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Tools of the Trade: Chimney Cleaning Equipment

Everyone loves a good fire burning in the fireplace. Every once in a while, though (generally between burn seasons), your chimney needs to be cleaned to remove buildup and keep you safe for many fires to come. A qualified chimney sweep should be able to tell you during your annual chimney inspection if a cleaning Read more

Top 3 Reasons to Sweep your Chimney

–Article contributed by Owens Chimney Systems If you need to cut corners on your home maintenance, your chimney and fireplace are definitely NOT the place to do it. Before using your fireplace, you must make sure that it is clean and safe to operate. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you have your Read more

About Chimney Creosote – Part 1: The 3 Stages

What is Creosote? Creosote is actually just one of the components in the stuff (aside from the ash) that’s left over when wood is burned.  The whole mix of tar and creosote and soot is commonly called creosote.  The term is almost exclusively used when talking about burning wood.  If discussing soot resulting from burning Read more

Air Duct Cleaning Washington D.C.| Is It Worth It?

If you’re not sure whether your home needs an air ducts cleaning, there’s a simple litmus test. Get a flashlight and take a screwdriver to your nearest vent. Take a peak inside. If you like what you see, then you’re probably free to go without an air duct cleaning. If you’re like the rest of Read more

Roof Algae Stains Removal with Roof Cleaning Chemicals

If you’ve never thought to clean the roof of your home, you’re not alone. With the endless amount of cleaning that needs tending to inside and around the home, many people never stop to think about their roof. This could be an expensive oversight. A variety of algae, known as Gloeocapsa magma, is spreading through Read more

What Is A Chimney Sweep?

Not necessarily the singing and dancing workers of classic movies, a chimney sweep is also known as a chimney service technician. Hiring a skilled and experienced chimney sweep to handle your chimney maintenance is one of the best ways to keep your family and home safe from fire. Chimney sweeps are trained to detect and Read more

The Most Common Chimney Cleaning Mistakes

Ever wonder what the more common chimney cleaning mistakes are? Here is a comprehensive list of the top mistakes: 1) I use chimney sweeping logs, salt or other chemical means to keep soot from building up in my chimney, so it doesn’t need sweeping. These products can reduce the buildup of creosote but do not Read more

Dryer Vent Cleaning, Why Is It Necessary?

There are many advantages to be had simply by keeping your home’s dryer vents clean, including increased safety and money savings. Clothes dryer fires and hazardous carbon dioxide emissions often start with problems in the dryer’s venting system or lint trap area. Why these two places? Because the lack of proper vent cleaning and the Read more

Ducts? Cleaning? Why Do I Care About Duct Cleaning?

Most homes have a forced air system of central heating and cooling. The hot and cold air gets to the rooms of the home through ducts and registers. Even with the best filters in place at the blower motor, dust and other pollutants still get by and get trapped in the ducts.   The trapped Read more