Chimney Sweep In Buffalo NY – We Can Inspect & Clean Your Chimney From All Creosote
Buffalo homeowners have trusted Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney for more than 65 years for expert chimney sweep services and chimney inspections. Our team is here to help you get the most out of your chimney and fireplace and ensure that the system is clean and safe all year long.
Chimney Sweep Buffalo
Our Buffalo chimney cleaning services are performed by technicians who are designated as Certified Chimney Sweeps through the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the country’s leading certifying and training body for the chimney industry.
When we clean your chimney, we focus on two primary areas:
- Removing flammable creosote from your flue
- Removing obstructions that could prevent proper drafting
Creosote is formed in chimney flues when smoke condenses. The substance can be sticky, puffy or solid. Specialized chimney cleaning tools are needed to safely and thoroughly remove creosote, which is the leading cause of chimney fires each year in Buffalo and the rest of the United States.
In addition to chimney fires, creosote can damage chimney liners and interior chimney masonry due to its acidic nature. The longer the substance stays in contact with surfaces, the more damage that’s possible.
Our chimney sweeps and chimney cleaning experts use electronic scrubbers, hand-held brushes, industrial cleaning solvents, high-powered vacuums and other tools to clean creosote out of your Buffalo chimney. We take great care to leave the work area as clean as it was when we arrived.
Removal of drafting obstructions
Chimney flues, when properly built, are the correct size to affect a proper draft from the fireplace they’re connected to. When obstructions narrow the flue, drafting is hampered.
Many things can get inside a flue and block the air flow – especially when there’s no chimney cap or a cap that’s damaged. Flue obstructions include leaves, twigs, falling fruit and other tree debris as well as the nests of birds, squirrels and other animals who love to use chimneys as birthing headquarters. Some of these animals end up dying in the chimney, unable to get out.
All these items can impede air flow and cause smoke and deadly carbon monoxide to back up into your home. If you’ve heard about cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in the Buffalo, NY, area, improper fireplace smoke drafting likely is the cause of some of them.
The Value of Annual Chimney Inspections
Chimney sweeping should be performed once a year. So should professional chimney inspections. When we inspect your chimney, we can quickly spot early signs of damage and malfunction and recommend the best way to resolve the problem.
- Level 1 chimney inspection covers all visible areas of your chimney.
- Level 2 inspections are needed when you’re selling your home, when a chimney fire or other event is thought to have caused damage, and when you’re altering your system.
- Level 3 inspections are performed when a previous inspection identifies significant damage.
A yearly chimney inspection can save you big money on expensive repairs down the line. Basic Level 1 inspections are nonintrusive and fairly quick, so your lifestyle will suffer no disruption.
If it’s time to get your chimney in shape for the coming winter, the Felgemacher team is ready to help. Wherever you live in the Buffalo, NY, region, we provide CSIA-certified chimney sweeping, chimney inspections and all levels of chimney repair services.
Talk with an expert about your chimney today at (716) 907-4914.