What To Know Before We Sweep
As an important vent system in your home, your chimney is susceptible to damage from the elements, critters, and wear over time. Each chimney camera inspection is done to provide a detailed safety report of any moisture, fire, or animal damage that has occurred over time to the chimney components. We only perform sweeps after a chimney has been professionally inspected!
Direct Vent, Vent Free, or Natural Vent Fireplaces
- These are gas fireplaces with wall buttons to turn on the flame, or solid piece of glass on the front.
- Pilot light is not staying lit or turning off after a couple of minutes?
Please see our page on Direct Vent, Vent Free, Natural Vent Fireplace Inspections for more information.
Why Do I Need an Inspection Before a Sweep?
Masters Services Certified Chimney Professional visually inspects all components of the firebox and chimney for fire worthiness and camera inspects the flue. Checking to see if any water damage has occurred from a leak in the flashing, mortar crown, chimney chase, and maybe even from the chimney cap. Water Leak Inspections on chimneys is our specialty, roofers call us for water leaks. Cracks in the firebox or panels are the leading cause in chimney fires other than operator error. Common inspection issues include animal nesting debris, rusty broken dampers, lintel deterioration, smoke damage, and brick spalling. Call today for your chimney inspection.
All of our Chimney Inspections and Fireplace Inspections are done with the use of an i-Pad and a chimney camera. Upon completion of the inspections a copy of the report will be printed from our truck printer and emailed to you.
Getting a chimney camera inspection done can reveal potential issues inside your chimney. Often times, people are unaware of the safety concerns in their chimney. It’s impossible to determine issues without a chimney camera inspection. Thus, there is no way to physically see the inside of the chimney. Unless, special camera equipment is utilized.
After testing for code violations, Master Services then gives out an estimate. Estimates from Master Services includes what the exact code violations are. The estimate also provides specific details on how we would fix them, if we were to be hired.
Masters Services Chimney Sweep Process
Like a routine dental checkup or wellness exam, a chimney sweep for a chimney that is regularly inspected is a straightforward and hassle-free process!
In the 1st Stage, Creosote is Removed. This process is proven to be a no mess chimney cleaning that takes about 30 – 45 minutes.
1. After protecting your space with a tarp and bringing in our equipment, we start with a vacuum. The vacuum will clean up all the fallen creosote (soot).
2. Next we clean the pipe with poles that have a chimney sweep’s brush at the end. We run specialized brush poles all the way to the top of the chimney.
3. Finally, we clean all sides of the firebox and damper with hand brushes. Now all that’s left is to pack up the equipment and leave you with a clean chimney!
What is the Black Stuff in My Chimney? (Chimney Creosote)
What if 3rd Degree Glazed Creosote is Present?
Removing serious creosote buildup requires that a totally different process is performed before the Stage 1 chimney sweep can be performed. A dissolving material will be applied to absorb the stage 3 creosote. After 2 days or more the dissolving has stopped. Then a Stage 1 chimney cleaning is performed.
Cost of PCR application depends on difficulty and chimney height.
Until a chimney inspection is performed we will not know if you have 3rd degree glazed creosote.
Cannot be quoted over the phone.
Regular chimney cleaning and service will minimize the amount of creosote in the chimney and as a result, reduce the severity of a flue fire should it occur.
Ensuring the safety of your home is our top priority, having even a controlled fire in your home can be dangerous if the tools, your fireplace and all of it’s parts, are not maintained properly and kept in great condition.
Since our inception in 1996, we have always worked hard to offer our clients the best services and products available on the market for their homes. When we were unable to find the best chimney cap options, we were looking for one that was not only top of the class in performance but also offered the look and class that our clients wanted and deserved. We were looking for a product that would withstand time and weather. It was then, in 2005, when we decided the only way that we would be able to offer a product that we were happy to stand behind was to fabricate our own. Our chimney caps are made right here in house, custom to your home. They are never made in advance and sitting on a shelf to be purchased, we factually make them to fit your exact needs. Each chimney cap is made with 24 gauge colored metal, this allows us to offer you a polished design with no concern of the paint chipping or fading over time. We are so confident in our chimney caps that we offer transferable Lifetime Warranties with each chimney cap we make and install. It is not code to have a chimney cap, but the presence of a chimney cap and/or its condition will be noted in every chimney inspection. Contact us for a free cap estimate today!
Another key element that will be looked for during a chimney sweep and inspection is the chimney damper. Look at the damper as a door to your chimney, it needs to be open when the fireplace is burning to let out the hot air and carbon and closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep any air conditioning or heating from leaving your home. When it comes to routine chimney maintenance, a properly functioning chimney damper can save homeowners thousands of dollars a year in energy charges alone.
During chimney sweeps that we preform our technicians have commonly found rain damage to the fireplace and chase. This can happen for a few reasons, two of the most common reasons are the lack of a chimney cap as well as no waterproofing. As we previously discussed, a chimney cap protects your home from water damage. Waterproofing is vital to the life of your chase, it puts a breathable barrier between your brick and the weather. Without waterproofing your bricks and mortar can act like sponges, letting water into your fireplace and damaging the brick in the mean time. The application of waterproofing is simple and extremely effective in preventing this damage from occurring.
Why Hire Masters Services for My Chimney Sweep?
Masters Services is a Certified Chimney Professional and will visually inspect every chimney and firebox before performing a chimney sweep. Every inspection is done to provide a detailed safety report of any moisture, fire, or animal damage that has occurred over time to the chimney components.
Since our inception in 1996, we have always worked hard to offer our clients the best services and products available on the market for their homes. When we are unable to find those options, we are prepared to design and fabricate them ourselves! Masters Services offers customized steel solutions through our own Texas Steel Fabrication craftsmen who work in our headquarters warehouse in Denton, Texas.
With over 24 years of experience, our expert chimney sweeps know how to help you burn the safest fire in your home!
Master Services Inc. serves the following areas: Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Denton, Lewisville, Garland, Oak Cliff, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Carrolton, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Keller, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Irving, Denver, Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Centennial, Englewood, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Houston, Pearland, Sugarland, Missouri City, Pasadena, Spring, Katy, League City, Humble, Kingwood, Cypress, Oklahoma City, Moore, Edmond, Norman and more.
If you do not see your city here contact us anyway, chances are that we service you!
The More You Know: Chimney Caps
During a chimney inspection our technicians will look for a properly installed chimney cap. Chimney caps come in many different shapes and sizes. Getting a cap that is professionally measured and installed on your chimney will help to eliminate water leaks, birds and other animals from getting into your chimney as well as help to prevent the deterioration of your chimney chase. Once your chase has started to break down the integrity and safety of your entire chimney and fireplace are at risk.
Chimney caps are also commonly called flue caps, toppers, or even “the roof over my chimney”, no matter what you are looking for we can assist you in the design, fabrication and installation of a chimney cap on your home to keep your chimney operating at peak performance as well as looking polished off.
As a chimney sweep we are not only the installer but also the fabricator of custom chimney caps.
Masters Services Certified Chimney Professional has been in the fireplace industry in Texas and Oklahoma since 1996.
Masters Services handles every chimney related repair, product, and installation for your chimney and your fireplace. We keep current with the new codes, products, materials, and new methods for repairing or upgrading your chimney. If you have an idea for a chimney product and we do not offer that product contact us and we will look into offering it or becoming a dealer for that product.
As a Certified Chimney Professional, Masters Services has inspected over 80,000 chimney and fireplaces in any and every condition. A homeowner never really knows how dirty the chimney flue is until a chimney professional has completed a thorough inspection. We have often found that the fireplace looks remodeled and appears to be brand spanking new, when in fact the chimney was never serviced and is a complete fire hazard. New home buyers should always get the chimney inspected by a Certified Chimney Professional in addition to the home inspector.