When was the last time your chimney was cleaned? Inspected?
Regular chimney inspection and cleaning helps prevent fires, protects your family’s health, and in the long run, can save you money on major repairs. Whether you’re burning logs or firing up the gas fireplace, chimney maintenance should be done on an annual basis.
Potomac Services – Certified Chimney Sweeps
The technicians at Potomac Services are highly trained and experienced in maintaining equipment, diagnosing issues, and repairing chimneys. We are highly trained and certified annually by the Chimney Safety Institute of America – following the high standards, methods and codes outlined by the organization. This means that you can rest assured that when we come into your home, we treat it, and the job at hand with the respect and care it deserves. Should our technician discover any issues that need repair, we provide options to restore your chimney system to its optimal working condition.
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Our Chimney Sweep Services
Life’s busy. And sometimes, routine chimney and fireplace maintenance gets pushed down to the bottom of the To Do List. However, it’s incredibly important. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that all chimneys have an annual cleaning and inspection. Whether you use your chimney often or just a few times a year, they have many parts that can be damaged by water, fire, normal wear and tear, and lack of use.
Bring chimney cleaning back to the top of your To Do list with a call to Potomac Services. We offer inspections and cleaning service to meet your needs.
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Your fireplace is made for containing fires that keep you and your home warm while getting rid of the by-product substances produced when wood burns. These substances include: smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon volatile, tar fog, and assorted minerals. As they exit the fireplace or wood stove and flow up to cooler places in your chimney, they can build up and form creosote. If creosote is not cleaned, it can lead to flue blockages and chimney fires. Plus, animals, bird nests, water, and other outside material can also enter your chimney, causing hidden dangers in your home. All of these potential hazards make it incredibly important to have your chimney system inspected and swept regularly.
Potomac Services employs a variety of cleaning techniques to remove chimney deposits. The method recommended for your chimney will depend on the type of deposits and the type of chimney you have.
- Standard Sweeping: This is the standard or basic cleaning process and involves the use of brushes to remove deposits on the chimney flue liner.
- Mechanical Cleaning: This involves the use of wire brushes, plastic cables, or special chains rotated at a high speed by an electric motor. It often employed to remove hard creosote or glazed creosote deposits.
- Chemical Cleaning: Special chemicals may be used to loosen or dissolve heavy deposits of creosote and glaze. This can be used in conjunction with a mechanical cleaning.
Burn your first fire of the season knowing your chimney is safe from fire hazards. Potomac Services uses a high definition video inspection system to give us an up-close look at the inner workings of your chimney system. This helps us better evaluate what is going on and how to fix it.
When any component of your chimney is damaged or not functioning properly, it is important that you repair it before you use it again. Using your chimney with issues can put you, your family, and your home at risk.
Ready to get your chimney back in to top shape? Potomac Services can help.
From chimney leaks and relines, to cleaning or general chimney repair, we are trained to diagnose and fix any chimney issue that you may have. Our services include:
- Chimney Liner Installation
- Chimney Waterproofing
- Chimney Cap Installation, Repair and Replacement
- Chimney Crown Repair
- Top Mounted Damper Repair & Replacement
- Chimney Flashings
- Tuck Pointing
- Firebox re-pointing and rebuilding
- Flue repair
- Creosote removal
- Custom Chase Covers
Enjoy the warmth that only a fireplace can bring. Get yours back into safe and efficient working order with Potomac Services.