Does My Dryer Vent Need Cleaned?

Your dryer vent may not be something you ever think about. However, there are about 15,500 fires each year that are associated with dryer vents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Should you schedule a dryer vent cleaning along with your chimney cleaning in Woodstock? Advanced Chimney Sweeps answers that question.chimney cleaning in woodstock

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

In short, yes, your dryer vent probably needs to be cleaned. If you haven’t thought about it in a while, let alone cleaned, it’s almost definitely something that’s needed. You clean out your lint filter when you’re doing laundry. You know how much lint can be produced by a dryer. That lint is getting built up in your dryer vent over time, causing poorer airflow as the lint accumulates.

Lint traps aren’t a foolproof solution. While they can trap a large amount of lint, a lot still ends up in the dryer vent. Lint particles can be extremely tiny. This means they can get through the holes that are in your lint trap. The trap can only catch so much, so it’s important to realize how much is actually getting through.

Usually, homes have plastic or foil dryer vents that have ridges similar to accordions in order to promote flexibility. However, these ridges are also asking to be filled with lint. If they’re moving frequently, it’s easy to get every ridge packed full as it moves while the dryer is running. Both plastic and foil are also flammable. Between this and their tendency to collect lint, they’re an extreme fire hazard if they aren’t cleaned regularly.

If you have a do it yourself cleaning kit on your dryer vent, you may also be doing more harm than good. These devices usually aren’t successful at removing all of your lint. You may also be compacting the lint. This means that there’s a chance that blockages can be formed of this compacted lint. This can cause further problems to your dryer and vent.

Advanced Chimney Sweeps Offerings

While we often focus on Woodstock chimney cleaning, we offer numerous services besides that and dryer vent cleaning for your home. We also provide chimney service and repair, leak and smoke solutions, and accessories for your chimney, such as chimney caps and rain pans. We also offer installation of gas logs for your new fireplace.

Are you ready to make your house a safer home for everyone in it? Call us today or request services online!

Posted in: chimney cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning

Tips To Prepare Your Fireplace This Winter

Finally! It is the time of year that you can begin to use your fireplace due to the dropping temperatures outside. Your fireplace can be the centerpiece in your home for new memories to be made during the holiday season. You are going to watch to make sure that your fireplace is ready to operate properly and safely when the time comes to use your fireplace in the winter. Fireplace safety in Woodstock is crucial to keeping your family and home safe. We have listed a few tips below that can help you ensure your family will be safe and enjoy your fireplace to years to come!fireplace safety woodstock

Chimney Sweep

  • This is a service that is recommended to be done annually as a chimney sweep will remove any dangerous soot and debris that may have been leftover from last season, as well as any debris that may be stuck in your chimney from the spring, summer, or fall.

Check Your Chimney Cap

  • A chimney cap is used to prevent animals such as birds from entering your fireplace, as well as keep out any unwanted debris such as leaves from entering your chimney. During the summer months, we tend to get some pretty mean thunderstorms that roll through, and before using your chimney for the winter, it would be a great time to check for a damaged or missing chimney cap.

Inspect For Damages

  • Typically at the end of the summer, we are prone to some severe thunderstorms, so prior to firing up your fireplace for the winter, you want to physically inspect your chimney for any damages that may need to be repaired prior to use. Some typical damages to look for would be missing mortar, loose bricks, or cracks in the mortar. These are pretty typical things that happen to your chimney and need to be addressed.

Do Not Overload Your Fireplace

  • While you may be thinking that the more firewood in your fireplace, the bigger and warmer the fire will be, it will more than likely end in disaster if you overload your fireplace. Make sure to use the correct amount of firewood for the size of your fireplace. Large, high heat fires can damage your chimney liner and your home.

Free Chimney Estimate

Contact us today if you need any of the above-listed services or need some help preparing your chimney to be used this winter. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can be reached at 770.884.6475 or you can REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Chimney Checklist For Winter, Overloading Your Chimney

What Is A Chimney Pan and Do I Need One?

As an experienced chimney sweep in Marietta, Advanced Chimney Sweep recommends using a chimney pan to keep your chimney dry. Learn more about why you should prevent your chimney from getting wet and how a chimney pan can help.chimney sweep marietta

If you are an experienced chimney owner, then you know how important it is to keep your chimney dry and to prevent leaks. If you are new to having a chimney in your home, then you will learn very quickly how important it is to keep your chimney dry to prevent the growth of black mold in your chimney. This can create a toxic environment for you and your family. 

