Comprehensive Chimney Maintenance for Baltimore Homes
Grant Family Chimney Service proudly offers a comprehensive range of chimney and heating appliance services, such as:Chimney Relining
Chimney Leak Fix
How Do We Excel Beyond the Rest?
At Grant Family Chimney Service, we appreciate your dedication to maintaining your home's appearance amidst your busy life. To make sure we leave nothing behind but a satisfied smile and a well-functioning chimney, we start by laying drop-cloths as soon as we enter your home and utilize professional-grade vacuums to clear away any debris or soot that might become dislodged during sweeping.
Not only do we prioritize cleanliness, but we also use state-of-the-art video scanning technology to examine your chimney's condition pre- and post-service. This technique allows us to catch any issues and lets you see the prompt results of our visit.
Let Grant Family Chimney Service handle your chimney, and you'll enjoy the expertise of certified technicians, a pristine cleaning job, state-of-the-art inspection, and thorough documentation of the entire process, before and after.
We are distinguished in the mind of Baltimore, MD homeowners due to our craftsmanship and integrity. An experienced chimney technician and an assistant can be found in each of our service vehicles. Our technicians have a strong commitment to excellence and years of experience.
Reasons Chimney Sweeping Matters
Chimney sweeping, while seemingly simple, is a detailed process that needs expert care for proper execution, and it is of paramount importance for maintaining the functionality of your chimney and the security of your home and family.
Whenever you use your fireplace or stove, your chimney is keeping harmful substances that result from burning fuel - gases, smoke, particles, minerals - safely contained. But over time, debris and creosote moves up your chimney and can lead to blockages and fires. A trained chimney sweep will thoroughly and safely remove this allowing your chimney to do its job properly.
Chimney sweeping, an affordable and important aspect of preventative maintenance, can contribute to your safety and long-term financial savings.
Yearly cleaning and inspection are necessary for regularly used chimneys, but even infrequently used ones should be inspected and swept at least once to ascertain their safe and proper functioning.
Getting prepared for your chimney sweep appointment is straightforward:
Do not ignite a fire in your fireplace at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment.
Remove furniture and breakable items from the area near your stove or fireplace, placing them several feet away.
Please keep your pets in another room, removed from the work area.
The chimney sweep job should take your technician about an hour to an hour and a half to finish, and they will:
Assess the reachable areas of your chimney's interior and exterior.
Review factory-built units for cracks.
Employ special brushes for chimney sweeping.
Check your chimney liner for cracks, gaps and missing joints.
Scrub your chimney's smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and damper effectively with our quality hand tools.
Keep the firebox clean by sweeping ashes.
Remove and brush the grate.
Assess potential fire safety risks.
Despite advancements in chimney tools, brushes and rods are still used for chimney sweeping in a traditional manner.
The Key Features to Consider When Hiring a Chimney Sweep
The chimney sweeping industry isn't federally regulated, which means anyone can acquire a couple of tools and brushes and declare themselves qualified. This can lead to a costly mistake if you hire the wrong team.
By ensuring proper maintenance, it's possible to avert many chimney fires and fireplace issues, while unqualified chimney sweeps and their unsatisfactory repair work can aggravate problems and dangers. We've even had to help homeowners who've been victimized by some of these unskilled organizations.
Amidst the numerous chimney sweep companies operating in the Baltimore area, you might question the distinctions in education, training, experience, and standards between them.
Not every chimney sweep company shares the same concern for your long-term safety, which is unfortunate. When making a choice between Grant Family Chimney Service or another, ensure they have the proper licensing, insurance, and certification for chimney and fireplace maintenance.
First of all, you want to make sure the company is licensed and insured, and it can be a good idea to ask for references as well. But one other important thing you want to look for in Maryland chimney sweep services is CSIA certification.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a non-profit organization, is led by volunteer industry professionals. Their objective is to ensure homeowner safety and protect against fire dangers, and they've done so since the 1980s through the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential.