"I had Mike come out to inspect and clean my chimney. First, Mike inspected my chimney and took some pictures. Mike is very personable and good at explaining to me the design and condition of my chimney. After he was done, he left my chimney clean and my living room spotless."
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my chimney be cleaned?
- The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends a yearly inspection and cleaning and repairs done as necessary. Regular open fireplaces need to be maintained and cleaned on a consistent basis as well.
How long will it take to clean my chimney and is there any MESS?!?!
- It usually takes less than an one hour to clean most masonry chimneys. Pre-fab fireplaces typically take about 35-45 min. I seal the facing of the fireplace and clean from the rooftop, and don't unseal it until all dust has settled. I have tarps, vacuums and brushes to clean your chimney without making a mess in your house.
How much will this cost?
- Our rates are as low as $99.00 depending on your needs. Two-story chimneys cost $99. Pricing will be provided up front and guaranteed by Mike.
Do you install chimney caps?
- Since we are F.I.R.E. Certified Inspectors, we are experts at determining and installing the proper cap for all flues — either masonry or pre-fab. We sell and install universal rain caps at the time of visit, and can special order any item you need.
Can you do repairs?
- YES, Mike does basic chimney repairs, and provides referrals to specialists who do more complex repair jobs.
How often should my dryer vent be cleaned?
- Most dryer vents should be cleaned at least every two years. This depends on the length of your vent, how many twists and turns, and how often the dryer is used every week. Dryers that have short vents and little usage may be able to go longer than normal before being cleaned.
What is the difference between a Pre-Fab fireplace and a Masonry fireplace ?
- First is a pre-fab fireplace is made in a factory while a masonry chimney is made on site. A pre-fab chimney has a metal pipe flue to vent smoke out of your house. Pre-fabs are smaller and some have blowers built in. All pre-fab fireplaces are UL listed. The pre-fab chimney is encased in a wood case covered by a metal cap to prevent water and have a termination cap on top. A masonry chimney is built on site using brick and terra cotta tile for liners and is more expensive to build and maintain. Most masonry chimneys do not have chimney caps installed, and this allows water and animals to get inside the structure and sometimes inside your house.
My chimney has white stains on the brick. What is this?
- This is a common problem that we can help prevent...... The white stains or powder-like material is often the result of water penetration of the chimney. During a rain, snow, or ice storm, water is absorbed by the brick and mortar crown. In the case of snow or ice storm the freeze thaw cycles can enlarge the cracks on the top of the chimney mortar crown allowing water to enter the structure this way. The chimney will soon saturate with water. As the chimney dries, lime and salts from brick and mortar are pushed out of the pores of the chimney. Wood that is in contact with the chimney can also absorb water, and in most cases, start to rot.
I have cracks in the crown of my chimney. What will this affect?
- We equate the effects of this condition with tooth decay. This can be the source of many chimney problems by allowing water into the chimney. This water will eventually settle somewhere in the srtucture and erode any mortar it encounters. This will weaken the structure and eventually cause brick and mortar loss.
Why should I have my fireplace inspected by someone who is F.I.R.E. Certified?
- A "F.I.R.E. Certified Fireplace and Chimney Inspector" is certified through the F.I.R.E. Service (Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service) and is focused on the detailed inspection of all fireplaces, inserts, gas-burning appliances, chimneys, vent systems, stoves and other associated components. This training is based on the applicable building codes, manufacturer's requirements, historical performance and the performance of individual products and materials. The F.I.R.E. Certification Program was born out the increasing necessity and demand for qualified inspectors. This program is fueled by information derived from the ongoing efforts of the fire investigation, home inspection and fireplace industries. F.I.R.E. Service supplies the required education and training to provide detailed and accurate inspections. This certification also assists the Home Inspectors, Fire Investigators, Contractors, Architects, Insurance Carriers and others by providing a qualified tool for their professional needs. For more information contact F.I.R.E. Service at www.F-I-R-E-Service.com.
Do you have references?
- You can visit Yelp to read feedback about Chimney Sweeps LA online, read our Testimonials Page. or we will be happy to provide references upon request.
What about the bat problem?
- In the last few years there has been a surprising increase in bats inhabiting chimneys. We use a safe, humane method of removing bats from your chimney, and taking precautions so that bats do not return.
What areas do you service?
- Literally ALL of Greater Los Angeles.