Knoxville, TN, Certified Chimney Sweep | Chimney Cleaning Services
Throughout the Knoxville, TN, region, homeowners trust Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney for chimney sweep services, creosote removal and expert chimney inspections. Our technicians are designated Certified Chimney Professionals and are licensed and insured for your protection.
What Does a Chimney Sweep Do?
Chimney sweeps have been in business since the 1700s, when more and more homes began burning wood in fireplaces for heating. Even back then, it was understood that the only safe chimney is a clean one.
Modern chimney sweeps use a variety of tools that are much more advanced than those of their predecessors but still do the same job – only better. Specialized hand-held and mechanical brushes, vacuums, scrapers, chemical solutions and other tools and equipment allow modern chimney sweeps to do a very thorough job in cleaning your chimney.
Why Chimney Cleaning Is Important
When wood burns, it creates smoke. When smoke condenses within the chimney flue, it leaves a residue called creosote, which can be sticky, flakey or solid and is always highly flammable.
Creosote is the reason behind the majority of chimney fires in the U.S. each year. Most of these could have been avoided had the homeowner scheduled annual chimney sweep and inspection services. Like most other household appliances and equipment, chimneys need regular attention to ensure safe operation.
What You Need to Know About Chimney Fires in Your Knoxville, TN, Home
If the creosote in your chimney ignites and becomes a major fire, you’ll know it. Should this happen, the first thing to do is call 911 for Knoxville emergency services.
The tricky thing with chimney fires is they aren’t always big and noticeable. Often, a small fire will start, burn for a short time and then go out on its own without anyone in the home noticing. But there are clues, the most common being a ticking or tapping sound coming from the fireplace, smoke backing up into the home, excess smoke spilling from the chimney outside, and a rumbling sound similar to a distant train.
While a small chimney fire won’t destroy your home, it will do damage to your chimney liner and interior chimney masonry. If the liner is cracked or broken, intense heat can come into contact with bricks and mortar as well as combustible building materials within the home. This is how a chimney fire leads to significant destruction and a safety risk for anyone living in the house.
Knoxville Chimney Cleaning & Chimney Inspection
Four Seasons’ technicians who clean and inspect your chimney are experienced, certified professionals who bring expertise and hands-on training to every job. We’ll thoroughly inspect your chimney and all its components and do a safe job in removing creosote and drafting obstacles such as twigs, leaves, small-animal nests and animals (squirrels, bats, mice, birds, etc.) that have died in the flue.
A chimney inspection at your Knoxville home will include assessing the level of creosote buildup in your chimney as well as checking the condition of various areas and parts of the chimney structure such as the chimney cap, chimney crown, chimney liner, damper, flashing, chimney chase top, smoke chamber and more.
An annual inspection coupled with a yearly chimney sweep is the best way to ensure that your fireplace/chimney system is operating in the most safe and efficient manner possible.
If you live in the greater Knoxville, TN, region, Four Seasons is ready to exceed your expectations with certified chimney sweep, chimney inspection and complete chimney repair services. We’re the partner you can count on for safety, performance and the best in customer service. Give us a call at (865) 401-0039 to arrange an appointment or to get your questions answered by a fireplace and chimney professional.