-6778 for a free inspection of your chimney. 

 

 

Our Service Area Chicago, IL Metro :

  • Downers Grove
  • Wheaton
  • Carol stream
  • Schaumburg
  • Naperville
  • Aurora
  • Plainfield
  • Highland park
  • Northbrook
  • Wilmette
  • Grove
  • Arlington Heights
  • Des Plaines
  • Glenview
  • Winnetka
  • Glencoe
  • Deerfield
  • Wheeling
  • Palatine
 
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Affordable Chimney Repair

If an inspection has turned up problems with your chimney, you can count on us for cost-effective chimney repairs that you can count on. We offer a variety of repair services, including chimney relining, chimney cap replacement or installation, damper repair, firebox repair, chimney repointing, and more. 

One of the most common repairs we perform is chimney relining. Your chimney should be lined with a metal liner, cast-in-place flue, or clay tile. All liners eventually deteriorate and crack or fail to function as they should. A sound liner is essential to prevent the transfer of heat to combustible components of your home, prevent acidic gasses and byproducts from damaging your mortar, and allowing the chimney to properly vent carbon monoxide and smoke out of your home. 

Call Air Flows Chicago today at 866 494-6778 to schedule an inspection and reliable chimney repair. 

With Air Flows Chicago, you can always expect to get a hassle-free & professional service that exceeds your expectations. We are proud to be a local Chicago business that’s BBB A+ rated and family owned. Free quote available by calling our knowledgeable staff at 866 494-6778. 

FAQ

Do you have questions about chimney sweeping? Here are answers to some common questions we hear from customers. 

How often should I have my chimney inspected?

The National Fire Protection Association recommends a professional chimney inspection at least once a year to make sure all components are sound, you do not have unsafe levels of creosote deposits, and there are no obstructions in your chimney. Staying on top of inspections is an affordable and easy way to protect your home and your family from chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

When should I have my chimney swept?

Your chimney should be cleaned whenever necessary. It’s usually recommended to have the chimney cleaned when there is at least 1/8″ of creosote deposits. Your annual inspection will check if cleaning or repairs are necessary. Some homeowners only need their chimney cleaned every few years but others require cleaning more than once a year. 

When should I have the chimney swept?

We recommend Chicago homeowners have their chimney inspected and cleaned in the late summer or early fall before you begin using your chimney. During the spring and summer, animals may have built nests that can clog your chimney chamber or flue. Winter freeze cycles and water can also take a toll on your chimney.

 
 

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