What do you need to do to get ready for your Denver chimney sweep?
We offer a no-muss no-fuss chimney sweep experience. Our technician is prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. He will arrive in a logoed vehicle in uniform with the tools he needs to give you top notch service. We use a HEPA filtered vacuum system to ensure that there is minimal mess to cleanup during the sweep this also will keep any soot particles out of your living area and air.
Q. How often do I need to sweep my chimney?
The Nation Fire Protection Association suggests that you should have a Denver chimney sweep come out yearly to make sure that your chimneys are operating properly, that there is no soot build up, that the dampers are working and that the firebox is sound – this also takes into account the fact that sometimes there are other obstructions like nests or other types of deterioration.
Q. I have a gas fireplace does it need to be swept as well?
Certainly you should have a Denver Chimney sweep come to check the integrity of the system; a sweep can clear things from the flue that you may not be aware of like nests or debris.
Q. I get smoke downstairs when I burn a fire upstairs, why is this happening?
Sometimes especially in newer homes, the house is fairly airtight and you may end up with a pressure difference that causes air and therefore smoke, to be sucked down a nearby chimney flue that is not in use. A Denver chimney sweep can help you to install a top mounted damper that seals tightly to help control this situation.
A Denver chimney sweep can always give you a quote on new chimney caps or a standard inspection/sweep, can install bird guards to prevent nesting in your chimney or intrusion by raccoons, possums and other wildlife as well as provide you with solutions for creosote buildup and more.
Sometimes before a chimney can be swept properly our Denver chimney sweep will leave a creosote remover for you to burn in your fireplace to make the glaze of creosote break up so that it will make the sweep more effective. If this needs to be done our sweep will schedule another appointment to ensure that your chimney is effectively cleaned.
Historically; cleaning the inside of the soot-filled chimney flues was a dangerous and hard job because of the narrowness of chimney flues and the amount of soot and dust the sweeps were exposed to. For this reason, the job was left to poor orphan boys brought in by the chimney master or children sold by their parents into the trade. The poor little guys served as indentured servants to the chimney master in exchange for a bed, food and water. The children were then taught the trade. The children climbed into the chimneys to scrape off the coal deposits and brush the walls of the chimney with little brushes.
A famous poem about chimney sweeps, probably the most well known… if you are inclined;
Songs of Innocence – The chimney sweeper
by William Blake
When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!
So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.
There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,
That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved: so I said,
"Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair."
And so he was quiet; and that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight, -
That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, and Jack,
Were all of them locked up in coffins of black.
And by came an angel who had a bright key,
And he opened the coffins and set them all free;
Then down a green plain leaping, laughing, they run,
And wash in a river, and shine in the sun.
Then naked and white, all their bags left behind,
They rise upon clouds and sport in the wind;
And the angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy,
He'd have God for his father, and never want joy.
And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark,
And got with our bags and our brushes to work.
Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm;
So if all do their duty they need not fear harm.
Fortunately our Denver chimney sweep is neither orphaned nor as unhappy as this poem reflects! Sweeping chimneys has come a very long way. He will happily sweep your chimney and diagnose any of the problems he finds as well. He can provide you an estimate for any of the work that needs to take place to get your fireplace and chimney in tip-top shape and he can schedule a time that works with your busy schedule to come back and do the work. Our Denver chimney sweep is available most everyday and can easily set up an appointment that works for you. With a couple of days of lead time we can be available at your convenience.
One of the largest animals we have removed from a chimney in Denver was a raccoon, problematic for our technician because she had several kits with her and fishing them out one by one was tricky. Sometimes we can use a technique that utilizes male raccoon pheromones to scare the mother into doing the work for us, removing babies and leaving the area. This time that was not an option, so our Denver chimney sweep had to trap and bait all of the animals from the chimney before he could seal the chimney with a raccoon proof chimney cap! So far there have been no recurrences and our customers in Denver are very pleased.
A chimney cap can help screen out birds, squirrels, possums, raccoons as well as other critters that my find your chimney intriguing. Our Denver chimney sweep can set you up with handsome caps for your homes to not only keep your chimney safe from animals but the elements as well.