DEFY Roof Cleaning Products

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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The tools and products DEFY offers in the line of roof cleaning are excellent and very simple

Roof Cleaning
This picture demonstrates just how well the Roof Cleaner Concentrate works.

to use. DEFY Roof Cleaner Concentrate is a product effective for roof shingle cleaning and is the safest way to clean and restore the appearance of your roof. One gallon of the DEFY Roof Cleaner Concentrate makes 7 gallons of cleaning solution. Be sure to keep this product away from gutters and downspouts as the cleaning agents will accelerate their corrosion. Sodium hydroxide is its active ingredient and it will cause irreversible damage to any hard surface it comes into contact with, including asphalt shingles.

This image details algae growth on roofs across the United States. If you fall into an area where algae is a serious problem or is considered a danger zone, you may want to consider checking your roof out .There’s a good chance it’s time for a cleaning!

Roof Stain Blocker
Most roof products should be applied with a garden sprayer.

The DEFY Stain Blocker for Roofs will help prevent stains for reoccurring. The roof must first be cleaned and rinsed and then the Stain Blocker can be applied. This is a milky white liquid that dries clear. It is recommended that the Stain Blocker be reapplied every 2-3 years as preventative maintenance. Be sure to only apply this product in temperatures 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.algae-growth-us

Cincinnati Chimney Sweep, Clay Lamb owner of American Chimney Sweep. Executive Producer of Ask the Chimney Sweep Podcasts and YouTube channel.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Chimney Sweeping: Importance of Documentation and Pictures

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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A sweep never knows what he’ll run into on the job.

I had a chimney fire and my flue was just swept yesterday!

Thankfully, this does not occur frequently, but when it does occur this does not mean that the sweep did not do his job well. Taking digital photos of the flue system, every mortar joint, every flue tile, will help immensely when these problems arise. Often times after sweeping, all the chimney sweep can see is a thin, smooth glazing of creosote in the flue system. Such a thin layer does not seem to warrant rotary cleaning, nor does it allow the sweep to see exactly what is going on with the flue tiles themselves.

Creosote will then curl up into little flakes, making a perfect environment for a chimney fire to occur. If the flue system reaches a certain temperature, the creosote can combust and cause a roaring chimney fire.

Because such a situation is possible, it is absolutely crucial for a sweep to document his work in the home. If you have a sweep come into your home who has no documentation or cameras for pictures, it would be wise to promptly send him home. Remember, you will need pictures of your flue system to get money from your insurance for any repairs of a natural occurrence and you will need documentation of the sweep and procedures done for your own peace of mind.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Cre-Away Creosote Modifier

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Chimney Creosote Build Up
Cre-Away greatly reduces the amount of creosote that builds up in the chimney, preventing situations like this.

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When it comes to having a fireplace and any amount of wood, creosote builds up in the flue system, making conditions right for a chimney fire to occur or the chimney to lose its good draw. Cre-Away Creosote Modifier is one of the most powerful products on the market for the elimination of creosote. Cre-Away is fast and easy to use and is recommended for use on any level or type of creosote.  It also helps to reduce the odor of creosote in the fireplace.

Use before a chimney sweep for a more thorough cleaning of the fireplace or just during every day use to prevent the buildup of creosote. Cre-Away modifies the creosote in the chimney, making it easier to remove. Often times creosote can get glazed on to the flue system. Cre-Away is effective against this type of creosote, when even heavy sweep brushes cannot remove it.

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To use, spray directly into the flue system, not into the fire to neutralize the acidity and odors from the creosote and modify existing creosote in the fireplace.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Anti-Creo-Soot

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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It has been proven time and time again that creosote buildup in a chimney is dangerous and increases thelikelihood of a chimney fire occurring. Anti-Creo-Soot (ACS) was first introduced in 1982. It is a manganese catalyst that improves safety and efficiency in wood or coal burning stoves, furnaces, boilers, fireplaces & pellet stoves.

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This product is recommended for daily use to attack creosote buildup, and also to help chimney sweeps remove stubborn creosote. Each day, spray 6-12 squirts on the inside of the firebox, wood, and toward the flue.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Cre-Away Pro

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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creaway-proCre-Away Pro effectively modifies glazed or third-degree creosote so it can be efficiently removed.

Creosote Buildup
This is glazed puffy creosote that can be seen when looking down the flue.

It is safe for use on all types of creosote. Cre-Away Pro is a four component powder that takes care of all the problems creosote presents. A reactive agent neutralizes the acidic creosote to make it less corrosive to any metal components of the flue system, and less flammable. A dehydrator absorbs the oils and moisture contained in some forms of creosote to dry it out. A combustion inhibitor helps reduce the chance of chimney fires. Finally, a magnesium catalyst helps break down third-degree creosote when the flue is heated by normal use.

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applicator-compressorCre-Away Pro is recommended for application during the burning season to modify creosote for easier removal. Apply after every cleaning to neutralize odors.