What Is A Chimney Pan?

  • A chimney pan will cover the surface of the top of your chimney which is also known as the flue. A chimney pan, unlike a chimney crown, is made of stainless steel that prevents water from penetrating the masonry of your chimney. Cement is porous, which means that if water seeps into it, it can deteriorate the structural integrity of your chimney. 

What Problems Can Arise If I Do Not Have A Chimney Pan?

  • If you have a damaged chimney pan or do not have a chimney pan at all, then your chimney walls will be exposed to water. Most likely, you have a chimney made of cement or brick, which is porous. This means that water can seep into the cement, causing a wide range of problems such as black mold. 

What Is Black Mold?

  • Black mold is toxic to breathe in and can be very dangerous to yourself and your loved ones if it is breathed into your body. If black mold settles in your chimney, it is difficult to detect and needs to be professionally removed. Black mold will continue to grow and can affect the structure of your chimney and can spread to the beams in your home and drywall. If you notice any signs of black mold, contact us immediately. 

Free Chimney Estimate

Contact us today if you notice that your chimney pan has been damaged or if you do not have one, or if you notice any type of black mold or damage to your chimney. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can be reached at 770.884.6475 or you can REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Chimney Cap, Chimney Pan, Rain Pan

Cleaning Tips That You Can Do For Your Fireplace

Just about everything that you deal with on a regular basis needs proper maintenance and cleaning and the same goes for your fireplace. Proper cleaning of your fireplace will not only help ensure that your fireplace will remain working safely as it should, but will also look as new as it should. 

You may think that you need to be a fireplace professional to simply clean your fireplace; however, it is actually quite the opposite, and we have made an easy to do list at home that you can do before calling a professional to inspect your fireplace.  With proper home cleaning and inspections, you can rest assured that your fireplace will look and operate as intended for many years to come.

Self Inspection

  • Make sure to inspect your chimney and lining for creosote build up. Anytime the creosote builds up over 1/4 thick or more, than a cleaning is mandatory before your next use as it is combustible and can catch fire if not cleaned out and removed.


  • Make sure that your flue is open during the sweeping process as the creosote and soot are not healthy to breathe in. If your vacuum has a brush attachment available on it, then that may be a good option for you as it will help eliminate any debris from entering the air you breathe. Make sure to sweep/vacuum under the logs as well while doing this step.

Check Outside

  • It is always good to make sure that your chimney cap is still installed properly and has not been knocked off by anything. Same goes for the mesh around the sides of the cap as this serves as fire prevention on your fireplace. Also, if you have any lingering branches or bushes around your fireplace, you will want to trim or remove those to help prevent any type of damage or fire to your home.

Free Chimney Estimate

Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred or if you have any questions about keeping your fireplace running at peak condition at 770.884.6475 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Clean Fireplace, Self Inspection, Sweep Your Fireplace

Why You Should Upgrade Your Fireplace This Fall

Whether you already have a fireplace in your home or are having a home built, you will probably wonder how you can upgrade your fireplace. We are going to explain why upgrading your fireplace is important.

 You Are Having A Home Built With A Fireplace
  • First off, congratulations on having your home built to your liking. Chances are the builder will attempt to sell you some upgrades for your fireplace, and you are going to want to pay close attention to what they are installing in the fireplace. The goal is to keep the cool air inside during the summer, and warm air inside during the winter. Upgrading your fireplace on average cost between two and three thousand dollars, and your typical home mortgage is for thirty years, which breaks down to just about five dollars per month. Making it affordable and worth every penny!
You Already Have A Fireplace In Your Home
  • Just like if you are having a home built, you do not want a builder’s grade fireplace in your home, and the materials are usually cheaper and not the best. In fact, a builders grade fireplace is more like a decoration rather than an alternative heat source for your home. Upgrading the components on your fireplace is crucial to the efficiency of your fireplace and even keeping animals outside of your home entering through the fireplace.


