Masters Services is the best Houston chimney sweep service provider. Why? They have two Certified Chimney Professionals on staff, one being a Certified Master Chimney Technician.
Houston Texas! Home of the Texans, Astros, Dash, Rockets and the Dynamo and let’s not forget the Oilers, the throwback name of the Tennessee Titans. (Depending on your age, you may already know this.) It’s the 4th most populated city in the nation. I can only imagine how many homes cover the 8,778 square miles. I wonder how many homes with fireplaces are nestled on all of those acres. Why does that question arise you ask? Because Masters Services is the best Houston Chimney Sweep!
A chimney sweep is described on Wikipedia as a human worker who clears ash and soot from chimneys. The perfect example of a chimney sweep that comes to mind that a majority of us would recognize would be one from the movie “Mary Poppins”. Dick Van Dyke played the character of Bert, Mary’s closest friend. He was a jack of all trades, including a chimney sweep! Remember the scene all the other chimney sweeps dancing around with soot on their faces and chimney brushes in hand? I knew you would! It was quite a number.
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Today, when it comes to a Houston Chimney Sweep as a term, used more in regards to the actual cleaning of the chimney. When people call a chimney company, they will state that their chimney needs to be swept or they need an inspection and sweep. They don’t call in and ask for a chimney sweeper. The technicians also look a little different from those days as well. Instead of a beret or a top hat, it’s a fitted cap. Instead of suspenders, it’s now a belt. And the pants they wear, are usually long enough to cover their ankles! In another blog we will go deeper into the history of Houston Chimney Sweep. That’s actually a little heavier than I choose go for at the moment. The greatest change of all is that no one has climb up in the chimney to clean it now! They use a chimney brush instead. So if anything gets stuck, it will be the brush.
Now days, there are numerous rules and regulations set in place to make sure homes are kept safe. Before, as long as the chimney was swept by anyone people felt it was safe to use. Times have surely changed for the better. Some people still believe that anyone can clean their chimney. Indeed they can. But if you would like to make sure the fire you’re lighting won’t be your last because it’s going to burn down your home, then I suggest you find a certified chimney specialist and hire them instead. Keep in mind that these rules and regulations were put in place to keep you and your family safe.
How We are the Best Houston Chimney Sweep Service
There are many reasons why Masters Services is the best Houston chimney sweep service. We have two Certified Chimney Professionals on staff with our founder also earning his Certified Master Chimney Technician certificate. This is important because when considering to hire a chimney professional you would want to know he actually knows the current codes and procedures in the hearth industry. All of Masters Services fireplace and chimney inspections are provided by email and printed with images, explanations, and videos. To my knowledge other chimney company is doing both. Video inspections are the most important service we provide proving the chimney lining integrity is either in good condition or is in need of relining. The best Houston chimney sweep does video inspections with well written home style inspection reports.
Houston homeowners should make sure when receiving an estimate or a chimney safety inspection that it is clear and informative. The inspection or estimates should have images for each item inspected, pass or fail per item inspected or estimated, and or code cited for repair that may be needed.
Chimney Liner Inspected
the chimney liner is the outer layer lining the inside of the chimney flue. A liner is required per fire code NFPA 211. The liner must be crack free and smooth. Chimney service providers that have not been certified would not know this fire code. The chimney lining can ONLY be inspected by a video camera on a pole going up the entire chimney. A liner inspected by eye sight or a flashlight is not properly passing any chimney for fire safe worthiness. You just cannot simply see the middle of the chimney even if its big and clear all the way up. As a Certified Master Chimney Technician, I have seen too many flues that looked safe only to find out there id a huge crack or missing mortar half way up the chimney. These are chimneys that clearly look easy to see but you simply just cannot see it enough to accurately pass the chimney for safe usage.
Smoke Chamber Paring
A repair that is often not know by a non certified chimney company is the proper inspection of the smoke chamber. Is the smoke chamber lined and smooth leading up the the flue. If not the NFPA 211 clearly states that the smoke chamber must be parged smooth to pass inspection. You would not even know that if not certified. If your brick is stair stepping above the damper to the start of the chimney flue then your chimney doe not pass inspection. Masters Services is the best Houston chimney sweep because we follow all safety codes guide lines for chimney repairs. We have purchased the equipment to properly parge a smoke shelf properly. A relining of the smoke shelf that has been parged is a common repair that we find in chimney inspections. Linings are less expensive because it takes about one third of the time to line versus parging.
When are you preparing this season for your Houston chimney sweep, call the best around, Masters Services (713) 723-4854.