WHY CHOOSE A SWEEP ACROSS THE BAY?
Serving our neighbors in Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area, A Sweep Across the Bay is a family-owned and operated business with over 40 years of experience in cleaning, repairing, and maintaining chimneys. If you’re looking for a chimney sweep or repairs, want to install a new fireplace or insert, or simply have an unwanted visitor residing in your chimney, give us a call for superior services and honest prices.
Our goal is to provide our commercial and residential customers complete peace of mind knowing that their chimney is in safe and proper working order for maximum enjoyment.
THE VALUE OF CHIMNEY CLEANING & SWEEPING
Having serviced numerous customers over the years, A Sweep Across the Bay has made it our mission to help people understand why regular cleaning and maintenance of their chimney is so important.
First and foremost, creosote build-up from using your fireplace can cause chimney fires that warp and crack the structure. This exposes the framework of your home and increases your risk of a devastating house fire. A proper sweeping will eliminate the creosote, keeping you and your loved ones safe.
By choosing A Sweep Across the Bay for this service, we’ll also complete a thorough Level I Inspection, which includes checking for chimney blockages that could cause a carbon monoxide hazard. Our experts will also look for signs of a possible animal infestation which will also need to be addressed right away.
WHEN THE RAIN COMES FOR YOUR LEAKY CHIMNEY
When the rain comes and you notice a moisture problem we can help find the cause of your chimney leak, it tends to be a process of elimination when the problem isn’t obvious. Here are a few common causes:
No chimney cap– If your chimney isn’t protected by a professional chimney cap, rainwater can enter the chimney flue and cascade straight down the chimney, soaking masonry and the bricks of your fireplace on the way down.
Cracked chimney crown– The chimney crown is the cement cover that sits on top of your chimney, it protects flue tiles and liner. If cracks exist in this cement or mortar, water can soak through and cause moisture damage all throughout your flue system even down into the fireplace and damper.
Missing chimney liner– A chimney liner is what protects the inside of your flue. It provides a level of safety as it contains and directs the fireplace combustion products safely outside of the home. Since combustion products can and often do contain moisture, a chimney liner protects the chimney masonry getting damaged from condensation as your chimney temperatures go down. If you have a cracked or missing chimney liner, you are susceptible to moisture damage.
Improper flashing on your chimney– Chimney flashing keeps water from entering the house where the brick structure meets or comes through the roof. If your chimney flashing is old and deteriorating or damaged during a repair to your existing roof there can be a gap in between the roof and your chimney, allowing rainwater to enter your home.
At A Sweep Across The Bay, we excel at identifying these issues and the right course of action for our customers. If you notice rainfall coming inside, call us right away.
We serve the following communities and everywhere in between:
- Tampa Bay
- St Petersburg
- Tarpon Springs
- Port Richey
- Palm Harbor
- Siesta Key
- Port Charlotte
- Plant City
- Palm Harbor