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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Clean Your Chimney?

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How Much Does It Cost to Have Your Chimney Swept?

Do you have a fireplace in your home? If you do and use it with some measure of frequency, you’re going to want to acquire some basic maintenance skills. Treating this important foundation structure properly is key to house maintenance. According to a survey of almost fifteen thousand nationwide homeowners, the average chimney sweep cost is approximately $228. This average is based on an average of numbers, with the price vacillating between $125 and $332.

If you have a wood fireplace, it is highly advisable that you keep regular maintenance. Build-up from years of neglect could total as much as $800. While using a wood-burning fireplace in the winter can lower your electric bills, smoke in the stack leaves remnants of ash and carbon residue. This residue needs to be extracted at least annually because it can lead to chimney fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and a troubling lack of airflow.

Is it Safe to Clean Your Own Chimney?

When safety precautions have been put in place, and with a repertoire of handy knowledge, a safe cleaning can be accomplished. It is advisable to clean your chimney in the fall, before the burning season begins. Whether or not you choose to undertake chimney cleaning in Bridgewater, NJ yourself is ultimately up to you. There are a series of considerations to take under advisement. First of all, never clean your chimney with an active fire. The chimney should be cool, and no fire should be present. Also, wear protective eye and mouth gear, such as a dust mask. This is because you do not want to breath in these pollutants. DRX Duct Cleaning has the correct tools to get this job completed successfully.

Do Chimney Sweeping Logs Really Work?

Creosote is the name of the filmy residue that is deposited in a flue by burning wood. When a sweep commences, creosote is the substance that needs to be removed. Creosote is a huge fire risk. Creosote sweeping logs are available on the shelves of many big-box stores. You may be wondering, as a consumer, if these logs really work. The verdict is in: yes, creosote logs work, but only up to a point. Creosote sweeping logs dry up the creosote in the fireplace. Once the creosote dries up, soot particles naturally fall into the fireplace. Burning a creosote log makes the next fire safer, and the next chimney sweeping easier.

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How Often Should You Sweep Your Chimney?

this really depends on how often you use your chimney. The job of the chimney sweeper is to remove soot, built up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and damper. Even if you only have minimal use of your fireplace, you should get an annual chimney inspection to make sure that all your systems are in working order. The National Fire Protection Association states that, “fireplaces shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

The CSIA, Chimney Safety Institute of America, has a more specific requirement, stipulating that fireplaces should be cleaned when there is an eighth of an inch of soot build-up found.

Common Issues

While it may not seem necessary to clean your chimney often, expect the following issues if you don’t:

  • Birds, squirrels, and raccoons making your chimney a makeshift home.
  • Blockages caused by branches, leaves, and outside debris. These blockages can cause critical problems.
  • Creosote possibly igniting a fire in your chimney due to the presence of build up.

Once again, creosote is a dangerous substance containing a high percentage of soot. The first layer of creosote can be removed with a chimney brush. If your chimney catches on fire, it is not a stretch for that fire to spread to your home, and for further damage to occur.

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What is Your Chimney Made Of?

In order to find out what it’s made of, let’s first diagram what kind of fireplace you have. There are two main types of fireplaces – masonry fireplaces and factory built fireplaces. A masonry fireplace possesses a firebox built of individual, generally yellowish firebrick, with a brick chimney above the roof. A prefab, or factory built fireplace generally has a firebox of cast refractory panels and generally speaking there is some metal visible in the room around the firebox.

Masonry composites are primarily made of brick and mortar. They usually have some sort of internal liner to protect the flue from damage. In factory made chimneys, the flue is made completely out of metal, and resembles a pipe or tube. This liner can be made out of clay tiles, aluminum or steel, or a cast-in place material.

The Flue

A flue is a duct, pipe, or opening that conveys exhaust gases from a fireplace. Flues can also transmit gases from a furnace, water heater, boiler, or generator to the outdoors.

How Do I Clean My Liner?

Cleaning a liner is a time-consuming process, but can be done. The first thing you need to do is remove the rain cap. Next, you will select the proper size nylon, poly, or natural bristle chimney brush to clean the liner. You will need to make sure that the brush head passes throughout the complete length of the liner, including the connectors, terminals and tees. Next, you will need to connect the cleaning brush to the end of the cleaning rod. Insert the brush down the flue from the top of the chimney. Guide the chimney brush up and down the flue.

You will want to add more cleaning rods to extend further down the chimney. After sweeping, use a shovel to remove the ash and creosote that has fallen from the flue.

The Brush

When choosing a brush for your fireplace, be sure to select a brush that fits accordingly with the size and dimension of your fireplace. The material of a chimney brush is usually composed of metal wire or polypropylene, and will suit the masonry or factory built origin of your fireplace. For masonry chimneys, metal wire brushes will be the ideal instrument for chimney cleaning. Likewise, for factory built chimneys, polypropylene, which will not be too harsh on the metal liner.

If you live in the North Plainfield and Bridgewater, NJ area, consult the professionals at DRX DUCT LLC for all your chimney needs. Call today!

