Chimney Sweeping And Cleaning You Can Trust
There are lots of advantages to having a clean chimney, but chief among them is the peace of mind you get when you know that:
- your beautiful, crackling fire is safely contained and venting properly
- your fireplace and chimney have proper clearances and are up to code
- dangerous gases and damaging rainwater aren’t leaking into your home
A fire just isn’t nearly as enjoyable if you have questions in the back of your mind about whether or not it poses a danger to you, your family, and your property. In addition, dirty chimneys can be smelly, smoky, and may contain debris and dead animals that can become fire hazards. Our chimney technicians use closed-circuit cameras so that we are able to show you what the inside of your chimney looks like. In this way, we’ll be able to show you the “before and after” of your chimney prior to cleaning and afterwards. In most cases, a chimney inspection is necessary before a cleaning. Please note that in addition to our chimney cleaning services, we are trained to clean out your dryer vents. To learn more about the chimney sweeping process, view the video below.
Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently from our customers:
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Schedule A Chimney Inspection And/Or Cleaning?
The busiest time of year for most chimney sweeps, including those of us at Lords Chimney, is from September through March. Therefore, we recommend scheduling inspections or cleanings between April and August. This is to avoid the scheduling backlog that often occurs because of the winter rush. And you won’t have to delay lighting a fire on the first chilly day; you’ll be all ready to go. Schedule your chimney cleaning appointment today by calling 281-497-4000 or by using our appointment request form.
How Do You Clean A Chimney?
Lords Chimney uses a guaranteed “no mess” cleaning method. First, we place tarps on the floor in front of the fireplace and high-traffic areas. The chimney is then cleaned from the bottom, and we work our way up. We use specialized tools, including a series of rotating brushes, to clean every component of your chimney—the firebox, smoke chamber, damper, smoke shelf (located behind the damper), and flue liner. This process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how much creosote has built up in your chimney and how much time has elapsed between cleanings. The recommended yearly inspection will let you know if a cleaning is necessary.
What Is Creosote, And Why Is It In The Chimney?
Creosote is a natural by-product of burning wood. It can be defined as a combustible deposit originating as condensed wood smoke, including tar, vapors, and other organic compounds. Creosote is highly flammable, and the chief business of a chimney cleaning is to remove creosote from the chimney.
Have any questions about chimney sweeping? Live in the greater Houston area and need to have your chimney cleaned? Reach Lords Chimney at 281-497-4000, or use our appointment request form.
Lords Chimney offers a full range of repair and installation services for both masonry and prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys. You can get complete chimney and fireplace services from Lords Chimney.
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.