What's the Difference between Chimney Sweeping and Flue Cleaning?

Updated by Lisa A on December 10, 2018 in

Flue Cleaning, Chimney Sweeping, Chimney Cleaning

It's a fair question, as the two are very similar, and in one case (the fireplace flue), they're the same. The two terms are often used interchangeably, even by industry insiders, as there is much ...

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Case Study: Utility Flue Blockage and a Red-Tagged Boiler

Updated by Lisa A on December 5, 2018 in

Flue Cleaning, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Caps

Can you guess what caused the damage to the below flue cap? Before we identify the culprit, a few words about the importance of caps. Chimney or flue caps are indispensable for protecting the ...

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Chimney Sweeping Basics: What, Why, How, When, and How Much.

Updated by Lisa A on October 29, 2018 in

Chimney Sweeping, Chimney Cleaning

What is chimney sweeping? Chimney sweeping is the process of cleaning the interior of a chimney flue, usually with specialized brushes, to remove any buildup or obstructions that may hinder air flow ...

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Is Your HVAC System Ready for Winter?

In preparation for winter, as you inventory your supply of hats and gloves, you may also want to take stock of your HVAC system—especially your furnace....

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Now is the Best Time to Have Your Chimney Swept: the Seasonal Rush Starts Soon.

Updated by Lisa A on September 18, 2018 in

Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Sweeping

As the season for sitting by the fireplace nears, chimney sweeping finds its way onto the to-do list of many Minnesota homeowners. In the run-up to the holidays, as people prepare their homes for ...

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Chimney Sweeping: What You Can Do Yourself and When to Call a Pro

Updated by Lisa A on September 9, 2018 in

Chimney Sweeping, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Caps

Regular chimney sweeping is a critical aspect of chimney maintenance. It improves air flow and increases draft so that smoke can be drawn upward and out of your home. But more importantly, sweeping, ...

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Chimney Sweep Case Studies: Animals Nesting Inside.

HVAC cleaning technicians wear many hats besides those of mere chimney sweeps and air duct cleaners. They're also adept cell-phone retrievers (air ducts), daring rooftop climbers (dryer vents, ...

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No Chimney Cap? Might As Well Break A Window.

Updated by Lisa A on December 5, 2018 in

Chimney Cleaning, Flue Cleaning, Chimney Caps, Chimney Sweeping

We've said it before but it bears repeating: A chimney without a chimney cap is essentially a hole in your roof, providing entry for all kinds of critters, debris, and weather elements into your flue ...

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Weird Chimney Sweeping Discoveries: Critters!

Updated by Lisa A on July 12, 2018 in

Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Sweeping, Chimney Caps

It's a common enough occurrence, but that doesn't make it any less weird, or annoying: animals nesting in the chimney. Our techs report that 95% of the time they find animals (or evidence of animals) ...

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The Importance of Furnace Flue Cleaning

Whenever our technicians are conducting a furnace cleaning, or even an air duct cleaning, it is standard practice for them to check the condition of the furnace flue as well for cleaning. Many ...

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