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Chimney Cleanings and Inspections

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners have their chimney inspected at least once a year.

Chimney Care Plus offers a full portfolio of chimney and venting system services. Be it wood stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney sweep services, or dryer vents; we understand the intricacies of the venting systems in your home. We serve Frederick, Mt. Airy, Hagerstown, and Myersville. We are equipped to address all of your chimney maintenance and safety needs.

Our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps use state-of-the-art equipment to inspect and sweep both first- and second-story chimneys. We are able to service any chimney configuration, including oil, wood, and gas-burning applications. While sweeping your system, we ensure that it’s in working order. We look for any problems that can impede peak performance and recommend corrections for your system.

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Dryer Vent Closeup

In addition to servicing chimneys, we inspect and clean dryer vents in one- and two-story homes. A thorough sweep by one of our dryer exhaust technicians includes inspection for issues that might interfere with optimal operation. Highly effective diagnostic tools allow us to detect and resolve issues before they become more serious problems.

Occasionally, wood stoves and fireplaces can produce a tar or glaze called third-degree creosote which is nearly impossible to remove through regular chimney sweeping. Cre-Away is a chemical powder which modifies existing third-degree creosote by changing it into a substance that can be easily removed through normal chimney sweeping methods. The time it takes to convert depends on variables, such as type of wood burned, moisture content, burning habits, airflow, flue size, and the amount of existing buildup. Multiple cleanings and applications may be necessary to completely mitigate the existing third-degree creosote.

Using a drill, rods, and chains (a special rotary cleaning device) we can remove heavy deposits of creosote from the inner walls of the flue where standard metal wire brushes cannot. The Roto-Cleaning method is more expensive and only recommended if standard cleaning methods fail. The client will be informed if such methods are needed, as Roto-Cleaning is time consuming. Roto-Cleaning is generally the best solution for conditions of poor burning habits or a neglected flue.

Leaves in the Gutter

While we’re on the roof, we can quickly and effectively clean your gutters so that water runs away from, and not into, your home.

Our Chimney Sweep Blog

  1. Best Practices for Chimney Care

    There’s nothing greater than an evening spent in front of the fireplace as storms pass through. And it’s nights like that which make it worthwhile to take care of your home’s hearth. For the mos…Read More

  2. Creative Ideas for Firewood Storage

    If you’re like we are here at Chimney Care Plus, then you probably spend most of your free time fireside. We love our fires, and dedicate ourselves to maintaining chimneys here in Maryland so that o…Read More

  3. Signs Your Chimney Is Failing

    Now that winter is in full swing, lots of folks are using their chimneys for the first time. And most of the time, your chimney will perform as well as it did last year. That said, chimney components …Read More

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