3 Reasons to Schedule Fireplace Chimney Cleaning

Fireplace Chimney Cleaning Sweep Performing Chimney Cleaning

Regular Fireplace Chimney Cleaning is an Important Part of Protecting Your Home.

Fireplaces can be a wonderful luxury in modern homes, but they can also be incredibly dangerous if not properly maintained. One important part of maintaining the integrity of your fireplace is regular Fireplace Chimney Cleaning. Now that winter has passed and the weather is starting to get warmer, it is a great time consider hiring a professional to clean your chimney. If you would like to schedule chimney cleaning in your home, contact the staff a DRX DUCT LLC. We are here to make sure the air quality in your home is the best that it possibly can be.

Benefits of a Fireplace Chimney Cleaning

There are many reasons to make sure your chimney is cleaned regularly. Here are some the main reasons why this is such an important part of your home maintenance.

It Allows For Proper Ventilation
Fires produce smoke, carbon monoxide, and other harmful gases. If the chimney is blocked, these gases won’t be able to get outside your home and instead will fill your living room. This could have dire consequences for your and your family.

It Improves Overall Safety
Over time creosote and other debris can build up in your chimney. If it isn’t removed on a regular basis, it can create a fire hazard for your home. Regular chimney cleaning allows you to protect your home and family.

It Extends the Life of Your Chimney
Your chimney and smokestack can wear out over time. A regular chimney cleaning and inspection can help pinpoint problems and get them fixed before they cause significant damage and you have to get the whole chimney rebuilt.

If you have questions about the condition of your chimney or would like to schedule an appointment for chimney cleaning in North Plainfield and Bridgewater, NJ, call our staff at 908.755.2950.

Dampers, What Are they And What Should I Do With Them?

What Are Dampers And What Should I Do With Them?

Learn What Dampers Are and What To Do With Them.

A lot of air ducts systems contain dampers within the duct work. The purpose of the dampers is to control air flow, which in turn affects the temperature in the room. Rooms that either face the sun, or contain a lot of windows may need more AC in the summer, but less heat in the winter. A room with minimal to no sun exposure may need more heat, but less AC. This is where the dampers do their work.

Dampers are usually found where the main trunk line connects to the supply duct. (duct work that supplies air to various areas of your home). You will see a lever that can be turned to adjust the position of the damper. You’ll want to turn this to a fully open position. If your dampers need to be adjusted seasonally, you may find it helpful to use a marker and mark the duct work with what position the lever is in and mark its position optimal flow. It is also a good idea to write which area of your home this particular duct services.

Once the damper is open, go to the room it services (be sure the register or vent is fully open) and check the air flow. If you feel it is sufficient, leave the damper in this position. If it is a particularly sunny or warm space, you might want to adjust the damper. Repeat this process throughout your home until you have achieved your desired air flow.

Also, remember not to close off the dampers on your vent covers as they are the breathing point for your system. Restricting air to and from the furnace could put a heavy work load and increase pressure on your HVAC system!

If you need air duct cleaning in New Jersey, call DRX Duct today at 908.755.2950 for an NADCA certified technician.

Is The Indoor Air Quality In My Child’s School Safe?

Is The Indoor Air Quality In My Child's School Safe?

Find Out What You Can Do For Your Child’s Schools Indoor Air Quality.

Between before school care, after school care, clubs and sports activities, weekend programs, and other outside groups that may also use the school, most school buildings are in use at least 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Janitors can be seen hard at work mopping and sweeping floors etc, but what about the areas they can’t clean? With all the traffic in and out, you may wonder how they keep their air quality clean. Is there any system in place to assure you that the furnaces, air ducts, ventilators and AC units are cleaned regularly? How can you be sure your child is not breathing in potentially harmful particles in large amounts such as dust, mold etc, or that the same germs are not circulating over and over again? What about renovations? Have the floors been sanded in the gym recently? Were any old floors in the school torn out and replaced over the Summer? Have there been any additions onto the school? Those types of construction debris could be lurking in the system, too.

Have you noticed your child doesn’t feel well after coming home from school, or their asthma flares up while at school? Every child deserves a safe and healthy environment to learn in. They should not feel anxious that they may have an asthma attack or feel ill while trying to concentrate and learn.

So, what can you do about it? According to HEALTHYSCHOOLS.ORG, “There are 130,000 public and private schools enrolling 55 million children and employing 7 million adults…. The EPA reports that ½ of all schools have problems with indoor pollution. This contributes to rising asthma cases, absenteeism, concentration, and headaches…” School officials take these types of matters very seriously. Contact the school principal or superintendent and ask what is being done to maintain the indoor air quality at your child’s school. You may consider writing a letter or bringing your concerns to the PTA to address. These types of things will not be overlooked.

DRX Duct Cleaning has performed commercial air duct cleaning in schools across New Jersey. We have state of the art equipment, along with the necessary education and training to properly execute a cleaning on this scale. It is VITAL that an NADCA certified air duct cleaning company is chosen for this type of work! DRX Duct cleaning is not only an NADCA certified company, but we guarantee that an NADCA certified technician will always be on site. We have the knowledge necessary and experience where it counts to get the job done right. Call us today at 908.755.2950 to ensure your child’s schools indoor air quality is clean with air duct cleaning.