Chimney Clean Melbourne
Chimney Cleaning and Inspection
To remove the need to access the chimney from your roof, our equipment is established within your house. Using a rotary chimney cleaner, the chimney column is brushed at around 3000 rpm to remove built up residue and creosote. All dislodged material and dust are contained by a high-powered vacuum cleaner at the base of the chimney, ensuring no impact on your internal rooms.
In addition, our floor coverings ensure that your lounger is left as we found it. Following a thorough chimney clean, it is encouraged that an inspection is undertaken – as cracking and defects are at their most visible.
Once we finish our thorough chimney sweep, it becomes obvious if there are any minor or major structural issues with the chimney – inside and out. Where possible, we can capture imagery of these defects and provide them to you for your records or justification for an insurance claim. Please talk to us first about our ability to provide this form of chimney inspection.
Once we finish our fireplace cleaning, we can also look into the chimney from the base and ensure there is no cracking immediately above the fireplace. Where the chimney reduces in size from the fireplace width to the chimney width, there are sometimes minor cracks that occur due to slight flexing. In some cases, mortar sealing these connections is up to 100 years old, and is expected to decay and break out. Again, this will be obvious to us and our inspection from the base should be able to identify these issues. From there, we can break out degraded material and replace it with new mortar to ensure a complete seal.
CHIMNEY CROWN INSPECTION
Once we get up on the roof, it will become obvious whether of not the chimney crown itself is in need of repair. The chimney crown is the top piece of every masonry chimney, and is set in place to prevent the inflow of water (and birds) from entering your chimney and causing issues. After years of exposure to the elements the chimney crown and / or mortar seal around it can degrade, allowing water to enter into the chimney column. This leads directly into the internals of your roof cavity – an area which is designed to stay dry and warm. Of course, there are also a lot of structural wood elements in the roof cavity holding the roof up, and once this wood gets wet and begins to rot, it can also begin to fail and accelerate the damage to your roof. In case, this can lead to partial roof collapse and large costs in repairs.
To repair the chimney crown and weather proof seals around the chimney, we break out all of the old material, clear the area, then re-apply new mortar to create a seal that will last for decades. If you wish, we can take before and after photos of the area to show you the work that we have done to help. Chimney crown repair and chimney cap replacement is a small cost now that may prevent large costs further down the track, so please ask about these services and an inspection of this.
GOOD QUALITY CLEAN
As the old adage goes, ‘Do it once, do it right’, and this is very true for chimney sweeping. Creosote is a rigid material that locks onto the slightly rough surface of bricks. And once a small amount locks on, it begins to build up and an exponential rate. As it build up, and you don’t have a chimney clean, the inside void in the chimney begins to narrow, and restricts airflow out of the fire. This reduces the ability of the fireplace to draw at through it as designed, leading to a less efficient fire that is more difficult to start and burns cooler. All along, capturing more smoke in the fireplace itself – of which can end up in you lounge. Obviously this is not what you want for you or your family, so that is why we highly recommend having a regular chimney sweep and fireplace service. If no work needs to be done, we’ll tell you that. We have been cleaning chimneys for years, and have seen it all. As you would expect, we get pretty busy around this time of year, so want to give you the best service for your requirements, then move on.
We work hard to give clean your chimney right back to near its original state. This means that the first layer of creosote takes a LOT longer to bind to the bricks, and slows down the overall amount of time until you start noticing a reduced performance in your fireplace. Regular upkeep will lead to a better-performing, safer fireplace in your house.
LOCATION & HOURS
We’ll come to you, so let us know when you aren’t planning to light up the fire and we’ll be in and out before you know it. Cleaning can take between 1.5 to 3 hours, so please consider this when booking. CHIMNEY CLEAN MELBOURNE Unit 5 192 Argyle St Fitzroy VIC 3065