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Chimney Inspections

Chimney inspection

Chimney crown (top of chimney) inspection

21-point chimney inspection form

21-point chimney inspection form

Each chimney sweep/inspection is documented with an inspection form.

Chimney Sweeps

Chimney sweep - McMinnville

We provide chimney cleaning services for open fireplaces, free-standing woodstoves, lined woodstove fireplace inserts, oil furnace flues and pellet stoves.

Chimney and Fireplace Repair

Chimney repair-rebuild

Cliff, rebuilding a chimney.

Cliff  (the company owner) actually lays the brick and is on the job with the helpers. Click here to see the video.

 

 

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Chimney Liners

 

Chimney re-lining McMinnville, Yamhill County

Chimney re-lining

Stainless steel liners are a great way to safely re-line a chimney flue.

Oil Furnace Sweep

Despite what you may think, your furnace cleaning company most likely has never even looked at your chimney. All oil furnaces vent carbon monoxide, sulfur and oil residue into your chimney’s lining system. The oil residues build up and can cause a blockage. Oil furnace chimney flues need to be periodically cleaned and inspected. Consider having us clean your oil flue.

Leaking Chimneys

Chimneys are in a constant state of deterioration and most

Cracked chimney crown

Cracked chimney crown

 

will leak at some point. We have specialized, proven methods and materials to solve this problem. 

Chimney crown repaired.

Crown repaired with a waterproof, flexible sealant. 

 

 

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent fires are dramatically increasing in the United States and have become one of the top 5 reasons for house fires. Dryer vent fires occur when there is a build up of lint in the vent hose. Once the vent is blocked it builds up an excess of heat and catches on fire. If you’re dryer seems hotter than normal, your clothes are taking longer to dry, or you just haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in over a year: you are at risk for a dryer fire.
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Some Good Reasons To Have Your Chimney Properly Inspected And Cleaned

Some Good Reasons To Have Your Chimney Properly Inspected And Cleaned

Almost everyone is trying to save money these days, and with a vengeance. After all, the sting of various present day economic factors has given most of us a rash to one degree or another. Having delivered my services, first as a chimney sweep and later performing full-blown masonry repair, I am reasonably certain that I can give some advice that will save you, the homeowner, a decent amount of money in the near term and/or long term. My observation over the last 20 years is that in Oregon the chimney trade is divided up into 3 types of technical persons:

  • A Chimney Sweep who only performs chimney cleaning and installation of raincaps and dampers. Some may write repair estimates that would be performed by a mason within the company. Hopefully the sweep knew what he was looking at when he wrote the bid (sometimes they do not). Sometimes they do not inspect thoroughly enough. There are some very good sweeps in the Portland area, and some that make me shake my head (Like the one that told one of my customers that she needed a “stainless steel lining system” for her furnace chimney to remedy a carbon monoxide leak in her basement. They based their assessment on the “fact” that they could smell the carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless).
  • Repair Technicians that prefer to do the smaller, less technically involved repairs.
  • Masons that perform large jobs and technically difficult jobs.

Of course, there are exceptions, but the 3 descriptions above are what I have observed in the previous 20 years out in the field, and they apply to the big boys on the block. The one or two man operations are a different story.

The point here is that it is critical that whoever is attempting to sell you a repair or service had better know what they are looking at, and have the integrity to do a thorough inspection. Your money is wasted if you purchase a repair that you did not need or worse, purchased the wrong repair.


Cliff In Action

Cliff proceeding with the inside portion of an un-lined woodstove insert cleaning. This particular insert (per the customer) had been cleaned yearly for the previous 5 years by another company.

Halfway into this portion of the cleaning, Cliff has his doubts that the insert had been properly cleaned in the previous 5 years. He spent over an hour cleaning out what the other company had not. On an unlined woodstove insert, it is imperative that the insert be pulled out and the overhead smoke chamber is properly cleaned. The smokeshelf (a cavity behind the back wall of the firebox) needs to be vacuumed out, as much soot falls into this cavity during the outside sweep. The smokeshelf is usually vacuumed out by passing a vacuum hose up through the damper and down into the smokeshelf.