Looking after your chimney is a key component of essential home maintenance. A clean and functional chimney maintains proper function for your fireplace, protects your home from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, and keeps your fireplace beautiful and safe. Both the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) recommend that chimneys and fireplaces be inspected, cleaned and maintained at least once a year for optimum safety and cleanliness.
The Right Chimney Service For Your Fireplace
Irish Sweep is the best chimney cleaning provider in the Bay Area for efficient and safe service, and outstanding cleaning results. Irish Sweep can clean deposits from your chimney, evaluate the integrity of your chimney, and provide assurance that your chimney and fireplace are up to safety codes and standards. Whether you enjoy nights by a roaring open fire, or the charming comfort of a wood burning stove, Irish Sweep can provide the expert service to enhance your unique installation.
Nothing compares to the comfort and elegance of an open fireplace. If you have an open fireplace in your Bay Area home, Irish Sweep can provide the perfect service and cleaning to keep your open fireplace roaring bright and strong. Creosote, ash and other deposits can build up over time within your fireplace chimney, narrowing the chimney opening and increasing the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Deposit buildups are also unstable, and can contribute to disintegration and destabilization of your chimney structure. This can lead to a collapse at any time. In the case of an open fireplace, regular chimney cleaning and maintenance is even more essential. Without proper service and care, ash and debris can fall from your open fireplace, leading to the need for an expensive and difficult cleanup. Irish Sweep keeps you home comfortable and safe with expert chimney sweeping for Bay Area open fireplaces.
Wood Burning Stoves
More efficient than open fireplaces and perfect for keeping the whole home or a large room warm and cozy, wood burning stoves are a popular natural heating option across the greater Bay Area. Regular chimney cleaning helps your wood burning stove to function more safely and efficiently. Thorough chimney cleaning for wood burning stoves is essential to reduce carbon monoxide release and to maintain the integrity of your chimney. No matter how clean the fuel you burn is, even the smallest amount of creosote buildup in your chimney can create the conditions for a chimney fire. The Bay Area chimney sweep technicians at Irish Sweep are expertly trained to remove even more soot, debris, ash and creosote buildup for a cleaner, more efficient chimney. Irish Sweep provides the best wood burning stove chimney cleaning to keep your home cozy and warm while keeping your air and home safe.
Wood Burning Inserts
The addition of a wood burning insert transforms your fireplace into an energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating source. Wood burning inserts function within the space of an existing fireplace, but help to maximize the heat retained in your home when compared to a traditional open fireplace. Irish Sweep specialize in installing, cleaning and maintain wood burning inserts, so you can enjoy all the benefits of a natural wood burning fire, without the emissions and heat loss.
One of the many benefits of wood burning inserts is that they are designed to burn up the harmful combustion byproducts that traditional open fireplaces release. This means that they are not only more environmentally friendly, but that with the proper service and maintenance, wood burning inserts chimneys can remain safer and cleaner. With the cleaning offered by Irish Sweep across the Bay Area, your wood burning fireplace insert can function more efficiently and effectively than ever.
Repairs To Chimney Liners
You may not be able to see or notice your chimney liner, but it performs an essential function for your fireplace. A chimney liner protects your chimney from damage and maintains its structure and integrity, as well as making your chimney fire safe. Chimney liners can become damaged over time as deposits build up inside them and constant use weakens the liner material. Chimney liners must be kept strong, clean and intact to protect your home from the risk of fire.
At Irish Sweep, our priority is finding the right solution to match the needs of your home and family, and guarantee your safety.
Irish Sweep can replace your current liner with a stainless steel chimney liner inside your existing chimney. Stainless steel liners are incredibly durable, safe and easy to clean, so they make chimney service easier. Stainless steel liners can help to improve the safety of your fireplace while reducing your chimney maintenance costs over time. Installing a stainless steel chimney liner involves removing the backwall of your firebox to sculpt a new smoke chamber. This process allows the stainless steel chimney liner to be properly fitted and maintained.
Irish Sweep also specialize in coating the inside of a chimney with ceramic material to make it fire safe. The ceramic material helps to insulate and absorb heat, protecting your home from fire.
Installation of Dampers and Flue Caps
As a part of our professional chimney service, Irish Sweep can also install dampers and flue caps for your fireplace or stove.
A fireplace damper can be installed on your chimney can help retain warmth, similar to a glass door enclosure, in your home for greater efficiency and comfort. A damper is like a valve that can be opened and closed to allow air to pass through your chimney. When you are burning a fire, the damper should always be left open to allow smoke, ash and embers to escape. However, when there is no fire burning, the damper can be shut. This prevents drafts and the escape of warm air through the chimney when there is no fire burning. Dampers can improve the temperature control and energy efficiency of your home.
Irish Sweep are your experts for professional installation or replacement for Bay Area chimney dampers. Irish Sweep can both fit and install the right damper for your fireplace, while removing an old damper.
Irish Sweep can also install flue caps to protect your chimney from water intrusion. Flue caps, also known as chimney caps, protect the opening of your chimney. Flue caps prevent the entry of rain and debris through your chimney opening. They also prevent pests and animals from climbing down your chimney and stop embers flying out of your chimney which could land on your roof and start a fire. Flue caps come in many different designs according to your tastes, needs and sizing. Irish Sweep can measure and assess your chimney for the right flue cap and provide safe, professional installation of chimney caps. Because flue caps are made of stainless steel (which may have sharp edges) and need to be installed on top of your chimney, flue cap installation can be dangerous. Irish Sweep offer a convenient, effective and safe solution for expert installation of flue caps in the Bay Area.