A buildup of soot inside your fireplace chimney is something that needs your attention to avoid a host of problems. These include inefficient heating, polluting fumes wafting into your home, and the risk of a house fire. Therefore, it makes eminent sense for you to remove the soot in a timely and regular fashion.

The best way to do that would be to requisition the services of a professional chimney soot cleaner like Sootmaster. They possess the technical skills and experience to carry out a thorough cleaning job. However, you can carry out the cleaning yourself if you wish, but you have to ensure that you do a good job of it, or you may end up with a less than satisfactory job.

Creating Your Own Chimney Soot Cleaner

It is not impossible to remove soot deposits from your chimney yourself, but you have to be able to do it the right way. Here’s how you can create your own chimney soot cleaner. In fact, there are several ways you can do that. A couple of examples are given below.

Cleaning Solution With Vinegar, Ammonia Solution, and Baking Soda

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You have got to mix the three in the following proportions: half a cup of vinegar, a cup of ammonia solution, and one-fourth of a cup of baking soda. Next, you need to mix the solution in about a gallon of water.

The resultant solution can be applied to the bricks lining the chimney, using a sponge attached to the long handle of a stick. After you have applied the solution, give it a little time to seep into the bricks. Follow this up by wiping off the solution with the help of a clean sponge. It may be a good idea to spread out an old blanket at the bottom of the fireplace to prevent any drip offs from the cleaning to soil the house.

You must ensure your personal safety by wearing rubber gloves to prevent the cleaning solution from coming in touch with your skin. It would also be a good idea to use a secure good quality ladder to reach the top of the chimney on the roof.

Using Ammonia Solution, Detergent and Powdered Pumice

A cup of your regular detergent powder with which you do your laundry needs to be mixed with four cups of hot water. Add half a cup of ammonia solution and about half a pound of powdered pumice and you have your very own chimney soot cleaner ready for use.

You can now apply this chimney soot cleaner to the dirty surface of the chimney with the help of a brush with hard bristles. Make sure to give the bricks a thorough scrub with the solution and you can end the job with a nice rinse that makes the chimney clean and soot free.

Cleaning Can Be Messy!

As you can see, there are ways of making your own chimney soot cleaner and performing a fairly good job with the cleaning too. That being stated, not everyone is up to the task of carrying out a fireplace chimney cleaning job on their own. For one they may just not have the time to do it.

Secondly, a clean up of any sort is a messy job, which is something that might not agree with some people. Then there is the whole question of climbing up to the roof to access the top of the chimney. Some people don’t have the head for heights.

Also, there is the thing about the fact that if you are not confident about doing a great job of cleaning on your own, you may be endangering your property and indeed the life of your family members. Blocked chimneys are known to cause devastating house fires that sometimes turn out to be fatal. Besides, these can lead to the leaking of noxious gasses into the house which is bad for the health of its occupants. The efficiency of the fireplace is influenced as the fires don’t burn well adding to the cost of heating.

So if one wants to carry out a cleaning job on one’s own just to save the money paid like the professional charges to a chimney sweeping outfit, it might actually turn out to be a far more expensive affair than one had bargained for over the long term. Should you want to learn more about the best ways to remove soot from a chimney, make an appointment by clicking the button down below.

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Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st.

This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.”

“Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.”

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks

In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints.
Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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