There is a certain level of coziness and ambiance that comes with a wood burning fireplace. But there is also some risk associated with a fire, making regular chimney cleaning a necessity. Professional chimney cleaning is required when there is at least ¼ inch of build up in the chimney flue. Once it has reached this point, the creosote becomes a fire hazard. Chimney fires are one of the leading causes of house fires with more than 25,000 chimney fires reported annually. A simple chimney sweep and inspection can drastically help to reduce the risk of starting a chimney fire in your home.

A chimney cleaning is performed primarily to remove the highly flammable creosote buildup from inside the chimney which is essential in order to safely operate the fireplace.

A chimney sweep also allows us to discover any defects in your fireplace and chimney system that could also post a potential hazard in the future. In a masonry fireplace, the fireplace damper must be removed to gain the necessary amount of access to the smoke chamber for a thorough cleaning and inspection.

We recommend that you have a chimney sweep and inspection done annually. During a chimney sweep, we do a full inspection of the top of the chimney including the chimney cap, chimney crown, flashing, chase cover, and masonry work. We then proceed to inspect the inside of the fireplace and chimney which includes the damper, lintel, hearth, firebox, smoke chamber, and the ash dump door. The technician will typically clean the chimney from the top of the chimney for masonry fireplaces and from the bottom for prefabricated fireplaces. However, if roof access is restricted by slate shingles, very steep roofs or other obvious reason, then the chimney for masonry fireplaces will be cleaned from the bottom up.

If you have not had your chimney cleaned within the past two years, you may be fostering conditions that could potentially start a chimney fire. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your chimney not only greatly reduces the danger of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, but it also improves the efficiency of your chimney. Our chimney sweep services ensure that your chimney is cleaned in the safest and most effective manner possible.

Plus, we won’t leave a mess in your home. Being a leading chimney cleaning company, we perform a very clean service and always lay down drop cloths to protect our work space while performing a chimney cleaning and use a high-powered vacuum specifically designed to control the amount of dust. We take extreme care in our work and ensure that your home looks as great when we leave as it did when we arrived. We are well-known specifically for gracefully handling the crucial tasks like fireplace cleaning and repair which makes us a top-notch fireplace cleaning company.

Finding prices for a standard chimney cleaning and inspection service in your area is very easy, just click the price button and find your location. Don’t play with fire. Call the experts at A Step In Time and let us thoroughly inspect and clean your chimney. You’ll feel safer and your fires will burn better when you work with A Step In Time.

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Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a licensed professional engineer with master’s degree in civil engineering.

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Rufus Jones is the Northern Virginia future franchisee. Rufus has been working at A Step in Time for over 10 years and is a wonderful person.

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Frances Verhofstadt is the corporate office manager and has wored in customer service her entire life. She has a wonderful personality and is Ray’s mother in law.

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Jeff Hughes has known Ray for over 15 years. Jeff is currently in charge of the corporate expansion of the Greater Richmond area. Jeff is definitely an intelligent and great chimney technician.