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FAQ
1. How can I PREPARE for a chimney sweep's visit?
2. HOW OFTEN Should I have my Chimney Swept?
3. How can I check if my chimney NEEDS cleaning?
4. How LONG does a chimney cleaning take?
5. What WOOD is the best to use?
6. How much does a chimney sweep COST?
7. Do you work on WEEKENDS?
8. Why do I get SMOKE inside the house?
9. Why do I get COLD AIR inside when not burning?
10. Will my HOME get sooty after chimney cleaning?
11. WHAT IF I don't have my chimney swept?
12. What causes CHIMNEY FIRES?
1. How can I PREPARE for a chimney sweep's visit?
The chimney should be cold to perform service adequately, do not burn a fire 12 hours prior to visit. Make the Appliance easily accessible, move away any obstructions and lock your dogs in a separate room.
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2. HOW OFTEN Should I have my Chimney Swept?
1/8 OF AN INCH of Creosote accumulation is enough to need a chimney sweep. This build-up can take anywhere from a month to a year to develop depending on how much you burn, what kind of wood you use and the amount of oxygen available to the fire. If you choke your fire with a damper often, you will need a sweep more quickly.
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3. How can I check if my chimney NEEDS cleaning?
It is hard to do with wood stoves unless you can climb your room and look down the flue. On Fireplaces, open the damper and shine a light towards the chimney and look for dark/black fluffy or shiny deposits. Note: This method does not substitue professional inspection.
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4. How LONG does a chimney cleaning take?
Between 45 min to 1.5h depending on system length, roof access, weather.
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5. What WOOD is the best to use?
Hardwood such as Oak, Walnut and Almond are much denser, provide more heat per log and burn longer and cleaner. Softwood such as Pine, Spruce and Fir are less dense, burn quicker and promote more creosote build-up than hardwood.
Burn only seasoned firewood (Seasoned Softwood 6-12 months, Hardwood 1-2 years, split to thickness of 6-8 inches, stacked outdoors, off the ground, top covered, sides open for ventilation).
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6. How much does a chimney sweep COST?
Tahoe Chimney & Fireplace has a flat rate of $179, some special conditions like job complexity, oversized fireplaces and unusually difficult access may incur an extra charge agreed upon.
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7. Do you work on WEEKENDS?
Yes, most weekends.
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8. Why do I get SMOKE inside the house?
There may be many reasons that. Your chimney is dirty or clogged, your damper is closed or faulty, there is negative air pressure inside your home, your chimney is damaged or it is very windy. Give us a call and we will find out.
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9. Why do I get COLD AIR inside when not burning?
Your damper is left open or it is damaged and does not close properly. You have no damper. Your home is very tight and you are running a clothes dryer or kitchen hood. Your Factory-built fireplace or stove outside air intake is flawed.
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10. Will my home get DIRTY after chimney cleaning?
No. The entire work are gets covered with protective rugs as a precaution. We also use high power vacuum cleaners to make sure no dust enters the home. We also wear shoe covers when needed.
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11. WHAT IF I don't have my chimney swept?
You may have a chimney fire causing a house fire, endangering your neighborhood. Your chimney system may sustain serious and costly damage such as cracks, warping and bulging.
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12. What causes CHIMNEY FIRES?
Chimney fires are caused by inadequate chimney maintenance. As a result of burning wood or pellets, creosote accumulates on the walls of the flue. When the thickness of the creosote reaches 1/8 of an inch, it can then ignite when the appliance is in use. Always have your system inspected after a chimney fire for dangerous chimney or liner damage.
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2015 Tahoe Chimney & Fireplace
P.O. Box 9526 Truckee, CA 96162
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday � 8am - 6pm
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