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Main Parts of a Chimney

Chimney sweeping is not as common a job as it once was now that most people have heating and lighting systems that are powered by electricity or gas. In the past, the stove and fireplace were used to provide warmth and light. As the need of residents changed, the wood-burning stoves gave way to gas-powered fireplaces, while fireplaces themselves became more of a bonus than a necessity. Still, homeowners will need a good chimney sweep. If you are interested in such a career, below are the key parts of a chimney you should be familiar with.

  • Crown – The top of the chimney. Most are built with a slight slope to keep the elements from getting inside. If moisture gets inside your chimney, it can cause deterioration.
  • Firebox – The part of the fireplace where the wood is placed and the fire is built. After the fire is extinguished, most of the soot, dust, and ashes are found here.
  • Damper – This device keeps the warm air produced by the fire from escaping outside. Most are constructed in two parts. The first is a door at the top of the chimney. The second is a chain that is attached to the door at one end with the other end hanging near the bottom above the firebox. The chain allows the homeowner to open and close the chimney at will.
  • Flues – The duct passageway of the chimney. Its purpose is to allow the gases created by the flames to be expelled safely outside. This apparatus works through something called the stack effect, which uses buoyancy to guide out the tainted air. Most feature a liner to help reduce damage.
  • Cleanout Door – A door at the bottom of the flue to allow cleaning.
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    A Brick Above Chimney Sweeps
    160 East 1st Street, Lowell, NC 28098
    Full service chimney company that provides a multitude of services ranging from something as simple as a rain cap up to something as complicated as restoring a fireplace to its original historical architecture.
    (704) 823-1214
    A Brick Above Chimney Sweep
    300 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
    Offering the best in chimney cleaning, rain caps, liners, pointing, and masonry repairs. We also handle video inspections. We are a full service company that is fully insured and offers a 24 hour emergency service.
    (704) 537-4429
    A Brick Above Chimney Sweep
    9602 Sherril Estates Road, Huntersville, PA 28202
    Full service chimney company offering 24 hour emergency service. We take care of chimney cleaning, lining, pointing, rain caps, and dampers. Plus, we handle masonry repairs and video inspections.
    (704) 992-6476
    Wood's Septic Tank Cleaning
    2501 Woods Rd, York, SC 29745
    (803) 684-5472
    Charlotte Chimney Sweep Services
    501 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202
    Chimney Sweep, Chimney Repair and Chimney Inspection Services in Charlotte, NC The South Carolina Chimney Sweep Guild The North Carolina Chimney Sweeps Association Angie's List, Award Winner, 8 Years
    (704) 374-5036
    Woodside Maintenance
    Rock Hill, SC 29734
    (803) 372-9725
    Smoke Alert Home Fire Safety
    4100 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
    Smoke Alert is owned and operated by firefighters. The primary services we provide are Dryer Vent Cleaning and Chimney Sweeping
    (704) 659-6000
    Painter's Heating & Air Condit
    427 2nd St, Gaffney, SC 29340
    (864) 489-8776
    Rob's Chimney Service
    2316 S Brushwood Cir, Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 695-1027
    Fuller's Chimney Sweep
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 322-9449
    A Clean Sweep
    1418 Industrial Dr Ste H, Matthews, NC 28105
    (704) 845-1200
    Tip Top Chimney Sweep
    1944 Hall Spencer Rd, Edgemoor, SC 29712
    (803) 327-9262
    A Brick Above Chimney Sweep
    15220 Sharpe Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227
    Specializing in chimney cleaning, video inspection, rain caps, dampers, and linings. We also do pointing and masonry repairs as a full service chimney company. Fully insured with 24 hour emergency service.
    (704) 545-7525
    Briggs Sales & Service
    645 Stallings Rd, Matthews, NC 28104
    (704) 821-2064
    Clean Sweep Chimney Services
    4893 Springs Rd, Conover, NC 28613
    (828) 324-2216

    Chimney cleaning and inspection keep homeowners safe. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 162 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2004. More than 2,800 died due to fire. Keeping your flue free of obstruction and ensuring the lining is not cracked does save lives. Historically, children were employed as sweeps. Their shorter height and slimmer frames enabled them to get into brick chimneys. Today, fireplace sweeps use long brushes, camera feeds, and mirror tools to ensure the safety of the linings and check for creosote build up. If stove or flue repairs and installations are needed, the company will tell you and offer an estimate. When you burn wood at a cool temperature, creosote builds up. This black material clings to the liner, damper, and vent piping. Creosote causes fires and is easily removed with a stiff bristle brush. Ashes must be removed from the bottom through the small metal door. The liner must be inspected for cracks, even with a gas burner. If a liner breaks and falls, it causes an obstruction that traps carbon monoxide. If materials near that insulate your walls heat up, a fire is possible. Creosote is highly flammable and must be removed before the fall and winter burning season. Make sure the commercial or residential service is insured. Check if they vacuum the area when they're done. Soot and creosote dust are extremely messy and can stain carpeting. Some will cover the work area to protect carpeting and brick work. Ask if they do camera inspections of the flue, liner, and stove connections. If you have a gas fueled fireplace or burn wood or coal, have a cleaning and inspection performed yearly.
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