Kenneth F. Wills Jr. has been the proud owner of All-American Chimney Sweeps and servicing Northwest Ohio for over 30 years. All-American Chimney Sweeps is fully licensed and insured. No job is too big or too small. Kenny is also a certified and licensed general contractor. With a broad range of residential and commercial construction knowledge, All-American is not always limited to only masonry repairs and chimney cleanings although these are their specialties. All-American Chimney Sweeps is a small family owned and operated business that truly cherishes all their customers. Feel free to contact us regarding any question or concern.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY CHIMNEY?
All-American Chimney Sweeps recommends that you should have your chimney cleaned for every two cords of wood that you burn. ( a cord of wood is approximately a pile of wood that is 4′ deep by 4′ high by 8′ long) If you do not burn that much in a two year period, we recommend at least having it inspected every two years to check for any structural changes that may be out of the ordinary and to prevent chimney fires. Please click HERE for further details on fireplace/chimney safety.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY FIREPLACE CLEANED SO OFTEN?
Preventative maintenance is crucial when dealing with the safety of your fireplace and home. Creosote is the substance smoke produces that builds up on your chimney’s tile liners. Creosote is a highly flammable substance. When creosote creates a heavy glaze on your tile liners, it puffs up and chokes your flue opening. When this occurs, the creosote can catch fire then causing a fire within the chimney and possibly bursting the tile liners. The fire then spreads outside the chimney stack and catches anything flammable on fire that surrounds the stack, such as rafters and other wood structures, as it extends through your home and out of the roof. Over 405,000 structure fires were the cause of a chimney fire last year alone. Please click on HERE for more information.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE(S) OF WOOD TO BURN FOR AN INDOOR FIREPLACE?
The best kinds of wood to burn are seasoned hard woods such as oak, walnut, eucalyptus, madrone, hickory and fruit trees. The benefits of fruit trees are that they offer a slight fruity scent as they burn. A harder wood tends to burn longer and hotter.
The worst kinds of wood to burn are soft woods such as cottonwood, ash, pine, alder and willow. These types of wood may be easier to start a fire, but offer little heat for short periods of time and allow for creosote to build a heavier glaze.
WHY IS MY CHIMNEY SMOKING?
Many reason may be causing your chimney to smoke. The following are reasons that it may be occurring:
- Fireplace opening too tall compared to depth of firebox
- Chimney stack on exterior of establishment does not meet required height
- Chimney may need to be serviced with a cleaning or inspection
- Object(s) near stack may be obstructing flue opening.
HOW IS ALL-AMERICAN’S RATING WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU?
Our rating stands at an “A+” and has been for over 25 years. We are fully insured and licensed and have been since we first opened our doors. To check the BBB website please click HERE
A wide variety of liner kits are available; ranging from 3” to a custom size of 16” for the following types of flues:
- Hot water tanks
- Open fireplaces
- Pre-fabricated fireplaces
- Insert wood stoves
- Free standing wood stoves
- Pellet stoves
Although there are different grades of stainless liners, we recommend using heavy walled liners on all wood burning appliances.
STAINLESS STEEL WEATHER CAPS
Our stainless steel weather caps range for any size flue. This includes round pipe (even exhaust vents for drains), standard chimney stack clay tile liners and obscure sizes for decorative flue liners. If the damper is broken inside the fireplace, we offer a two-in-one solution; a top sealing damper/stainless steel weather cap. Also, if multiple flues need to be covered with one cap, we do offer custom sized weather caps. All stainless steel caps come with a lifetime warranty. If a stainless steel cap is no desired, we do have means to acquire a standard cap but do not recommend it because it does lack in durability due to premature rusting.
All-American Chimney sweeps offers cleanings for virtually all flue tiles and liners. If you fear your furnace liner is plugged, we can fix it. If you haven’t had your fireplace(s) cleaned in years or recently, we can clean it. If there’s a pesky animal that won’t stay out, we can get rid of it (them). Each cleaning comes with a 20 point inspection and a guaranteed no mess warranty. The prices for such are as follows:
- $115.00* – Standard Cleaning fee for new customers ($5 off for per additional flue)
- $105.00* – Standard Cleaning fee for returning customers ($5 off for per additional flue)
- $135.00* – Oil furnace and whip cleaning fee (removal of severe creosote build up)
*Additional cost may occur but are rarely enforced
All-American chimney sweeps offers a variety of masonry repairs from the interior to the exterior, brick to stone and minor to major overhauls. Finding the perfect company to take on a home repair or expansion project can be a daunting task for anyone regardless of the level of experience. With over 30 years of experience, All-American chimney sweeps wants to make the process less of a hassle and more of a relief. All-American specializes in the following masonry repairs:
Any Brick – replacement brick is confirmed with customer before it is used on any part of the establishment
Stone – exterior and interior
Tuck pointing – grind out approximately 1.25″ of the old mortar joint and replace with new mortar enhanced with an acrylic fortifier
Flashing – on chimney stacks and exhaust flues
Fire brick – replacement in wood stoves and fireplace walls
Concrete Crown – removed and replaced with new or in less severe cases applying a latex crown saver material is sufficient
Wooden Chase – replacement of wooden chase structures from the ground up or repairs on existing chases
Stainless Steel Chase Pans – remove old galvanized chase pans and create custom fitted chase pans on chimney stack(s)
Installation of stoves – types of stoves include but are not limited to free standing, insert, pellet and corn