What’s the difference between Cre-Away Pro and Cre-Away? Cre-Away Pro has 50% more manganese catalyst than normal Cre-Away and comes with a more powerful applicator. It is more economical, seeing that you can buy in bulk (25 lbs). To use, fill the hopper on the applicator and attach to a small portable 1½ – 2 gallon portable air compressor. These compressors can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Liberally coat the entire flue system. It will take a week or two to notice improvements!

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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How Do I Reline My Chimney?

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Chimney RelineRelining your chimney can be an incredibly intimidating process that is actually quite manageable if the correct steps are taken. During the entire process of relining your chimney you must be conscientious of the building codes and chimney standards according to your local government. Careful measurements must be taken, and you must be ready to spend the money that it is going to take in order to have a safely lined chimney that is up to code. By carefully following these steps, you can rest assured that your chimney has been properly lined.

Remember when purchasing your liner that chimney liner insulation must be purchased, and that flexible chimney liners are easier to work with than the rigid liners. Making an investment in a new stainless steel chimney liner can be expensive, but the safe, quality products on the market today and the increased efficiency that a liner provides (10-15%) are a priceless peace of mind.

Steps to Relining Your Chimney

Step 1: Measure Properly

Measurements must first be taken before considering what type of liner to buy and what tools you will need. To begin, measure from approximately 1′ above the chimney down to the point at which you will be connecting the appliance. This will give you the length of pipe you will need to buy in order to line the chimney.

chimney-liner-kitsStep 2: Purchase a Quality Chimney Liner Kit

Purchasing a stainless steel chimney liner kit from an online store or chimney supply store is your best bet at getting a quality liner kit. These kits come complete with all the components you will need to properly install your liner. Chimney liner kits are the easiest way to be sure that you are purchasing all the parts you need and that they are compatible with one another.

Step 3: Lay the Liner Flat

After removing the liner from the packaging, lay it out straight and flat on a flat surface (like a driveway).

Step 4: Attach the Connector to the Appliance

tee-connectorYou will need to attach the connector to your appliance at this time. Your kit may have come with a tee connector or just a regular appliance connector. Tighten your hose clamp on the connector to the liner itself. Be sure not to over tighten the clamps as this can damage the liner.

Step 5: Measuring for Chimney Liner Insulation

liner-insulation-kitInsulating the liner is one of the most important steps of the whole process.

liner insulation should be a minimum of ¼” and needs to cover the entire length of the liner. Begin by determining the width of insulating wrap you will require. Basic geometry is applied here; multiply the diameter of the pipe (the length from one side to the other) by 3.14 and add an inch and a half for overlap. The insulation must overlap by at least one inch, so adding an extra half inch gives you some fudge room.

Step 6: Cut the Liner Insulation

Lay out the insulation and cut to size with the foil side of the insulation facing down on the ground and place your liner in the center.

Step 7: Wrap the Insulation Around the Chimney LinerPictured is the easiest method for wrapping your insulation around a stainless steel liner.

Wrapping the insulation is actually quite easy with a good adhesive spray. Liberally spray the adhesive as you roll the liner up to keep the insulation from slipping.

Step 8: Tape the Seam

tapeAfter the insulation is wrapped all the way around, use foil tape at the seam. I find it easiest to tape in 6-9″ increments down the seam of the liner to start out with, but one continuous strip down the seam is required after the initial taping. This continuous, vertical length of tape will prevent tearing as the mesh is installed to the liner.

Step 9: Secure the Insulation with Wire Mesh

wire-meshWire mesh is what is going to prevent the insulation from tearing as the liner system is dropped down the chimney. Unroll the mesh and use the hose clamps (provided) to attach it to one end of the liner. Pull the mesh down the liner until it fits snugly and attach at the opposite end using hose clamps. After being sure that everything is tight and secure the liner is now ready to be dropped into the chimney.

working-on-roofStep 10: Pull the Liner Down the Chimney

Be very cautious, as you will be working on the roof. It is important to take safety very seriously and have the necessary manpower to handle such a large pipe. You may find it necessary to attach a pulling cone to the bottom of the liner to pull it down through the chimney as opposed to simply dropping it down through. In this case, another person will be needed to pull from the bottom.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Benefits of Installing a Stainless Steel Chimney

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Fires in your fireplace can reach extremely high temperatures.  A stainless steel chimney liner protects adjacent woodwork and other combustibles from the transfer of this extreme heat. After time, the caustic byproducts of combustion eat away at the mortar joints of a flue system lined with terracotta flue tiles. This makes for an extremely dangerous situation; the fireplace is now susceptible to a chimney fire, putting the entire home and family at risk. Often times a dryer vent or furnace will need to be relined as well, as damages occur in these flue systems over time as well.

The masonry surrounding a fireplace, in the flue system, smoke chamber, and firebox is all susceptible to damage from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. The acidic nature of flue gasses actually eat away at the mortar joints of the flue system in between the flue tiles, allowing more heat to be transferred to nearby combustibles. Since these gasses are not being properly contained and vented, deadly gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the home itself.