  • More than likely if you have a fireplace, it is in your family room, and the fireplace is the focal point of that room. A builder’s grade fireplace will often have basic building materials on the outside and some sort of fabricated stone attempting to give it a certain look. However, after time, these inexpensive materials will begin to wear and not look appealing. Just like your kitchen, your fireplace could use some natural stone, and some woodwork that is professional. This will help set off your main room, and most likely be a conversation starter every time someone new views your fireplace.

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Contact us today if you are interested in upgrading your fireplace, inside or outside, at 770.884.6475 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Fireplace Upgrade, Upgrade

Tips For You & Your Fireplace This Summer

Fireplaces are wonderful and can provide much-needed warmth for your family on a chilly summer night. It can also be around an area where you and your family use to socialize after a busy day. As wonderful as a fireplace can be, it can also be the source of some problems as fireplaces can be complicated and difficult to maintain. With that being said, we have made a list of essential tips to use that relate to the use of your fireplace.

The Wood

Choosing the right wood to burn can be more important than you may realize. Here are some tips for choosing the correct wood for your fireplace.

  • Make sure to not use wood that is wet or damp. A good tip to make sure that your wood is properly dried is that when you buy wood, store it in a dry place for use the following year. Properly dried wood will burn more evenly in your fireplace.
  • Do not use chemicals to start your fire. Only use wood, newspaper or maybe a pinecone. Make sure to refrain from using lighter fluid or gasoline to start your fire as they can let harmful toxins enter the living space of your home.

Check Your Chimney Cap

Your chimney cap is located on top of your chimney and needs to be checked on a regular basis.

  • The first thing to check is that your chimney cap is still on your chimney and secured tightly and centered over your chimney. Make sure that there is not enough room for debris or an animal to get in there.
  • Next, make sure to clear any branches or debris away from your chimney cap as it is an obvious fire hazard due to your chimney cap getting hot when a fire is lit.

Always Keep A Fire Extinguisher Handy

We hope that you never need to use it, but it is important to make sure that you have a non-expired fire extinguisher near your fireplace in case of an emergency.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred or if you have any questions about keeping your fireplace safe for you and your loved ones at 770.884.6475or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Chimney Cap, fireplace safety, Fireplace Wood

What To Know About A Chimney Swift

What you need to know about chimney sweeps Advanced Chimney SweepsIf you have a chimney at your home, then you are probably aware of chimney swift, and why they choose chimneys as a preferred nesting spot. You are also probably aware of what to do and what not to do when you hear birds chirping inside your chimney walls. 

What Is  A Chimney Swift?

  • A chimney swift is a small bird that is rather oddly shaped, with a rounded wings and small round head. The head is so small that the beak is barely visible. Both males and females are of the same size and weight.

What Is The Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

  •  Way back in 1918, the USA decided to federally protect this bird from becoming an endangered species by placing the chimney swift under this act. What this does for the chimney swift is punishes anyone that is caught moving, disturbing or destroying a chimney swift or their nest that contains eggs with hefty fines.

Why Do They Choose My Chimney For Their Nest?

  • The chimney swift is actually looking for a nice quiet hollowed out tree for their nest. However, as our trees become more limited due to new construction and growth, these birds will be forced to settle for your man-made chimney. Your man-made chimney resembles a hollow tree as it is dim and enclosed.

What Can I Do Once I Hear Them Chirping or Is It Too Late?

  • Unfortunately, due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, you will not be able to do anything about the Chimney Swift’s until they have their babies, and leave your chimney for the winter-time. Then you can act by giving us a call, and we can come in to remove the nest, and any bird mites or fecal matter that they may have left behind. We can also prevent them from returning next summer by installing preventative items on your chimney, such as a new chimney cap.

Free Chimney Estimate

Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred if you have been paid a visit by some Chimney Sweep’s, at 770.884.6475 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Bird, Chimney Bird, Chimney Swift

What Not To Burn In Your Fireplace

While it may seem logical that you can burn just about anything in your fireplace, that is not the case! Burning certain items in your fireplace can result in damaging your fireplace and even releasing certain chemicals and toxins into your home harming you and your loved one. We have made a list of common items that you may have in your home that should never be burned in your fireplace.

Certain Paper & Cardboard Products

  • While it may be very convenient to toss last night’s pizza box in the fireplace, it is not a wise decision as the colored print on the box may actually be painted on and upon burning could release toxic gas or chemicals into your household. The same goes for paper towels with colored print, soda can box, and any other paper or cardboard that has colored print on them.

