How can a sweep help me to maintain a safe home?

Employing the services of a qualified chimney sweep is essential for maintaining the safety of your home. A professional chimney sweep not only cleans your flue, which can prevent the build-up of hazardous creosote as well as obstruction from nesting animals and debris, but he will inspect your chimney as well. A thorough inspection of your chimney is vital in order to prevent ghastly costs and safety issues that could result from untreated damages that might be lurking in your chimney. Failure to have your chimney swept and inspected by a qualified sweep can result in:chimney-sweeper-158077_640 Continue reading

Dryer Vent Cleaning – A Must!

Here I am a professional in the trade of cleaning dryer vents.  And to my embarrassment, I recently had a situation come up.  My wife complained of smelling smoke when she dried some clothes.  I poopooed her.  First, that is never a good idea.  But here is where my “knowledge” got in the way of actually looking at her complaint.  I “knew” my dryer vent exited my dryer thru a 18″ flex hose and went directly outside thru a 5″ wall, so it could not be a problem.  In my mind, there was no way the vent could be plugged and capable of causing a fire.  When I finally got around to looking at it, I found that the maid had pushed the dryer vent back, too far against the wall, and crimped the flexible vent nearly closed.  This did not allow full exhaust flow, lint built up, and the heat sensor did not shut off the dryer.  Low and behold, the trapped lint actually started to smoulder.  It was quite by luck, that I did not have a full on fire.  The inside of the dryer actually turned black!! Continue reading