Home Show 2013

Home safety means gutter, vent and chimney cleaning

By From page HGS6 | April 29, 2013

When people think of safety around their homes, it’s easy to forget things like chimneys, rain gutters and dryer vents. But although these items are not as visible as day-to-day things like irons or ovens, they are equally important. Regular chimney, gutter and dryer vent cleanings can prevent all kinds of problems.

“Fireplaces, stoves and chimneys should be inspected yearly,” said Karla Swanson, CEO of Chim Chimney: Professional Cleaning Services, Inc. and Aardvark Dryer Vent and Rain Gutter Cleaning. “If you don’t check your chimney regularly, you can end up with smoke and soot in your house. Regular cleanings also ensure that everything is sealed properly and you don’t have any water or corrosion issues up top.”

When it opened in Sacramento in 1980, Chim Chimney focused solely on wood-burning home heating appliances. Stoves and fireplaces were at an all-time high, and it was work that needed to be done. As time went on, however, Swanson saw a need to branch out into other service areas. That’s why, in 2005, Chim Chimney created a new division, Aardvark Dryer Vent and Rain Gutter Cleaning.

“It just fell right in line with our mission of making people’s homes cleaner and safer,” said Swanson. “Clogged dryer vents can’t expel air the way they’re supposed to. Because of this, people’s clothes don’t dry as quickly. It’s not the dryer, but sometimes people will go out and buy a new one. Clogged vents also create the risk of a vent fire. That’s bad news.”

Gutter maintenance is also important. Clogged gutters can’t drain properly and can become heavy and tear away from homes or other structures. According to Swanson, the water in the gutters can also cause mold and rotting to the roof. To prevent this, Aardvark technicians clean and flush gutters and then distribute GutterFilter, a porous foam-like material that goes into gutters to absorb water and keep debris out. GutterFilter has been tested against all weather elements and proven to be able to handle an excess of 24 inches of rainfall per hour — more than twice the highest amount of rainfall ever recorded. It also contains BioCide, a chemical designed to inhibit bacteria, moss, mold and mildew growth.

“GutterFilter is awesome,” says Swanson. “It’s much less expensive than replacing your gutters, and, with this product, you’ll never have to have your gutters cleaned again. We’ve had wonderful success with it for the last five years.”

Chim Chimney Professional Cleaning Services, Inc. and Aardvark Dryer Vent and Rain Gutter Cleaning is family owned and strives to be the best in its field. All technicians are background checked, licensed and certified, and employee continuing education is a must. Although based in Sacramento, the company’s service area extends from Auburn to Stockton and Sacramento to Placerville, which also happens to be Swanson’s hometown.

“I grew up in Placerville and attended Buckeye Elementary School and Ponderosa,” said Swanson. “I love that area.”

What really sets Chim Chimney and Aardvark apart, though, is its dedication to customer service.

“Our business is making people’s homes safer,” says Swanson. “We have an ongoing desire to be at the top of our game and make a great effort to stay well informed. We love talking to customers about anything — all they have to do is call. We’re here to help.”

Come visit our booths at the El Dorado County Home and Garden Show, May 3-5, 2013 and enter to win a free chimney cleaning. For more information about our company, visit,, or call (530) 756-1000. You can also “like” us on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!

Jessica Cyphers

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