Chimney Sweep in Pittsford, NY | Chimney Creosote Removal to Reduce Chimney Fire Risk
For nearly 50 years, the Felgemacher family has been keeping families in our communities safe with unparalleled certified chimney sweep services in Pittsford, NY, and neighboring towns throughout East Rochester and Monroe County.
Why Your Pittsford NY Home Needs a Professional Chimney Sweep
Whether you are using a wood-burning fireplace, heating stove, or furnace to keep your Pittsford home warm and comfortable in the winter, there are several reasons why annual chimney cleanings are so critical.
- Remove flammable creosote in the flue to significantly reduce fire risk.
- Clear flue obstructions reduce the risk of exposure to toxic carbon monoxide fumes.
- Clean combustion gas residues that can damage your flue liner and firebrick.
- Check for water leaks and masonry damage that lead to costly chimney repairs.
- Ensure your chimney damper is in good working order to prevent energy loss.
What is a Certified Chimney Sweep?
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is the nation’s leading non-profit credentialing organization for professional chimney sweeps. A chimney technician that displays a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® badge has successfully passed rigorous training and exams, demonstrating a high level of competency in the construction and maintenance of chimneys, vents, attached heating appliances, and fire and building code standards.
When a Felgemacher Masonry Certified Chimney Professional® arrives at your home, rest assured that our skilled technician has the training, knowledge, and professional experience to perform any chimney service, including construction, maintenance, cleaning, and repair safely and efficiently.
Chimney Cleaning in Pittsford
Our licensed, bonded, and insured crew will arrive at your home in a clearly marked vehicle at the scheduled appointment time. The truck is fully stocked with the specialized tools, equipment, and supplies they will use to clean your chimney safely. While most work is done outside on top of the chimney, the chimney sweep will need access to your fireplace to complete the service. Don’t worry; they take special precautions like wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), covering flooring and furnishings, and thoroughly cleaning the work area when complete.
Why Your Chimney Needs to Be Professionally Cleaned
When lighting a fire in the fireplace, some creosote sticks to the flue and other chimney areas as the smoke and fumes vent through the chimney. Creosote hardens into a dark, tarry, and highly flammable material that is very difficult to remove. As a result, creosote build-up in improperly cleaned chimneys is the primary cause of thousands of houses catching fire every year.
In addition, as the creosote continues to build up, it can clog the narrow passageway in the smoke chamber. Also, leaves, debris, and creosote can block chimney flues. When the flue gases cannot escape the chimney, it can cause a dangerous backdraft that can fill your living space with smoke, carbon monoxide, and hot debris. The acids in the residue can also eat through the flue liner and masonry that can leak toxic carbon monoxide fumes into your living area.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause various symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and even death.
Schedule a Chimney Sweep to Keep Your Eastside Home & Family Safe
When was the last time your chimney had a professional cleaning? If it has been more than a year, Call (585) 308-4914 to schedule an appointment with a Certified Chimney Sweep® at Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney. We serve Pittsford, NY, and other eastside communities, including Brighton, East Rochester, Fairport, Fishers, Henrietta, and West Henrietta. You can also contact us online.