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
Frequently Asked Chimney Cleaning Questions
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?
For chimney cleaning or to set up an appointment:
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.