Another sure plus of installing a stainless steel flue liner is to optimize the efficiency of any appliance. In order for optimum draw, the ratio between the size of the firebox and flue system must be just so, or else there is a risk of smoking problems. Your heating unit (insert, woodburner, etc.) will detail exactly what sized flue system will make for the best ventilation system. The chimney in your home was built to the size of the existing firebox. Since an insert or wood burning stove is obviously not the same size as the opening made for the firebox, adjustments must be made in the flue system as well to reduce the risk of back up and smoking issues. Most appliances call for a 6″ of 8″ flue system, while most standard chimney flue systems are 12×12″.

Stainless steel chimney liners are recommended for oil furnaces, wood boilers, gas furnaces, pellet stoves,   fireplace inserts, and modern wood stoves, so long as they are properly sized. These liner systems help reduce the transfer of heat to nearby combustibles and add to the overall efficiency of any heating appliance in your home. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when sizing and installing any stainless steel liner.

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Insulated Stainless Steel Chimney Liners and Creosote

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Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Applying Stainless Steel Liner InsulationBurning wood causes combustion, and a byproduct of combustion is H20, or water. When you burn wood, the moisture in the wood is changed to a gaseous state (vapor) and mixes with the creosote that is formed from burning wood. This mixture rises up the chimney , cools, and solidifies. To prevent creosote buildup in your lined chimney, be sure that your stainless steel liner pipe is insulated.

This is the basis for creosote build up. The cooler a chimney is while a fire is burning, the greater the amount of solidified creosote on the inside of the flue system. An insulated stainless steel chimney pipe allows the flue system to stay warm enough to prevent an excessive level of precipitation in the stainless steel liner. The insulation encourages the vapor and caustic byproducts of combustion to rise up and out of the fireplace itself.

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Flexible VS Rigid Stainless Steel Chimney Liners

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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When it comes to relining your chimney, there are two options, flexible or rigid liners, and each have their pros and cons. When it comes to making your ultimate decision, decide what factors of the installation process are most important to you, ease of installation, efficiency of the product, etc. This will provide you with the answer as to which type you should invest in.

USA_FLEX_3_INCH_KIT-1Rigid stainless steel flue liners are more efficient due to their smooth walls. There is a greater possibility of creosote buildup forming in the ridges of a flexible stainless steel liner than the smooth inside of a rigid liner, but both are susceptible to build up.

Flexible liners are much easier to install. Often times the rigid liners must be installed piece by piece as they are dropped down into the chimney. Flexible liners make for a much easier installation process and are therefore the most popular by pros and do-it-yourselves alike.

If you are needing to reline a very tall chimney, flexible is absolutely the way to go. If your chimney is only ten feet or so, then you can get by with a rigid steel liner without too much installation difficulty. If your chimney has any bends in it then you absolutely want to go with flexible or you will run into countless problems.  Do it yourselves: remember that you will need the correct amount of manpower to install whatever it is you decide to purchase, so weigh these factors carefully. Also don’t forget you will need insulation accessories to complete the job!

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Common Liner Installation Errors

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Although relining a fireplace, pellet stove, wood burner, or any other heating appliance can be relatively easy when instructions are followed, there are a few common misconceptions as to what is “safe” when it comes to chimney liners. For one, every appliance must be vented through a chimney. No liner can pass through walls, ceilings, floors, or windows, only a chimney. Also, a chimney cap should be used to cap every chimney, even the unused flue system, because a flue system is  a perfect home for any number of small critters, their offspring, and whatever nesting material they introduce into the flue system. If possible, purchase a spark arresting cap.

Your flue liner should be the same size as the pipe extending through the top or back of your heating appliance. You should not try to downsize your flue system unless your chimney is extremely tall (30 ft. or higher) and even then it is still wise to simply go with the size recommended by the manufacturer.

Your floor and walls need protection as well! Make sure that the floor which the appliance is sitting on is either concrete slab, ceramic tile, marble, slate over UL Listed cement, or are UL approved mats or boards if you have a pre-fab. Look into wall protection. The walls within 36″ of your appliance need to be brick, stone, cement board, or UL approved stove shield (which are mounted to the walls using spacers.) These will protect your home further from heat transfer and fire.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Putting off a chimney repair such as a reline can put the entire home at risk of fire damage. The cost of rebuilding an entire fireplace, exterior and interior, far surpasses the cost of installing a stainless steel liner. Not to mention the increased efficiency of your appliance is right around 15%, so the liner will pay for itself within a few years of lowered energy costs.

Finally, when purchasing a liner, especially on the internet, do not go merely by price. Look up customer reviews on a particular product and compare gauges of steel, the size of the liner, and check to make sure all components are included if purchasing a kit. It is important to realize that the cheapest liner is not always best, and not all liners are created equal. Check statistics such as crush test rates and be sure to read the fine print.

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