Chimney Sweep Removing All Creosote | Get Your Fireplace Or Wood Stove Cleaned By A Professional
Fire safety experts agree that all chimney flues should be swept clean and inspected regularly. Bethesda Chimney's certified chimney sweeps perform professional cleaning services for homes, businesses, and government buildings throughout Montgomery County, MD, Washington DC, and Northern VA. We can’t stress enough how vital a thorough and efficient chimney cleaning is for fire prevention. Safely removing hazardous stage 1 creosote from your fireplace prevents stage 2 and stage 3 flammable buildup. Our professional chimney cleaning service will also keep the indoor air you breathe cleaner and help avoid a devastating chimney fire.
For your safety, Bethesda Chimney encourages homeowners using wood or gas fuel appliances in the Washington, DC area to install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector within 15 feet of your fireplace or stove and test them regularly. If your CO detector sounds an alert, safely evacuate your home, then call 9-1-1 immediately!
Professional Chimney Cleaning
Our certified chimney sweeps arrive fully prepared to sweep your chimney safely and efficiently, following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. We use high quality chimney brushes and other professional supplies and equipment to safely remove soot, debris, and creosote from your flue and heating appliances when necessary. If creosote is not removed during regular chimney sweeping, it hardens into what is known as stage 3 creosote, a dark, tarry, and crusty substance that is extremely difficult to remove without proper training. It is also highly flammable and is the number one cause of house fires in the Washington Metropolitan Area and around the country.
Even if you have a gas heating appliance, your chimney, flue, and vents still need routine cleaning to remove corrosive residues that can damage the masonry, liner, and other components, allowing toxic carbon monoxide fumes to leak inside your home. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, and even death.
Power Sweep Chimney Cleaning
Bethesda Chimney has the power to clean even the most challenging flues. Our certified chimney technicians are equipped with the most technologically advanced Power Sweeping chimney tools in the industry, allowing us to perform the most thorough cleanings. Upgrade to a power sweep today, and see the excellent results!
Power Sweep Wood Stove Cleaning
A power sweep of the wood stove is usually required when stage two creosote is present. However, since the creosote is hardening into a more flammable material, it requires a more thorough cleaning using our sophisticated high-powered power sweeping tools. We will also thoroughly clean the wood stove interior.
Wood Stove Cleaning
When a wood stove is due for its annual cleaning and the buildup is stage 1 creosote, we will take the appliance apart to clean the wood stove pipes (usually from the top-down). We will also thoroughly clean the inside of the wood stove, removing any lingering soot, creosote, and debris. If you have glass on your wood stove door that will also be cleaned thoroughly.
Chimney & Fireplace Inspections
We are certified to perform all three chimney inspection levels per NFPA industry standards:
Our initial visit to your home will reveal the level of inspection required.
This is a basic visual inspection that every home with a chimney should have annually to ensure it is structurally sound with no apparent signs of damage, fire, or safety hazards.
We typically recommend a level 2 chimney inspection for most homeowners. This more advanced inspection often requires a special chimney camera to detect minor imperfections or other abnormalities that may not be visible in a standard level 1 visual inspection. In addition, it helps prevent minor damage from growing into more costly repairs or safety hazards later.
This is a comprehensive inspection typically performed when the chimney technician suspects damage, such as a water leak, in an area generally inaccessible, like behind an interior wall or under the mortar crown. In some cases, it may require removing entire sections of the chimney or cutting into the interior or exterior wall of the home to locate the source of the issue.
Expert Chimney Repairs
The certified chimney professionals at Bethesda Chimney are masonry experts that perform all chimney repairs with the highest quality of professionalism and workmanship.
- Chimney Cap
- Chimney Crown
- Flue Liner
- Interior/Exterior Masonry Work
- Chimney Rebuilds
- And more.
Certified Chimney Sweep in the Washington DC Area
Our commitment to providing clients with exceptional chimney sweep & repair services is why Bethesda Chimney is among the top companies in the DC-MD-VA region. Our friendly and knowledgeable certified chimney professionals serve homeowners in McLean VA, Sterling VA, Chevy Chase MD, Tysons VA, Springfield VA, North Bethesda MD, communities throughout Montgomery County MD, Washington DC, and Northern VA. Call 301-969-4444 or 703-935-4444 to schedule an appointment today!