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Cliff (the company owner) actually lays the brick and is on the job with the helpers. Click here to see the video.
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Some Good Reasons To Have Your Chimney Properly Inspected And Cleaned
Almost everyone is trying to save money these days and with a vengeance. After all, the sting of various present-day economic factors has given most of us a rash to one degree or another. Having delivered my services, first as a chimney sweep, and later performing full-blown masonry repair, I am reasonably certain that I can give some advice that will save you, the homeowner, a decent amount of money in the near term and/or long term. My observation over the last 20 years is that in Oregon the chimney trade is divided up into 3 types of technical persons:
- A Chimney Sweep who only performs chimney cleaning and installation of rain caps and dampers. Some may write repair estimates that would be performed by a mason within the company. Hopefully, the sweep knew what he was looking at when he wrote the bid (sometimes they do not). Sometimes they do not inspect thoroughly enough. There are some very good sweeps in the Portland area and some that make me shake my head (Like the one that told one of my customers that she needed a “stainless steel lining system” for her furnace chimney to remedy a carbon monoxide leak in her basement. They based their assessment on the “fact” that they could smell the carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless).
- Repair Technicians that prefer to do the smaller, less technically involved repairs.
- Masons that perform large jobs and technically difficult jobs.
Of course, there are exceptions, but the 3 descriptions above are what I have observed in the previous 20 years out in the field, and they apply to the big boys on the block. The one or two-man operations are a different story.
The point here is that it is critical that whoever is attempting to sell you a repair or service had better know what they are looking at and have the integrity to do a thorough inspection. Your money is wasted if you purchase a repair that you did not need or worse, purchased the wrong repair.
Halfway into this portion of the cleaning, Cliff has his doubts that the insert had been properly cleaned in the previous 5 years. He spent over an hour cleaning out what the other company had not. On an unlined wood stove insert, it is imperative that the insert is pulled out and the overhead smoke chamber is properly cleaned. The smoke shelf (a cavity behind the back wall of the firebox) needs to be vacuumed out, as much soot falls into this cavity during the outside sweep. The smoke shelf is usually vacuumed out by passing a vacuum hose up through the damper and down into the smoke shelf.