Chimney Cleaning FAQ NJ

As a full-service chimney specialist, Best Cleaning 4U offers a full range of chimney services around New Jersey. Our team of experienced technicians strives to provide the highest standard of professional chimney services, such as cleaning, maintenance, repair or installation. No matter the complexity of the job, our company provides quality service at an affordable price.

We only use the latest tools and technology to deliver you the very best chimney cleaning NJ service in the shortest time frame possible. Looking for a chimney service provider? We can help! We offer a wide range of chimney services.

The most common chimney cleaning FAQs are outlined below, but if you have any questions or want to get a quote, please call (973)-922-0195!

Chimney Cleaning FAQ

Will there be a mess after chimney cleaning service?

Not at all! Best Cleaning 4U uses powerful vacuums and takes the maximum level of precautions to prevent any soot and dust from entering the home, and mess from occurring.

What is a chimney sweep and how does it work?

In addition to cleaning chimneys, a qualified sweep will perform a number of other services. There are three levels of service provided by a certified sweep. This service level indicates the depth of the inspection: 

  • Level 1: offers basic services and the inspection of readily accessible spots.
  • Level 2: inspects more closely the condition of the chimney and interior flues, as well as more difficult-to-access areas such as crawl spaces and attics. 
  • Level 3: focuses on enclosed areas. 

What is the recommended frequency of chimney cleaning?

Before answering this question, it’s important to consider the number of factors, such as the kind of fuel you are using, the age of the chimney, its impact on the issue, and so on.

As a general rule, if you burn wood, it’s a good idea to clean the chimney every six to twelve months (more frequently if you use two or more cords of wood or if you burn green wood). 

It is possible for the chimney to become highly sooty when there is a problem with the furnace or boiler. In spite of the fact that natural gas burns cleanly, today’s high-efficiency gas furnaces pose a particular challenge. Compared to previous models, their fumes are cooler and contain higher levels of water vapor, which leads to greater water condensation. As well as chlorides from combustion air, these vapors contain hydrochloric acid, which is produced in the home. 

Compared with previous models, the latest natural gas furnaces produce more acid-water condensates and cause more flue deterioration. You should inspect the chimneys that vent these systems at least once a year.

What is causing cold air to come from my chimney?

There is a good chance your damper is open if you notice cold air coming from your chimney when it is not in use. While throat dampers have proven useful in the past, they do not provide an airtight seal and are often rust-prone. Installing a top-sealing damper could result in decreased utility bills, as it allows conditioned air to be maintained and cold air to be kept out.

What causes the odor in my chimney?

Despite the fact that all chimneys smell, it shouldn’t be obvious. If you smell damp, musty, or smoky in your chimney, you probably have a water penetration problem. High humidity may exaggerate a buildup of creosote that creates a particularly strong smell, especially in the summertime. Additionally, you may have a problem with air pressure that causes the air to come down rather than go up and out of the home.

How long does chimney inspection take?

In most cases, a visit takes about an hour, depending on the level of inspection you want.

Don’t all sweep services basically do the same thing?

Absolutely not! Not every sweeping service is capable of providing quality service. The chimney sweep industry is unregulated, so any business owner can call themselves a sweep. You should always remember that the sweeps are meant to keep you and your family safe. You should make sure that the sweep you choose to clean your home is qualified for the job.

Can a chimney cleaning assist me in maintaining a safe house?

By investing in chimney cleaning, you can reduce the risk of fire damage or carbon monoxide poisoning accidents. In many cases, proper maintenance and inspection have proven to save lives. 

Is carbon monoxide poisoning a concern?

Nowadays, it is possible to obtain a carbon monoxide detector nearly everywhere, and every home should have at least two of them: one near the furnace and another near the sleeping area. In the event of a malfunction, detectors can prove invaluable, so routine maintenance should not be neglected. 

The largest single source of carbon monoxide in home is a blocked chimney. Poor ventilation is always a cause of carbon monoxide problems. The failure to maintain your heating system can lead to dangerous fires or toxic gasses that can introduce serious illness and even death into your home. This issue is caused by poor ventilation, so keeping your chimney clean is essential. 

Please remember that carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous as it’s not easy to detect. There are several common illnesses which can present themselves as symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, and even depression. 

Over the years, Best Cleaning 4U has literally cleaned thousands of chimneys in New Jersey. Having your chimney cleaned is essential for the safety of your home and your family. Clean chimneys help heat homes efficiently and keep blockages, soot, and creosote at bay. 

As part of our chimney cleaning NJ service, we can sweep your chimney, install chimney rods and chimney brushes, remove, replace or restore chimney base pipes, seal your fireplace, vacuum the debris inside and outside the chimney.

If you have any questions or want to get a quote for chimney cleaning NJ, please call (973)-922-0195!

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