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You may not realize how important it is for your home to have an annual chimney cleaning. Although chimneys are designed to safely contain a fire, they are also the source of a deadly buildup of creosote. This substance, if it builds up in sufficient quantities, can cause an extremely destructive chimney fire. The only way to prevent this from happening is an extensive chimney cleaning.
And even more dangerous than a chimney fire is carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year tens of thousands of cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are reported, and tens of thousands more go unreported. CO poisoning kills hundreds every year and costs billions in sickness and lost productivity. And heating appliances – gas, oil and wood alike – are big contributors to those statistics. A blocked or poorly vented gas flue won’t catch fire, but it may kill you anyway.
For safety’s sake be sure to have your chimney cleaned once a year to prevent CO poisoning or fires resulting from creosote. The only problem is the fact that servicing your chimney is not an easy task. Chimney cleaning is extremely dirty and labor intensive, and many folks simply don’t have the time, energy, tools, or experience to get this dirty job done and done right.
When it comes to choosing the perfect chimney sweep for the job, look to High’s Chimney for all your needs in the Washington DC area. Our chimney sweeps will arrive at your home as a team, to get the job done quickly, effectively and safely. We have a 97% on-time arrival rate!
The lead sweep is always certified and experienced, ensuring that the people servicing your chimney are competent!
We lay down drop cloths in front of the hearth and we use industrial-sized vacuums to ensure that your home remains dust free and clean as we work on cleaning the inside of your chimney. We use a chimney brush on the end of chimney rods to brush your flu, either from the hearth or the roof, depending on the job. Where possible, we will even inspect your chimney with a closed circuit “Chimney Cam.” This shows up any hidden problems we might not be able to see with a visual inspection. We go to the roof to inspect your crown, cap, flashing and mortar joints. When this is all done, we give you a written chimney condition report. Remember, all of our chimney technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and/or the National Fireplace Institute to ensure the highest level of quality and professionalism.
Remember, it’s important to note that proper maintenance of your chimney ensures:
High's Chimney Service is proud to be the DC area's premier chimney sweep company. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Or, if you're ready to schedule your chimney cleaning, just call us or click to check prices and schedule online.
Since the other articles were written, there is something new to add. There is a new chemical by Saver Systems called PCR (Poultice Creosote Remover) and it works really well and really fast. By fast I mean overnight. In extremely bad situations it is conceivable that it could take two applications. It is available through […]
This October 5th-11th marks the 93rd year the National Fire Prevention Association holds their Fire Prevention Campaign. The campaign was first launched in 1922 after President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire (October 8th, 1871). This year the theme is “Working smoke alarms save lives, […]
The following library of information is broken up in a way that will educate you on your chimney so you know how your chimney should be properly cleaned, maintained, and/or repaired. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, leave us a note in the comments and we will try to find you an answer! […]
..We have a strict company policy NEVER to sell unnecessary services. If your chimney DOES NOT need to be cleaned, we will tell you so and charge only a trip charge.
Based out of Gaithersburg, Maryland, High’s Chimney services a large region including parts of Maryland, Northern Virginia, and most of the North and West Washington D.C. area. We cover Montgomery County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Fairfax County. In Maryland, we perform fireplace and chimney services in Potomac, Frederick, Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Germantown, Olney, and Silver Spring, MD. We also cover Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, McLean VA, Washington D.C. and all the nearby areas. Being local, we know the area extremely well and have a lot of experience with typical issues associated with the Maryland and greater Washington D.C. region.
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