Chimney caps coated with creosote

Dirty chimney caps

Chimney cleaning in Portland occurs on a year-round basis. You may come across some homeowners who engage in DIY chimney cleaning projects, and you may consider chimney cleaning as an easy task. You could attempt to engage in chimney sweeping by yourself to save money. This kind of approach may end in chimney or fireplace failure.

This is an important annual maintenance item that should be handled by the experts. Professional chimney sweep providers are trained to inspect, clean and repair chimneys and fireplaces. They have the right equipment for creosote removal and the experience for inspecting your chimney and fireplace for deterioration and damage. Making sure everything is functioning properly.  When the work is performed they’ll protect your home from dirt & soot.

Creating a Mess? What are your odds?

If you have a wood-burning stove, there are greater chances of you creating a mess. That is because pipes must be disconnected and moved outdoors before cleaning. Next, you should sweep the chimney completely. The right type of brush should be used to prevent damages on the chimney pipes. With a professional chimney cleaning service provider, you don’t have to worry about “brushes” or the “flues”. The experts will handle it for you!

The Crucial Stage!

“Inspection” is an important part of chimney cleaning services. Reputed service providers work with video devices to inspect chimneys. Cameras and video equipment can spot problems that increase the risks of hazards. The professional looks for clogs, breaks, flammable nests, blown sections (tiles), construction faults and clearance for combustibles too. If your chimney has the potential for carbon monoxide or fire hazards, the service provider will let you know. Remember, you need a trained eye to spot these flaws.

Inspection points-

There are 21 points on a standard inspection form that establish a baseline inspection. This is an image of a chimney inspection report form (click on the image to enlarge):

Selecting a chimney cleaning service-

By law in Oregon, chimney cleaning and repair service businesses need to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. This ensures that a contractor is licensed, bonded and insured, and that in-house employees are covered by a Workmans Compensation policy. It is possible that a single person operation would hire temporary help through a temporary labor agency that provides the workers’ compensation insurance. In this case, the contractor would not be required to have a WC policy for himself. Click here to find out if a chimney service is registered with the CCB.

The ugly reality about the CCB-

The CCB does not test chimney sweeps on their knowledge or skill in the trade. Nor do they test for masonry skills or woodstove installation skills. Do your homework when selecting a chimney cleaning and repair company.