Chimney Sweeps And Inspections
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Here at Sootmaster Chimney Sweeps of Mobile, Alabama, your satisfaction is our priority. We have spent the last 30 years perfecting our craft and earning a great reputation with those we have had the pleasure of meeting. At Sootmaster, we hold our technicians to the highest standard of training and certification, and we use the best equipment. It is for these reasons we offer 10-year warranties on most of our services. To find out which services or to schedule a warranty appointment, call us at (251) 216-4541
Why Choose Us
As we have mentioned before, you are the number one priority here at Sootmaster of Mobile. We value your experience with us more than anything, which is why we have the most respectful and knowledgeable team. We will do our best to give you fair pricing and quality services, with safety as our #1 priority. Give us a call at (251) 216-4541 and let us know what we can do for you!
With the cold weather comes warm clothes, heating bills, and hot cocoa. But, it also brings potentially chimney damages. Now, down here in the south, we may not get blizzards and 10 feet of snow, but it can get cold. And this fall and winter season, it’s important to look out for signs of chimney damage. Believe it or not, freezing temperatures can actually cause damage to chimneys. See, bricks are like sponges, they’re porous and absorb water. When this water freezes, it expands. This can cause what is known as spalling. Spalling is when the faces and chunks of bricks actually break off. This can lead to the lesser structural integrity of the chimney, which is never good. So, be sure to watch out for any spalling on your masonry chimney. And for any chimney or fireplace repair, Sootmaster is here to help!
We are experienced
We Have Over 30 Years of Experience in The Industry
With an ever-growing team, the experience of the Sootmaster company grows as well. For Over 30 years, Sootmaster has focused on perfecting its work on chimney and fireplace systems. We have many professionally trained technicians who are prepared and eager to assist you with any problem your chimney and fireplace might present, from standard sweeps to ground-up installations, Sootmaster’s expert technicians can get the job done.
A great local company that is very reliable, very affordable and very helpful. Highly recommended for the Mobile area.
Providing the Highest Quality Chimney Services In the Area
Our top priority is providing industry-leading service as a chimney sweep and fireplace professionals. Our goal is to build loyalty and trust with those we serve. That’s why our first-class teams are considerate and careful, making sure to protect your property and belongings. We want to accommodate you, and we’ll make sure to be in communication with you about any last-minute schedule changes. sharpest individuals comprise our teams: those who exemplify what it means to be a true chimney sweep and fireplace professional.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get my chimney swept?
According to The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”
My fireplace stinks, especially in the summer. What can I do?
The smell is because of creosote deposits within the chimney, a natural byproduct of woodburning. The odor is sometimes worse during the summer when the humidity is high the air conditioning is turned on. A typical sweeping will help but usually won’t solve the smell completely. There are commercial chimney deodorants that work well, and plenty of people have good results with kitty litter or maybe baking soda set inside the fireplace. The real problem is that the air being drawn down the chimney, an indication of overall pressure problems within the house. Some make-up air should be introduced someplace else in the house. A good sealing and a top-mounted damper will reduce this air flow coming down the chimney.
I have a gas fireplace. Should this chimney be checked too?
Without a doubt! Although gas is usually a clean-burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces may also cause many problems with the typical flues intended to vent the older generation of furnaces. Sootmaster is not licensed to operate on any gas fireplace; Contact a gas certified plumber or gas licensed fireplace company for your needs.
What's safe to burn in the fireplace?
You should only burn well-seasoned wood. Watch this video from the CSIA to learn what NOT to burn in your fireplace.
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Don’t utilize your chimney for consuming charcoal or coal. Utilize those items in your open-air grill flame. These fuels consume far hotter than kindling, and the sheltered temperature levels in your chimney and firebox can be surpassed. These materials additionally produce much more destructive carbon monoxide than wood produces. Carbon monoxide is scentless, colorless, and tasteless. It is critical to have carbon monoxide indicators in your home, if you have a chimney, so you and your family can get required admonition in the occasion an excessive amount of carbon monoxide is delivered.
Painted or Treated Wood
Pressure-treated wood—wood generally utilized in decks and outside furnishings—was once implanted with arsenic to keep harm from dampness and bugs. At the point when you burn it, the subsequent smoke contains poisons. Painted or recolored wood contains different synthetic concoctions that could deliver poisons into the air when burned, as well. It is ideal to stay with untreated or normal wood for your chimney.
Papers and Cardboard
Small recyclables are extensively used to light a thundering fire since they as a rule burst into flames rapidly. Whenever you must get a fire moving, nonetheless, do not utilize cardboard (counting pizza boxes and grain boxes), which is regularly treated with synthetic substances. Rather, utilize endorsed fire starters, accessible from outdoor supply stores, or little splinters of wood, chipped with a hatchet from your supply of prepared kindling.
It can be enticing to cut up and consume your live Christmas tree in your wood-consuming chimney. In addition to not being appropriately prepared, the evergreen wood of your Christmas tree contains significant levels of tar. These saps consume rapidly and can pop, causing a danger of a fireplace fire.
You should consistently abstain from utilizing lighter liquid or some other quickening agent in your chimney. These are intended for outside utilization. Many contain methanol and oil-based synthetic compounds which can deliver harmful exhaust. These materials likewise make extraordinary and hot flames which can harm the uprightness of your chimney, and put your home in danger
It’s enticing to simply throw things like bubble wrap, paper cups, plates, egg containers and other junk into the chimney just to dispose of it rapidly. Stop. Simply quit doing that. You could be delivering dioxins, which can prompt respiratory issues, migraines, even malignant growth when breathed in a shut domain.
What is safe to burn?
Chimneys are intended to consume wood however it tragically turns into a rubbish removal choice for some mortgage holders. Resist the impulse to burn anything in your fireplace that is not firewood — especially trash.