Anything Plastic

  • It does not matter if your plastic bottle is made of recycled material or not, do not burn plastic anything in your fireplace. This goes for bottles, plastic cartons, or even the plastic bags from the grocery store. Burning plastic will release chemicals that can be dangerous to your health if you breathe them in.

Tree’s & Brush

  • Depending on where you live, it can be a hassle to bag up every small pile of leaves or brush that compile in your yard. However, it is well worth the extra trouble and you may not know everything that you are burning and some plants such as poison ivy, sumac or oak can cause the same allergic reactions when burned as if you were to touch it. The last thing you want in the air in your home is that of a poison brush that can contaminate the air you and your family are breathing.

Painted or Treated Wood

  • This is similar to why you should not burn painted or printed cardboard or paper. Depending on what your wood is painted or treated with, burning it will release toxic chemicals into the air that you and you’re loved will breathe while inside your home.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred if you have burned materials that are on the above list at 770.884.6475or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Burning Plastic, Painted Wood, What Not To Burn In Your Fireplace

How To Know If My Chimney Has An Airflow Issue

A fireplace is great for your home for several different reasons such as entertaining guests, a centerpiece for your holiday decorations, and even a way to cut your energy cost due to rising electricity and gas costs. However, like with almost everything, with positives, there are sure to be some negatives. We have listed some possible reasons that could be wrong with your chimney if you are experiencing a smokey living room or living space around your chimney.


  • If you have smoke coming back into your living area from the chimney, and your chimney is existing for some time, and this is a new problem, the chances are that there is a blockage somewhere within your chimney preventing the smoke from traveling up the chimney. A blockage can be a pretty simple fix such as a bird’s nest, or just a build-up of creosote that needs to be cleaned.

How & What You Burn

  • There may not even be a blockage causing your chimney not to pass the smoke through your chimney as designed. It may actually be what you are burning and how you are burning it.  For example, if you burn paper or pine wood, this will cause more smoke that your chimney has been designed to handle causing a smokey living area inside your home. Also, burning green or unseasoned firewood will also give you a very similar effect.

Poor Draft

  • If you have made it passed the above two concerns, then we may have a more serious issue. If there is no blockage and you are burning your materials within your fireplace, then you may have a design flaw with your chimney. For example, your fireplace may be too short, your flue maybe too small for your fireplace, or you may even need a chimney fan. If you think that you may have a design flaw with your chimney, the best option would be to give us a call as soon as possible.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred during the winter months at 770.884.6475or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Chimney Damage, Creosote Build Up, Drafty Chimney, seasoned firewood

Make Sure Your Chimney Is Ready For Summer

Wow, what a winter we just had here in Georgia with record-breaking winds and rainfalls. We made it through, and we are hoping that your chimney did as well. However, if it has not made it through and you suffered from a crack or leak, now is the time to give us a call to get your chimney repaired!

If your chimney did make it through the winter time, then guess what? With the summer about to be upon us, now you get to add heat to a mix up of high winds and heavy rains.

We have listed a few things that can go wrong with your chimney during winter weather and winter storms. 

Flue Damage

  • If any protective material is damaged or broken during a storm, this will lead water to the Flue Liner. This can cause your flue liner to rust and deteriorate. As this deterioration progresses, this will cause moisture, heat, smoke and other gases to enter your home. This can cause serious damage to the people inside your home and is a potential fire hazard.

Cap Damage

  • The cap of your chimney is a cover that sits on top of your chimney and is designed to help prevent water, debris, and animals from damaging your chimney. Severe storms and high winds can damage your cap or even remove it completely. Caps are also subject to rusting which can allow for water damage to your chimney.

Flash Damage

  • Flash material is installed where your chimney meets your roof. This material is designed to prevent water and debris from damaging your chimney and the masonry on your chimney. Just like your cap, high winds and heavy rain can damage the flash leaving your chimney open to moisture and erosion. 

Your house is an investment and safe place for you and your family to live, and your chimney is apart of your house, making your chimney a priority when it comes to protecting the value of your home and family.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred during the winter months at 770.884.6475or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Posted in: Chimney Damage, Chimney Preparation, Summer Time Chimney Prep