Who doesn’t love a cozy fire on a chilly night here in the Midwest? If you have lived in this part of the country for long, you know how beneficial it is to have a fireplace or wood stove…and if you’re new to the area, you’re certainly going to find out!

Did you know your chimney and fireplace need to be cleaned on a regular basis? In fact, most chimney companies and industry organizations will tell you to book an inspection and sweep at least once every year.

You would be surprised to know how many people don’t know that keeping your chimney and fireplace clean and swept is a major part of what helps keep it working effectively. English Sweep, Inc. is here to take care of all of your fireplace and chimney needs. If you’d like to schedule, give us a call or reach out online today.

Why Should My Chimney Be Inspected & Swept?

The main reason for having your chimney swept is to remove creosote buildup, soot, and any other debris that has accumulated. Creosote is that gunky, dark substance that is created when you burn wood. The problem with creosote is that it is highly combustible and is typically the culprit responsible for most chimney fires. 

Another plus to sweeping your chimney is it allows us to remove any other debris or blockages that can mess with airflow – which would then make using your fireplace or wood stove less enjoyable and less safe.

black, puffy creosote inside of a metal pipe

What Does Chimney Cleaning Involve?

So what happens when you have your chimney cleaned? When you choose English Sweep to clean your chimney (also called a chimney sweeping) you can count on our expert technicians to not only sweep your entire system from the fireplace or wood stove up, but we’ll also be sure to keep the rest of your home clean while doing so. 

What else sets our chimney cleaning services apart from the rest, you ask?

For starters, the equipment we use and the guarantee we provide on our services. Our certified technicians use HEPA filter vacuums, as well as professional brushes, to make sure that the dust and other allergens don’t make their way into your home.

Our chimney sweepings also include a level 2 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) inspection which is a great way for us to catch any issues or damages that could lead to further problems for your household. 

Our chimney cleanings (sweepings) cover the following areas:

  • Firebox
  • Smoke Chamber
  • Smoke Shelf or Thimble
  • Chimney Flue
  • Damper Assembly
  • Rooftop
  • Chimney Caps
  • Exterior Chimney or Pipe Vent

Once our techs are done, they will go over the process with you and let you know the condition of your chimney or vent. They’ll also inform you of any repairs or recommendations they have to keep your chimney system in prime condition.

What Factors Impact How Often You Should Have Your Chimney Cleaned?

Things like how often you use your chimney and the type of fuel you burn play a role in this. Additionally, if you buy a home or move to a rental with a fireplace or wood stove, you’ll want to make sure to give us a call or reach out to us online so we can inspect it and clean it before you use it.

It is also important to keep an eye out for things like soot spillage, smoke coming into your home, or any staining on walls around your fireplace. 

In the end, it’s always better to play it safe when it comes to your inspections and sweepings. If you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate position of having your home struck by lightning, damaged by a tree or severe weather, or in need of care after a chimney or house fire, call us right away to look things over. These issues tend to cause damage that affect the way your chimney system works. 

masonry chimney with smoke coming out

Safety is our number one priority, so be sure to pick up that phone and call English Sweep if you are concerned about any of the above.

Reach Out – We’re Here for You

We know you have plenty of companies to choose from here in St. Louis, MO when it comes to finding someone to clean and service your chimney. However when you choose English Sweep, Inc., you can rest assured you’re hiring a team that will treat you better than all the rest. We take pride in providing quality work and excellent customer service, and we even offer a lifetime warranty on all of our work. 

Give us a call today to see how we can help with your chimney needs. You can also book your next sweeping or inspection with us online.