What We Do

Sunshine Chimney Cleaning offers a variety of services to clean and upkeep your chimney. A regular used chimney is an item in your house that should be maintained properly for safety. Accordingly, any work should be done by a professional. For more than 20 years Sunshine Chimney Cleaning’s trained technicians have been making the use of your fireplace and chimney as safe and efficient as possible for your home, and future home owners.

Excess creosote is the most common chimney problem and the main reason people have their chimneys cleaned. Creosote is produced by burning wood. Soft wood (pine, self-starting logs, plywood) produce more creosote than hard wood (oak, aspen, fir) which produce less creosote. Excess build-up of creosote causes fires in the flue and cleaning should be done when creosote buildup reaches 1/8”.

More serious chimney problems include insufficient drawing, downdrafts or sparks flying out the top. Solutions include making the chimney taller (we don’t do), opening the damper or repairing the damper (which we do), or adding wind or spark devices to the chimney’s top (which is called capping, and we do that too!)

What To Expect

When cleaning a chimney our technician cleans it from both the top and inside. Drop cloths are placed and taped around the fireplace opening to catch any ash or soot that may fly out during the cleaning and a special chimney vacuum is used to clean up. Wire brushes that attach to extension poles are the main tool used in cleaning. The brushes fit the opening of the chimney exactly in order to clean the most effectively. (A standard square chimney is 12” x 12” and a standard round chimney is 8” diameter.) Our technician begins at the top of the chimney (on the roof) and then works his way inside the home. The fireplace, damper, smoke chamber and firebox are all brushed out and everything is vacuumed off the smoke shelf behind the damper.

Although it is a little more complicated when there is a bend in the pipe, the same procedure applies for cleaning a stove as it does for cleaning a fireplace. The joints of the pipe are taped off so soot doesn’t get in the house. Our technician takes the pipe apart if the bend is not 45 degrees or greater. Otherwise the pipe is brushed down, the cap brushed down, the stove itself, and all doors and compartments.

After the drop cloths and vacuum are in place and the chimney is cleaned from the top, the insert is then taken out from the inside and brushed off from above. Next the technician cleans out the fireplace and smoke chamber and then the insert is pushed back in. Finally, the stove itself is cleaned out. This type of stove takes much longer to clean.


Frequently Asked Chimney Cleaning Questions

You should have your chimney cleaned after burning 1.5 cords of soft wood or 3 cords of hard wood. A cord is 4’ high x 4’ wide x 8’ long. Paper logs build up faster than wood and should be cleaned after every 20 times.
Each appointment lasts 1.5 to 3 hours depending on how dirty, the shape of the chimney and whether or not it is an insert. Bends and curves in the chimney flue will take longer to clean, as well as inserts.
Gas fireplaces do not need to be cleaned. Sometimes people will convert their wood-burning fireplaces to gas and will not have cleaned them beforehand. If this is the case, we can, and should, clean it. We do not remove, replace or install gas logs.
It is not necessary for you be home while we clean the chimney. Our technician does need to have access to the inside of the home, and he can answer any questions or concerns you may have if you are there.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check or credit cards (VISA, MC or AMEX). Payment should be made to the technicians at the completion of the job, unless prior arrangements have been made with office management.

Pricing & Scheduling

Some factors to consider when pricing chimney cleaning:

  • Where is the property located?
  • Is it a multi-unit residential complex?
  • How many stories is the chimney?
  • Is it a wood burning fireplace, a freestanding stove or a an insert?

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Animal Removal

Animals such as birds, squirrels and raccoons unfortunately like the cozy warm place of a chimney. If the animal is alive, there are some steps you can take yourself to remove it before it becomes too comfortable in your chimney. Various methods such as moth balls, ammonia, rags, fog horn, lights, or loud sounds are unpleasant and can cause the animal to vacate the area on their own. You should then immediately install a cap or screen to prevent further intruders. If you think that the animal may be stuck or deceased, our technicians can remove the animal manually or with specialized tools.

Caps & Screens

It’s important to prevent as well as remove animals. You can prevent birds and animals from entering your chimney with chimney caps or covers and steel screening. Chimney screens help to keep animals out when the chimney is not in use. However, screens do not prevent raccoons from tearing them off and still going inside and screens do not prevent moisture from getting inside the chimney.

This is a major concern for the care of your chimney. Water entering your chimney erodes masonry and mortar joints and will cause your damper or firebox to rust out. This can lead to expensive repairs. Chimney caps also reduce the risk of fires caused by embers and sparks exiting from your chimney flue. Finally, leaves and debris entering your chimney can cause flue blockage and lead to fire, smoke damage, or even carbon monoxide poisoning.

Chimney Safety Inspections

Safety inspections are automatic with all chimney cleanings and consist of a visual inspection from both the top and bottom of the chimney. This service details the existing condition of the chimney, code violations, fire hazards, recommended cleaning or repairs and safety tips. We do not use cameras or video scanning equipment to inspect the chimney.

You may schedule just a written safety inspection for your chimney if you are unsure if it needs to be cleaned, if you are having problems with it working correctly, or if you are selling or buying a home and an inspection is required. If you decide to have the chimney cleaned while our technician is there, the inspection fee will be waived and you will be charged for just the cleaning.

Your property deserves the best, and we’re here to help!
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