When we think of hiring a chimney sweep company…
we are normally thinking about getting ready to safely use our fireplaces and/or gas or oil furnace for the winter. What we don’t think about are the environmental problems that these chimneys can cause. These illnesses can be mild, but they can also be severe and even cause loss of life. It happens all the time from carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide poisoning.
Environmental Chimney Sweep, Inc. located between Asheville and Hendersonville North Carolina understands that the safety of your family includes protecting them from any potential danger from fire and illnesses caused by not keeping your chimney appliance in top working condition.
Most Important Chimney Services for your home and business.
- Detailed Chimney Inspections. By adhering to National Fire Protection Association Code 211, we inspect your chimney using the three levels of inspection system. Upon inspection we will give you a detailed analysis of the structural integrity of your chimney, and the cleaning and maintenance it may require to bring it up to code and make it safe.
- Chimney Cleaning. The best defense is often a great offense, and cleaning your chimney on an annual basis is a great offensive move when it comes to keeping your family safe from harm.
- Chimney Repairs – Deterioration of the Flue. Deadly gases can find their way into your home through even the smallest cracks. Fortunately, most of the time, the problems of deteriorating wood, gas, or oil furnace flues can be corrected without completely rebuilding your chimney. With continued maintenance, inspection, and repair, your home and loved ones can be protected.
Many homeowners in the North Carolina area do not realize that even if they do not have a fireplace or woodstove, they do have a chimney if they use natural gas or an oil furnace. These flues vent poisonous and lethal gases out of your house. Without proper maintenance, these can lead to very serious health problems, including death.
A look at the inside these chimneys will show how acid-laden residue from the furnace can attack a flue. The original clay liner can erode away, and be missing pieces. Mortar and bricks can be loose or falling, and moisture from gas furnaces can leech through to the homes’ interior walls. With continued use, more erosion will take place, possibly leading to leaks in the flue, complete flue blockage, or possibly even carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s occupants.
Many chimneys venting gas or oil furnaces may appear to be in fine condition on the outside. But inside it could be a completely different situation. Yesterday’s chimneys were not designed for venting today’s more energy efficient furnaces. However, Environmental Chimney Sweep has a myriad of options available for updating and maintaining these types of furnace flues.
When a chimney has cracked flue tile, clearances to combustible materials are compromised. Sparks may possibly escape through, causing combustibles to ignite, which may lead to a house fire and even death. We urge every homeowner to have their chimney inspected on a regular basis to keep their home and their family safe from fire hazards.