When Should a Chimney Liner be Installed?

Chimney liners made from stainless steel are installed in masonry chimneys as they correct any damage caused by the chimney fire and subsequent deterioration. At A&T Chimney Sweeps, we offer chimney inspection services and install proper lining before the wood-burning appliance is put into place. Masonry chimneys should have an inner lining of clay tiles, […]

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What is Creosote? How is it Hazardous?

Creosote is the residue left behind in your chimney after burning the fire logs. After frequent use, creosote can form a thick coating inside the chimney firebrick. If left unattended, this accumulated coating is extremely flammable and potentially dangerous, making regular cleaning an important task. Being an indoor air pollutant, many are sensitive to creosote. […]

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How often should my chimney be inspected and cleaned?

Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. If you make use of the fireplace frequently during the winter months, chimneys require thorough inspection and cleaning. This ensures safety and protects the health of the occupiers by removing toxic odors from the house. If not done, dirty chimneys are known to […]

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Help! An animal is in the chimney. What should I do?

It is important to check for any animals like owls, pigeons, raccoon and woodpeckers that may have occupied your chimney. The best time to check for them is at the beginning of the winter before you light the first fire. Creosote accumulation near animal nests can cause even greater danger with increased chances of house fires and […]

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How Do I Choose a Good Chimney Cleaning Company?

The short answer is…no. The level of experience, integrity and professionalism can vary from Chimney Cleaning company to Chimney Cleaning company just like in any other industry. The key to knowing that you are selecting a reputable chimney sweep is to do a little bit of homework. Read Customer Reviews – Your peers will often give you a lot […]

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Why Clean and Inspect Chimney Systems?

Preventative maintenance is always more cost effective than repairs that could have been avoided.  Annual inspections are critical for chimneys used regularly, but even if used occasionally, a chimney system (the appliance, any necessary connecting pipe and the chimney itself) should be routinely inspected and cleaned if necessary.   Inspections & Cleanings: Determine chimney integrity […]

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