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Industrial Chimney Cleaning and Inspection

Industrial Chimney Cleaning and Inspection

Industrial Chimney Cleaning and Inspection

It's dangerous not to have your chimney cleaned and inspected regularly, in fact, fire codes mandate it. Chimney fires burn ferociously igniting in a matter of seconds from years of built up creosote. These fires can burn at 2100 degrees F. They frequently melt dampers and chimney caps, and can actually "melt" mortar! Flames and dense smoke rush out of the chimney and into plant areas with extreme force and with such pressure and extreme heat that anything in its path will be completely destroyed including your valuable facility, inventory, and years of hard work. More importantly and tragically, employee death and/or injury may result! True fire safety is prevention. Through industrial chimney cleaning and inspection you can help avoid such dangers.

Chimney Cricket guarantees top quality workmanship, through the expertise and professionalism of our workforce and management. From industrial chimney cleaning and inspection, our industrial chimney cleaning services make your facility safer.


If you have these types of chimneys and smokestacks contact us today:


  • Concrete Chimneys
  • Brick Chimneys
  • Steel Industrial Chimneys
  • Flare Stacks

Our trained technicians will comprehensively assess all aspects of your chimney including:


  • Multiple Vertical Drops
  • Concrete Columns
  • Lightning Protection System
  • Brickwork and Mortar Joints
  • Protective Coatings
  • Access Ladder and Safety Rail
  • Platforms, Structural Support Steel
  • Masonry Repairs
  • Breachings and Ducting
  • Liner (Brick, Steel, FRP)
  • Access Doors
  • Chimney Base
  • Video Inspection
  • Cap, Hood and Venturies
  • Thermal Refractory Coatings
  • Remote Video Inspection
  • Tuckpointing, Crack and Spall Repair
  • Adam Brammer
Brick / Smoke Stain Cleaning

Brick / Smoke Stain Cleaning

Brick / Smoke Stain Cleaning

Being completely exposed to all of the elements, exterior brick collects lots of dirt. Interior brick in and around the fireplace may also become soiled due to smoke emissions. Let the professionals at Chimney Cricket work their powerwashing magic on your chimney and home to make sure both exterior and interior brick is clean of dirt and smoke stains. Brick cleaning and smoke stain cleaning will make your home look like new.

How We Do It?

As smoke stains and dirt builds over time, Chimney Cricket can remove those unsightly stains with biodegradable chemical cleaning solutions. These brick cleaning solutions are safe and do not harm plants. A team of professionals will use these cleaning solutions, in conjunction with exceptional power washing machines, to quickly and easily clean your brick and smoke stains. Both hot and cold water pressure washing machines are available.

What Can Be Powerwashed?

Below is a short list of some objects that can be powerwashed by Chimney Cricket:


  • Buildings/Houses
  • Chimneys
  • Roofs
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Adam Brammer
Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning

At Chimney Cricket, we clean the flammable lint, bird nests, and debris from your dryer vent. Dryer vent cleaning performed on a regular basis assures your dryer is operating at an optimum level and will ensure a speedy drying time. Dryer vent cleaning offers the following benefits:

  1. Save money on gas and electric bills
  2. Prevents wear on clothing caused by excessive drying times
  3. Stops excess wear and tear on the dryer caused by overheating and extended use
  4. Will prevent unnecessary service calls from an appliance repairman

Dryer vent cleaning improves the safety and efficiency of your dryer installation. As dryer vents become filled with lint and other debris, drying time increases and can cause the dryer itself to overheat. This increases energy consumption since the dryer has to run longer to dry your clothes and can also cause fires in the dryer or the dryer duct.

Our professionals perform commercial / residential dryer vent cleaning and maintenance.

Most Homeowners Do Not Realize That Dryer Vents Need To Be Cleaned

A homeowner will notice that clothes take longer than usual to dry. They usually think that their dryer is just getting old. However, most of the time the problem is that the dryer vent is partially or completely clogged.

How Do You Know If You Need Your Dryer Vent Cleaned?

Well if your dryer is connected to an exterior wall, then you probably are not going to have much of a problem. To check, turn the dryer on and look where the hose connects to the exterior wall. Go on the roof to where the dryer vent gooseneck is and feel the exterior dryer vent . There should be a forceful breeze coming from the vent. If there isn't, then the hose behind the dryer is probably kinked or clogged.

If you have noticed that your dryer is running longer than it used to, your dryer vent may be in need of a cleaning. Some dryer vents are relatively short and straight and can be cleaned easily by the homeowner, but others aren't that easy and may require the use of special tools and equipment. Chimney Cricket has tools designed for dryer vent cleaning and with these tools we are able to do a thorough job of cleaning even the most difficult installations. While dryer vents are routinely blocked with lint, animal nesting is also another frequent cause of dryer vent blockage and our equipment allows us to remove these blockages as well. Another problem created by blocked dryer vents serving gas dryers is the possibility of carbon monoxide seepage into your home. If the dryer is not exhausting properly to the outdoors, CO can back up into the home.

We measure the duct back pressure before and after the dryer vent cleaning process to determine the effectiveness of the cleaning. This also helps insure your dryer duct installation does not exceed recommended limits.

