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We offer Chimney Inspections with Video Scans

Chimney Video Inspection Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsTemperatures are dropping, and even the mild Pacific Northwest is seeing a drop in temperatures and changing of seasons. This is the time when you should begin to think about burn season, and keeping your household safe this winter. A lot can go wrong through the winter months, and the easiest way to stop a chimney problem is to prevent it.

Prevent Chimney Fires and Winter Damage

Chimney fires are most often caused by a blockage, buildup, or drop in chimney efficiency. When your fireplace and chimney system isn’t maintained properly, you can expect a problem. Instead of preparing for the worst, prevent it by scheduling routine maintenance. A chimney inspection can catch weaknesses and hazards that will drop the chimney’s efficiency, resulting in slowed airflow which contributes to fire.

CSIA Inspections

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend routine maintenance for the safest and most efficient chimney systems possible. By hiring a CSIA-certified company, you get a thorough inspection of the entire chimney system, and the comfort of knowing that your chimney system is without-a-doubt, fire-ready. Certified chimney sweeps undergo extensive classroom and field training before being able to call themselves certified, and then offer the best services available. There are three levels of this the CSIA inspection:

  • Level One – Required annually, when nothing has changed about the system. It includes an assessment of all the readily accessible portions of the chimney system.
  • Level Two – Required when land is sold or transferred, following a change to the system (new appliance, change in fuel type), or a natural occurrence that can affect the system (tornado, earthquake). This inspection includes everything from a level one, as well as hidden portions of the chimney system in attics and crawlspaces.
  • Level Three – Recommended when a serious hazard is identified from a lesser level inspection. This inspection is a thorough assessment of the entire system, as well as points of concern where components may be removed of the structure or the chimney for access to hazards.

Schedule with Pristine Sweeps for a CSIA Inspection Today

When you schedule your annual inspection with Pristine Sweeps, you can count on professional courtesy and expert service every time. Our technicians work swiftly and thoroughly, utilizing video equipment to show you an up-close video scan of your chimney. With this technology, we don’t miss a thing. Using the footage and the overall assessment, our technician will complete a written report for your records, and discuss repair plans if necessary.

We value all of our customers in the Seattle area, and strive to offer the services to best keep them safe and comfortable this winter. That is why we do a video scan with every inspection –not just the level two, as required. Call and ask about chimney inspections today or use our online scheduling tool.

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Your Different Gas Conversion Options

Gas Fireplace Options Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsNow is the time when homeowners begin thinking about their winter fireplace, and if you’re ready for a change, now is the perfect time to get it done before winter. You still have time!

Choosing Gas

When you choose gas, you can use your existing fireplace. Even if the fireplace is damaged, a gas insert can be retrofitted directly into it, in a safe and cost-efficient conversion. Gas also produces less waste in the atmosphere and none in the home to speak of. Gas offers the convenience of an easy on/off, flame, temperature control, and no chopping, hauling, or buying wood. Switching to gas is also a great way to save on utilities. Wood fireplaces lose a great deal of heated air up the chimney during winter, and cooled air up the chimney during summer, costing you in utilities. Many gas options are equipped with doors that stop your chimney draft, and also help the fire burn more efficiently, making it ideal for zone heating your home.

Gas Conversion Options

There are a couple of gas conversion options that Pristine Sweeps offers, and both come with many options themselves. We only sell the best products, and only offer the best, most professional work. When we convert your wood fireplace to gas, we will have you fire-ready in no time, and will not stop until you are satisfied with your new fireplace.

  • Gas Insert – An insert is a factory-made fireplace that is retro-fitted directly into the existing firebox. This type of installation has to be carefully measured, so it’s important to involve your trusted chimney sweep from start to finish. A Pristine Sweeps technician can begin by measuring your firebox, and then discuss model options for your space. Gas inserts come in a variety of styles and colors. You can opt for a tradition cast-iron look, or a sleek, contemporary one. No matter what you choose, you will have a beautiful flame, adequate heat, and convenient control over your fire.
  • Gas Logs – If your firebox and chimney is in good shape, you can choose to use your existing fireplace and hearth, with the addition of gas logs. These logs are realistic, great for zone heating, and have a convenient on/off feature and temperature control. Homeowners can even choose a type of wood that mimics the shape and color of bright birch, deep charred oak, and just about anything in between. There are vented gas logs, which will use your existing chimney for ventilation, or the vent-free option, which do not require ventilation. Vent-free gas logs are less popular conversions because of their blue flame, but they can be used if your chimney is unusable.

Conversion and Your Chimney

When you convert to gas, you will need to have your chimney assessed. Clay tile liners are not appropriate for gas fires, so you will need a new liner. Inserts require a liner in order to decrease the size of the flue for the new, smaller, appliance. The chimney should also be inspected for overall soundness, and a level two inspection is required when changes are made to the system.

Pristine Sweeps can inspect your chimney, install your new gas fireplace, and continue with all of your comprehensive chimney care. Give us a call today at 206-574-8414 to complete your conversion before winter.

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