Q&A Chimney cleaning question

QandA Posted By QandA, Jan 1, 2005 at 2:20 PM

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    Mr. Issod, I was able to get my fireplace insert working due to your help this past fall. Thanks for the help, but now I have another question. I scheduled a chimney cleaner to come in, and when I told him that I had an insert, he said he would cost a little more due to some chemical that either forms, or is needed when cleaning due to the insert. He quoted me $85. Do you know what he is talking about? He is supposed to come tomorrow night, so if you can respond asap, I'd appreciate it. I have the insert out right now because I put a new hearth in over the weekend, and want to get the chimney cleaned before my new carpet is installed this Saturday.



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    Sweeps usually charge for for doing an insert, but this is usually related to the fact they have to remove and reinstall the unit. As far as a chemical, perhaps he is assuming that the chimney is very dirty and has "class 3" (sticky, tar) creosote in it..in this case, there is a chemical that can remove it. However, this normally costs hundreds of $$$...so I'm not sure what he is talking about. Maybe he's intending to leave you with a small supply of anti-creosote spray or powder.... which costs closer to $12.00 for a bottle. Either way, having an insert, especially a newer and cleaner burning model, does not mean a sweep MUST use chemicals of any kind...be sure to clarify his intentions
     
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