  • Adam Brammer
Chimney Deglazing

Chimney Deglazing

Chimney Deglazing

Chimney Cricket Chimney Deglazing Procedure

Most chimney glaze/creosote removal treatments require three visits over two weeks. On the first visit, we score the surface of the glaze with a chimney brush, and then saturate it with TSR, a chemical reactor. TSR needs to be above 50 degrees to work, so chimney glaze removal is best to be done in the warmer times of year (Spring & Summer). In colder weather, you must have at least four fires during the following week, opening the draft control, and damper or baffle-bypass on your stove enough to allow as much heat as possible up the chimney (we recommend you monitor these fires in case the glaze ignites). One week later, on the second visit, we sweep out the broken-down glaze and re-apply the chemical to any remaining chimney glaze. On the third visit, we remove the last of the residue and spray the flue with a chemical that neutralizes the TSR. Occasionally, when deposits are extra dense and or thick, additional treatments may be needed for final cleaning to break down and remove all the layers.

How Creosote Becomes Chimney Glaze

Creosote is a liquid that condenses onto the inner walls of connector pipes and chimneys as wood smoke cools. When creosote dries, it gradually hardens, taking the following forms:

Stage 1: velvet soot

Stage 2: porous and crunchy in makeup

Stage 3: shiny, rock-hard chimney glaze.

The buildup of chimney glaze is denser and harder than brick, and sticks to the chimney inside walls. Chimney brushes can’t sweep it out and any blower strong enough to break the glaze could damage the chimney itself.

Why Does Chimney Glaze Form?

Fresh layers of creosote rapidly build up, accumulating quickly when previous creosote layers don't dry completely. The newly formed layers then insulate the partially-hardened previous deposits from the heat of the wood exhaust that dries them, resulting in a heavy buildup of sticky creosote, which eventually solidifies. This creates the stone-solid substance known as chimney glaze. The excessive creosote accumulation that leads to glaze formation is usually caused by the improper burning or venting of airtight wood stoves. Specifically, chimney glaze will often form when the chimney is larger than the vent opening on the appliance (causing sluggish draft), when unseasoned or wet wood is burned, or when the draft control on an airtight appliance is habitually set too low, causing the fire to smolder. Creosote removal is crucial to prevent chimney fires protecting your family and home.

Chimney Deglazing the Toughest Creosote Buildup

We’ll break down the chimney glaze chemically. The chemicals needed for the job are not available to the general public, so call in a Chimney Cricket today and have the job done professionally.

  • Adam Brammer
Gas Log Tune-Ups

Gas Log Tune-Ups

Has your gas fireplace flame lost that nice glow like when it was brand new?


Is the flame and ember looking "burnt out"?


From time to time a gas log tune-up is needed to keep your fireplace functioning like new.


Our 12 Point Inspection will keep your Gas Fireplace Safe and Looking New.

The professionals at Chimney Cricket will make your fireplace flame beautiful again by examining every part of your gas fireplace.


We will check:

  • The Pilot
  • The Igniter
  • All of the Valves
  • The Burners
  • The Blower
  • We will check for the correct gas pressure
  • Gas Leaks
  • Gas Log Condition
  • For Carbon Monoxide Leaks
  • Additional parts that keep your gas fireplace working properly
  • For Proper Venting of the Chimney and the Flue.
  • We will also Replace Ember Bed Material and Sand if Necessary.

A gas log tune-up from Chimney Cricket is a comprehensive inspection that will maintain the splendor of your home's gas fireplace. Contact our professionals today!

  • Adam Brammer
Gutter Installation and Repair

Gutter Installation and Repair

Gutter Installation and Repair

Clogged downspouts and overflowing gutters can lead to extensive damage to your home, landscaping, and cement basement walls. Gutters become clogged when leaves and other debris fall onto your roof and then collect in your gutters.

Seamless gutter guards, or gutter covers, eliminate unsightly joints and reduce the possibility of leaks while reducing the buildup of gutter debris. They are created to the exact dimensions of your home and will be installed by Chimney Cricket professionals.

In the past, gutter systems were installed using gutter spikes. Gutter spikes, over time, will come loose and protrude from the gutter itself, making them very unattractive. Today, we install our gutter guards, or gutter covers, using stainless steel screws and hidden hangers. Hidden hangers are less likely to come loose and are more attractive because they are out of sight at ground level.

Gutter Guard Benefits:

  • Baked on enamel finish never needs painting
  • Protects the beauty of your home and landscaping
  • Gutters custom formed on the job site
  • Available in colors to either match or contrast your existing gutters



Gutter Cleaning Services

Gutter cleaning by Chimney Cricket is done by hand and bagged at the roof level, so no debris falls on the yard below. We always check downspouts to ensure proper drainage. We offer gutter repair and have both liability insurance (the window is covered if we break it) and workers compensation insurance (the leg is covered if we break it). If you don't feel like dragging out the ladder and doing it yourself, our gutter cleaning services are quick and reasonably priced. Also, we offer soffit, fascia, gutter installation, and gutter repair services. Our crews will provide service beyond your expectations.

  • In most locations, it's typically recommended that gutters be cleaned in spring and fall. If your lot is heavily wooded, you may consider adding a third annual cleaning.

 

Our fees for gutter cleaning services are calculated by the square footage of your home.

For your Gutter Cleaning / Installation / Repair, Schedule an appointment with a Chimney Cricket professional today.

  • Adam Brammer
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