Chestnut Hill Chimney

& Hearth

(603) 755-4835

 

Professional Chimney Flue Sweeping in New Hampshire and Southern Maine

We sweep, and maintain wood, gas, pellet, coal and oil flues.

Over 21 years experience, NFI Certified Master Hearth Professional For Wood, Gas and Pellet

Our chimney cleaning services include an NFPA 211 (National Fire Code) Level 1 Inspection of your flue.

For all of our other services please see our main web site www.chestnuthillchimney.com

Call us for chimney flue sweeping, chimney repairs, or to install a new wood, gas or pellet stove or insert. We service most of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

 

professional Chimney SweepClean chimneys don't catch fire. It's that simple. But a wood stove flue isn't the only type of chimney flue that needs sweeping. Anything that burns leaves a deposit behind, commonly known as soot (creosote). Even oil furnaces leave soot in the chimney. Soot is highly flammable, it is what causes a chimney fire in a wood burning chimney. A simple chimney sweeping can prevent chimney fires.

An oil flue doesn't catch fire like wood flue does, however oil soot is full of water and corrosive chemicals that can eat away at and damage masonry and clay flue tiles. This can lead to cracks and gaps in your chimney flue system, and allow carbon monoxide into your home. Also, and more common than anyone would think, oil soot does accumulate and pile up, and can eventually block off the connection from the pipe to the chimney, causing a no draft situation. It does take many years for this to happen, but when was the last time you had your oil flue swept? (the oil service technicians do not touch your chimney).

Metal chimneys also need regular sweeping. Soot does not stick to them as readily as masonry, but it is present and does need to be removed.

Chimney Sweeps Are Good Luck

 

 

Did you know chimney sweeps are considered good luck? In Europe it is a common custom to hire a chimney sweep to come to the church  and kiss the bride on her wedding day. Shaking hands with a sweep is also considered lucky, and many of our customers still do this. Images of chimney sweeps were frequently used on New Year's Eve postcards in Victorian times to wish your friends luck in the New Year.

On the right is an antique "New Years" postcard.

The sweeps were often shown with shamrocks and pigs as good luck symbols

The most common myths about chimney sweeping:

1. A good chimney fire once or twice a year is all the chimney cleaning you need.

Yes, a chimney fire does burn up the creosote in the chimney. It can also crack the flue and allow the fire to spread through the walls of your home, and/or sparks from the fire can catch your roof on fire. You can not control a chimney fire, and an out of control fire in your home is not a safe way to accomplish anything.

2. I use chimney sweeping logs, salt or other chemical means to keep soot from building up in my chimney, so it doesn't need sweeping.

These still do not remove everything, and can actually cause "sheets" of creosote to loosen and fall onto your smoke shelf, piling up and causing a chimney fire. If you look at the directions for any log or chemical it clearly states that this does not replace professional cleaning. And never ever use a chimney sweeping log in a woodstove, you will cause permanent damage to it.

3. I burn hardwood only, or seasoned wood only, so it burns clean.

Nothing burns clean. Some things burn cleaner than others, and may reduce the need for frequent sweepings, but if it burns it is carbon based and if it is carbon based it does not ever burn completely and perfectly. Also most firewood vendors that advertise "seasoned wood" aren't actually delivering it. To properly season (dry) wood it must be cut, split and stacked for 1-2 years, minimum. It cannot start drying until it is split (the bark prevents that from happening). We sell a very easy to use moisture meter that can give you a reading on the moisture content of any log. The best way to buy firewood is to buy next year's supply this year, stack it, cover it and leave it alone.

4. I clean my own chimney, it's not rocket science.

Nope it isn't. However I assume you also brush your own teeth daily and yet you still go to a dentist for checkups and cleanings? Why? Because the Dentist has training to do a better and more thorough cleaning, will examine your teeth and gums for problems that may be starting, and fix them. It is the same with us. We have professional training, certifications and experience. We can clean everything well with the properly sized brush, and conduct an "exam" of your appliance and chimney to make sure everything is in good working order, no problems are developing and if there are problems, fix them before they get worse. We can also usually remove any brushes etc that you get stuck in your flue when doing your own cleaning (we have removed, brushes, rods, chains, rocks, tree branches, sledge hammers...all used to "clear" blockages by the homeowners).

5. The best time to clean my chimney is in the fall.

Actually the best time is in the spring, when you are done using it. Soot, like any dirt, doesn't get better with age so why keep it around? Any corrosive properties in it are going to eat away at your chimney, in the summer when it gets humid it will have a nasty smell, and then when you need your heating system you have to wait, sometimes weeks, to get it cleaned. Also it is less busy in the spring so you don't have to wait as long for an appointment, and if the inspection does uncover a problem you have plenty of time to fix it. It is especially important to clean pellet systems in the spring, "leftover" pellets in the system can swell and burst from summer humidity and actually shorten the life of your appliance. All pellet manufacturers require a professional servicing at least once a year, check your manual. And most specify that it should be done by someone who is NFI Certified for Pellet (both Mark and David are). However we will be happy to provide you with service any time of year, including the middle of winter.

6. It's too late to get my chimney cleaned once it is winter /snowing or you don't go on the roof in the heat of summer.

We are professionals and work year round. You can get your chimney sweeping done any month of the year, as long as we can physically get to your home.

For more about us, our products for your home and chimney services please visit our main website www.chestnuthillchimney.com  or our site about sales and installation of wood, gas and pellet appliances www.newhampshirestovesandfireplaces.com.

Other services include chimney caps, weatherproofing and crown sealing, chimney liners, metal chimneys, sales, service & installation of wood, pellet or gas stoves and fireplaces. If you aren't sure of what type of appliance or fuel you want to install, or you want to compare wood burning vs pellet burning vs gas burning pros and cons then check out or page Which Fuel Is Best For Me? or Which Fuel Is Greenest?

We are located in Farmington, NH. Our service area includes (but is not limited to): NH Strafford County area: Farmington- 03835, Rochester- 03867, 03868, 03839, Somersworth- 03878, Dover- 03820, Rollinsford- 03869, Durham- 03824, Barrington- 03825. "Our" Southern NH:  Portsmouth- 03801, Deerfield- 03037, Stratham- 03885, Northwood- 03261, Newington- 03801, Newfields- 03856 , Epping- 03042, Hampton- 03842, Rye- 03870, 03871. "Our" Northern NH : New Durham- 03855, Alton- 03809, Alton Bay- 03810, Union- 03887, Milton- 03851, Milton Mills- 03852, Wakefield and East Wakefield- 03830, Sanbornville- 03872, Wolfeboro- 03894, Gilford- 03249. "Our" Western NH: Lee- 03824, Strafford- 03884, Barnstead- 03218, Center Barnstead- 03225, Gilmanton Iron Works- 03837, and to our North or South East (i.e. Maine): Berwick- 03901, South Berwick- 03908, North Berwick- 03906, Sanford- 04073, Kittery- 03904, Kittery Point- 03905, York- 03909, York Beach- 03910, Eliot- 03903, Lebanon- 04027, Acton- 04001. These are the towns we are in frequently, however we are willing to go beyond our "regular service area" so please give us a call!

 

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