Fireplace Cleaning

Fireplace Cleaning Preserves Fireplace Beauty and Functionality

The chimney isn't the only part of your fireplace that needs cleaning. Instead, the entire unit must be cleaned at some points. How frequently this is needed depends on how often you use your fireplace and which fuel type it uses. using the right tools around your fire place can boost the experience of having and maintaining a fire place as well. Items such as; Brushes, soot pale/soot trap box, soot shovels, fireplace tool rack, ember catcher/screen, fire extinguisher, fire safe gloves the list can be as simple as that for you can have more complex set-ups, but know the bare minimum and make sure to regularly clean out your fire box between uses.

Gas fireplaces need fireplace cleaning to keep all of their ports and controllers clear of soot and working well. This type of fireplace can need cleaning before it looks dirty, so its ports don't get clogged. this includes cleanings on items such as the thermo-pile, thermo-couple, Pilot, gas line, flue, fan blow out, not to mention cleaning off the logs of any soot build up, while seemingly unimportant that soot build up can become dangerous and may even begin to affect your health. many more items may need servicing in a gas set up due to many elements such as gas, electricity, mortar, metalwork, etc. make sure if you have a gas stove you keep up with its yearly maintenance while not accounting for quite as many house fires as wood burning stoves they can be just as if not more volatile once they occur.

Wood-burning fireplaces look dirty much faster thanks to the smoky soot that is produced in abundance. While they typically, in Washington, are one of the best choices for a secondary or even primary source(s) of heat they can require a lot of maintenance compared to gas stoves because of the many factors that play into running a long lasting and safe fire place, Creosote is the biggest enemy in the fireplace industry and in wood burning stoves they are found in great abundance. Creosote is in simplest terms when you have a surface soot can stick to, in Washington, the most common occurrence is the moisture in the air makes the flues of the chimney damp and then soot and moisture build up on each other in a cycle day after day until you have thick layers of creosote, pushing past that creosote can actually harden past its soft fluffy state and condense into a rock like texture where it can become extremely flammable and pose major risk for house fires. its highly recommended in Washington to get a chimney sweep at least once per year if not more depending on the moisture levels in your area and how often you burn. you can help keep your self 

paying a lot less for cleaning maintenance with simple tricks like buying local dry 1 year aged wood (here at ACE we have found that 1 year dry aged Doug Fir is the best wood to burn to keep high heat and low soot levels. 

Here are a few good tips for fire place (gas or wood burning) users:

1. Use 1 year aged dry wood (this helps keep moisture levels down and maximum burn per soot ratio)

2. Empty out fire box between uses of debris.

3.leave damper open between 10-20 minutes after the fire has gone out to allow draft to carry as much soot from chimney as possible.

4if you are experiencing smoke in your house and you KNOW your chimney is cleaned it may be that the flue is cold and needs to be warmed up, sometimes starting a small fire and moving it around the flue helps warm the flue up enough to allow the draft to start doing its work. if you do not know the state of your chimney, have it inspected, if you have a certified professional come to your homer they can give you an idea of the cleanliness of your chimney or creosote levels to help determine the reason.

5. spray a moss repellant two times a year (before fall and after winter) over your chimney and the shingles of your home.

6. while having less fires means less soot having no fires can also negatively affect your chimney, lighting a fire 2-4 times a year, depending on the size of your fire places, can be very beneficial in getting rid of things like pesky animals trying to nest, bacterial growth, insects, and like any good piece of brick/terracotta or metal that's exposed to fire, its always good to season it especially in Washington's harsher parts of winter

7. At least once per year have a professional come out to assess the state of your chimney, fire place, and other elements of your fire place to help keep you and your family safe through the burning seasons. while there is a lot home owners can do to keep up with there fire places its always best to have an experienced professional give an evaluation on everything from creosote levels to brick, mortar, flashing, and other structural fire place issues that can get worse as time passes.

Here at ACE Chimney Sweep Washington, we offer fireplace cleaning, repair, install, and even rebuild services for gas, wood, and other systems connected to fire place needs. Call us to restore the operation and beauty of your fireplace today.