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4 Reasons to Get Your Chimney Cleaned in the Spring

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about getting your chimney cleaned in the spring.

Get your chimney cleaned in the spring
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Have you had your chimney cleaned in the last year? Yearly chimney cleanings play a large role in keeping our homes and families safe from harm. If you’ve fallen behind on your chimney maintenance, fear not! You might be surprised to learn that spring is the perfect time for a chimney cleaning. Here are four reasons why you should schedule your chimney maintenance this spring or summer.

Odor Control

Chances are you used your fireplace a decent amount over the cold winter. However, you most likely won’t be using it again until late September at the earliest...

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4 Benefits of Upgrading To A Slate Roof

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about upgrading to a slate roof.

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Are you planning to upgrade your roof this year? If so, you’re probably pouring through all of your material options and weighing the pros and cons. There are a lot of roofing materials out there. Each of them offer a host of unique features and benefits. Out of all of the choices, however, we find that slate roofing offers the best combination of perks. Here are the benefits of upgrading to a slate roof!

Long Lasting

It’s no secret that slate roofing costs more than alternatives like asphalt, but there is good reason for it...

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Cleaning Dyer Vents Before Selling a Home

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about cleaning dryer vents.

Cleaning dryer vents is important before selling a home

We all clean out our lint traps after using our dryers. Unfortunately, that simply does not do enough over the long haul to keep us and our loved ones safe from potential threats. Even if we clear our lint trap after each use, lint eventually starts to build up within our dryer vents. When these buildups are ignored, major complications can arise as a result.

The Risk of Clogged Dryer Vents

Every year, around 2900 dryer fires are reported in the United States. The leading cause of these fires? You guessed it — failure to keep the vents clean and free of lint buildups...

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Fireplace Season is Here!

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fireplace season and care.

Fireplace season is here

Our Best Advice for the Fireplace Season

With the weather getting colder and winter right on the horizon, it’s safe to say that fireplace season is here. We know you want to enjoy your first fire. However, there are some steps you should take to make sure your chimney is 100% safe and ready for use.

Have a Professional Sweep Your Chimney

Having your chimney thoroughly cleaned by a professional is the best way to guarantee the safety of you and your home. Maintenance is key when it comes to future costly inconveniences or even more serious threats like house fires. That’s why The National Fire Protection Association recommends at least one chimney cleaning per year...

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Fireplace Safety 101

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fireplace safety.

Whether your home has had a fireplace for decades or you just purchased a home with a brand new fireplace tucked inside, knowing how to safely use it is essential. Fireplaces, when used and maintained properly, are very safe. However, when you don’t maintain them or pay close attention, they can lead to serious hazards and even house fires.

The Basics of Fireplace Safety

  1. Cleaning and Maintenance: Have your fireplace professionally cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. If you don’t have a chimney sweep come to complete a cleaning, there could be dangerous creosote build-up. In addition, animal nests and yard debris may be found on the inside of your chimney...
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How Long Does a Thorough Chimney Inspection and Cleaning Take?

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about your chimney inspection.

Chimney inspection

Homes are hitting the market as COVID-19 restrictions start to lift in Maryland. As a result, many home sellers are looking to list. However, getting out of the house is harder than it used to be! If your home sellers are curious about the length of time it takes for a thorough chimney inspection and cleaning, here is what they need to know.

How Long Does a Standard Chimney Inspection Take?

At Clean Sweep, our inspections are very thorough but also very streamlined. In most cases, an inspection will take about an hour from arrival at the property to submitting the report.

We use a comprehensive checklist and take photos from inside the chimney...

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What Home Sellers Should Re-Inspect After a Major Storm

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Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about inspecting your home after a storm.

When preparing to list a home, many home buyers have the most critical and expensive pieces of the property inspected—the roof, the chimney, the foundation and more. However, a major storm can completely change the safety of these essential parts of a home. It’s better to fix problems before you have an offer and you’re sitting at a table with a home inspection report.

Roof and Exterior Siding

Even if you have durable slate roofing, a great deal of damage can be done in a short period of time. Have the roof inspected for missing or broken shingles, holes, dents and any other damage...

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When is it time for an air duct cleaning?

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Air ducts need to be cleaned every 3-5 years.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about cleaning your air ducts.

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home, but it can be hard to tell when you’re overdue for a visit from Clean Sweep Maryland. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional cleaning every 3-5 years. Some conditions warrant a visit more frequently.

What Are the Benefits of an Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is great for improving indoor air quality and removing household allergens associated with asthma-like symptoms. Dust mites, pollen, pet danger and dust all enter the air and are sucked into your home’s air ducts.

When the ducts are not cleaned on a regular basis, the dirty air...

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The Basics of Slate Roofing

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about slate roofs.

As a realtor, you probably see almost every type and quality of roofing imaginable, from roofs that seem to have more bare spots than shingles to traditional composite shingles. However, many realtors lack experience with slate roofing. This high-quality roofing material can last for up to 150 years if it’s properly installed, and it adds major value to homes.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing can match almost any exterior aesthetic thanks to the wide range of textures and colors that the material comes in. It’s also completely recyclable once it has worn out. Slate roofing requires expert maintenance and specialized installation to give homeowners the best experience possible.

When Selling a Hom...

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4 Reasons You’re Having Trouble Getting a Fire Started

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about proactive chimney sweeping.

A Partially Closed Damper

If you opened the damper for your fireplace, it’s possible that something on the interior or exterior is preventing it from opening fully. Soot buildup and water damage could lead to a damper in need of repair. Clean Sweep can examine the damper and complete any necessary repairs for it to work properly again.

No Pilot Light

If you have a gas fireplace, the pilot light can be extinguished by a strong gust of wind or downdraft. Try turning the pilot light back on by turning the control knob to the pilot position. Hit the red button that lights the pilot and hold it for about a minute before turning the knob on...

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