Our Chimney Sweep Services Keep Arlington Homes Safe and Warm
On Target Chimney Cleaning has a variety of comprehensive chimney and heating appliance services to offer, including:Chimney Waterproofing
Chimney Leak Fix
What Puts Us Ahead of the Rest?
Recognizing that you're quite busy and dedicated to keeping your home looking its best, we at On Target Chimney Cleaning strive to make our visit as unobtrusive as possible, leaving only your contentment and a well-maintained chimney behind. To protect your floors, we lay down drop-cloths upon entering your home, and we employ heavy-duty vacuums to remove any debris or soot that may be released during the sweeping process.
In addition to ensuring cleanliness, our advanced video scanning technology allows us to document your chimney's status both before and after our services. With this approach, no issue goes unnoticed.
Certified and trained technicians, a thorough and impeccably clean job, a cutting-edge chimney inspection, and before and after process documentation are all provided when you choose On Target Chimney Cleaning for your chimney.
Arlington, VA residents appreciate our integrity and craftsmanship, setting us apart. Staffed with a knowledgeable chimney technician and often an additional assistant, our work vans are ready for action. All technicians have years of experience and are dedicated to personalized service.
Why Chimney Sweeping is So Important
The process of chimney sweeping might come across as easy, but it is an intricate procedure that requires a specialist's knowledge to be executed correctly, and it's indispensable for maintaining the efficient operation of your chimney and the protection of your home and family.
Your chimney's purpose is to safely contain and eliminate harmful substances generated from burning fuel in your fireplace or stove, including gases, smoke, particles, and minerals. Over time, debris and creosote can accumulate, leading to blockages and fires. An experienced Virginia chimney sweep professional can safely and thoroughly clear these obstructions, ensuring your chimney operates properly.
Embracing the affordable and essential practice of chimney sweeping can help you maintain safety and save money as part of preventative maintenance.
Cleaning and inspecting chimneys should occur annually for those used regularly, but even chimneys that are used rarely should undergo at least one inspection and sweeping to make sure they operate safely and properly.
Preparing for your chimney sweep appointment couldn't be simpler:
Before your appointment, don't use your fireplace for a fire for a 24-hour period.
Relocate furniture and fragile items to a safe distance from the area around your stove or fireplace.
Please secure your pets in a different room, distant from our working area.
The job of your chimney sweep should be completed within an hour to an hour and a half by your technician, who will:
Assess the reachable areas of your chimney's interior and exterior.
Search for cracks in factory-constructed units.
Sweep chimneys using special brushes.
Assess the chimney liner for missing joints, gaps, and cracks.
Ensure a clean smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and damper in your chimney with our hand tools.
Sweep away ashes to keep firebox clean.
Clear the fireplace or stove grate and give it a brushing.
Ensure fire safety hazards are absent.
Chimney sweeping with brushes and rods remains traditional, even amidst the transformation of chimney tools over time.
What to Look For in a Chimney Sweep When Hiring?
The chimney sweeping industry isn't regulated federally, so anyone can buy some tools and brushes and claim to be capable. Unfortunately, hiring an unqualified team can lead to costly mistakes.
You can prevent many chimney fires and fireplace complications by maintaining your chimney properly, while unqualified chimney sweeps and their below-average repair work can exacerbate problems and increase dangers. We've even had to come to the aid of homeowners who've been defrauded by some of these unskilled companies.
Given the range of chimney sweep companies available, it's important to recognize the differences in education, training, experience, and standards between them.
Some chimney sweeps might not prioritize your chimney's long-term safety. Confirm that the company you select, be it On Target Chimney Cleaning or another, holds the proper licenses, insurance, and certifications for chimney and fireplace maintenance.
In the beginning, verify that the company is licensed and insured; also, it's a great idea to request references. Don't forget to check for CSIA certification in Virginia chimney sweep services.
Governed by volunteer industry professionals, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization with a purpose to keep homeowners safe and protect them from fire hazards. They have been doing this since the 1980s by providing the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential.