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Our expertly technicians have been trained to completely inspect your chimney and appliance from top to bottom. Our documentation and evaluations are what set us apart from the rest. As defined by the NFPA there are three different levels of inspections to choose from.
We specialize in complete chimney and fireplace cleanings. We use the latest power sweeping tools that is more effective and safer for you flue system.
Cliff (the company owner) actually lays the brick and is on the job with the helpers. All of our masonry work comes with a 5 year labor warranty and all of our products are either lifetime or 10 year warranty.
Chimney liners are usually made from a masonry material. These are great heat insulators and make your chimney air tight for a better draw. When left exposed to the weather, moss, or high heat from a chimney fire, they begin to deteriorate or crack. This causes a poor draw and allow creosote and flames to escape the flue. Once these clay liners have been compromised a great way to repair the problem is installing a stainless steel chimney liner. Most homeowners insurance covers chimney fire damage. All of our chimney liners have a lifetime warranty and can stand the high temperature in case of chimney fire.
Oil Furnace Sweep
Despite what you may think, your furnace cleaning company most likely has never even looked at your chimney. All oil furnaces vent carbon monoxide, sulfur and oil residue into your chimney’s lining system. The oil residues build up and can cause an oil fire, the sulfur mixes with condensation or rain, becomes sulfuric acid and will eat away at the flue lining allowing the carbon monoxide to escape. These are a fire hazard and a health hazard they need to be swept every year.
Chimneys are in a constant state of deterioration and most will leak at some point. We have specialized, proven methods and materials to solve this problem. Don’t call a roofer, call Rooftop Chimney!
We can handle your chimney and other brickwork as well.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer vent fires are dramatically increasing in the United States and have become one of the top 5 reasons for house fires. Dryer vent fires occur when there is a build up of lint in the vent hose. Once the vent is blocked it builds up an excess of heat and catches on fire. If you’re dryer seems hotter than normal, your clothes are taking longer to dry, or you just haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in over a year: you are at risk for a dryer fire.
Stove Sales and Installation
Thinking about a new wood, gas or pellet stove? Give us a call for a free in home consultation purchasing and installing a new stove that will fit your exact needs. With an array of all different stove fuels and sizes we guarantee we will have what you are looking for.
Some Good Reasons To Have Your Chimney Properly Inspected And Cleaned
Almost everyone is trying to save money these days, and with a vengeance. After all, the sting of various present day economic factors has given most of us a rash to one degree or another. Having delivered my services, first as a chimney sweep and later performing full-blown masonry repair, I am reasonably certain that I can give some advice that will save you, the homeowner, a decent amount of money in the near term and/or long term. My observation over the last 20 years is that in the Portland, Ore. metro area the chimney trade is divided up into 3 types of technical persons:
- A Chimney Sweep who only performs chimney cleaning and installation of raincaps and dampers. Some may write repair estimates that would be performed by a mason within the company. Hopefully the sweep knew what he was looking at when he wrote the bid (sometimes they do not). Sometimes they do not inspect thoroughly enough. There are some very good sweeps in the Portland area, and some that make me shake my head (Like the one that told one of my customers that she needed a “stainless steel lining system” for her furnace chimney to remedy a carbon monoxide leak in her basement. They based their assessment on the “fact” that they could smell the carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless).
- Repair Technicians that prefer to do the smaller, less technically involved repairs.
- Masons that perform large jobs and technically difficult jobs.
Of course, there are exceptions, but the 3 descriptions above are what I have observed in the previous 20 years out in the field, and they apply to the big boys on the block. The one or two man operations are a different story.
The point here is that it is critical that whoever is attempting to sell you a repair or service had better know what they are looking at, and have the integrity to do a thorough inspection. Your money is wasted if you purchase a repair that you did not need or worse, purchased the wrong repair.
Cliff proceeding with the inside portion of an un-lined wood stove insert cleaning. This particular insert (per the customer) had been cleaned yearly for the previous 5 years by another company.
Halfway into this portion of the cleaning, Cliff has his doubts that the insert had been properly cleaned in the previous 5 years. He spent over an hour cleaning out what the other company had not. On an unlined wood stove insert, it is imperative that the insert be pulled out and the overhead smoke chamber is properly cleaned. The smoke shelf (a cavity behind the back wall of the firebox) needs to be vacuumed out, as much soot falls into this cavity during the outside sweep. The smoke shelf is usually vacuumed out by passing a vacuum hose up through the damper and down into the smoke shelf.