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Schedule Your Inspection Before the Busy Fall Season

A lot of people tend to schedule chimney inspections and sweepings when the cooler weather begins. That said, while technically scheduling your chimney inspection in fall or winter has no detrimental effects, we suggest getting this maintenance done on the earlier side – like now, during the warm summer months.

The logic of this is pretty simple. Since you’ll need to use your fireplace in the fall and winter months, you should get it ready before the actual seasons start. Beyond that, a summer chimney inspection also offers several other advantages. We’ve listed 4 of the biggest benefits of scheduling an inspection before the fall season begins:

1. Avoid Scheduling Hassles

Why Schedule Inspection Early - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney calendarDuring the fall, everyone is trying to get inspections completed, which means that chimney companies are loaded with other customers. Oftentimes, homeowners find that the earliest appointment they can get will be weeks away – which means putting a big delay at the start of your burning season. On top of that, depending on the condition of your chimney, they may need to do repairs, which means it’s back to the calendar, further delaying those cozy fires.

But if you schedule an early inspection during the summer months? This won’t be a problem. Since the demand for chimney care services is not that significant during our off-season, it will be easier for you to get an appointment sooner and on a day that works well for you.

2. More Time to Address Chimney Buildup & Damages

With early scheduling, a chimney specialist will be able to alert you to any issues that your chimney has right away, giving you ample to take care of any repairs, sweepings, or replacements parts before that first cold snap hits and you need to use your fireplace.

And remember – some chimney repairs may not be a one-day process, especially if the damage is severe. Scheduling them now ensures everything can be handled promptly and efficiently, well before the start of your burn season (and our busy season).

On top of all that, due to the warmer and drier weather of summer, now is a great for masonry repairs throughout your chimney as the materials used will be able to cure faster and last longer. Yes, these can be done in winter if the right techniques and tools are used, but you won’t get those high-quality results you’re hoping for – and may need more repairs again sooner than expected.

3. No Delays When Starting Your Burn Season

Why Schedule Inspection Early - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney chimneyAs mentioned above, the volume of people scheduling chimney services starts to increase when the fall season begins, making it incredibly difficult to get an immediate slot. This prevents you from using your fireplace and delays the start of your burn season.

Even scheduling a chimney inspection at the beginning of the fall season may not fare well for you. If the chimney specialist sees any buildup or damage that needs to be addressed, you will need to schedule another appointment in order to get this taken care of. Problem is, since most chimney care companies are fully booked by that time, you may need to wait weeks before they can get back to you. You won’t be able to use your fireplace throughout this waiting time, even if you really need to so you can offset energy costs.

4. Avoid Further Damages & Keep Your System Safer

Chimney damages are one thing you want addressed as quickly as possible. Things like mold growth, water damage, crumbling masonry, rusted metal components, and the like will only continue to get worse if professional action isn’t taken. And the worse issues get, the more time-consuming and costly they will be to fix. In these cases, affordable and preventative care now is always better than expensive repairs or rebuilds down the road.

On top of all that, staying on top of chimney care will keep your system standing stronger for longer. Chimney neglect is one surefire way to shorten the lifespan of your fireplace fast – and lower the value of your home while you’re at it.

How Often Should You Schedule Chimney Inspections?

Chimney inspections should be scheduled at least once a year. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), annual inspections and cleanings should not just be done on fireplace chimneys, but on other heating equipment such as oil or gas furnaces, as well. This is important to protect your home from accidental fires, flue blockages, and carbon monoxide poisoning

The NFPA also reported that half of home heating fires happen between December and February. These are the cold months for several eastern states, including us here in New York. With this, you should make sure that you have your chimney for your wood stove and fireplace inspected as early as summer to ensure that you can use it safely when the cooler seasons begin.

Schedule Your Early Chimney Inspection With the Experts

If you want to ensure that your chimney inspection will be done professionally, you should get in touch with a reliable and qualified chimney company – like us! This gives you the guarantee that you can safely use your chimney on time when the fall season begins.

Experience this kind of high-quality chimney care services when you get in touch with All Seasons Chimney. We offer a wide a range of different chimney services, allowing us to properly take care of your chimney, no matter what you need. We can even handle your chimney installations, making us an all-around chimney care company.

Schedule an early inspection or chimney installation today by calling 845-375-3640. We’d love to hear from you!

Chase Covers, Chimney Crowns & Chimney Caps: What’s the Difference?

A chimney may appear to be a single, independent structure, but as you study its anatomy, you’ll find out that it’s indeed a complex piece of architecture. Here at All Seasons, we feel that the more homeowners know about the various parts of their chimney, the more empowered they’ll be able to operate their system safely and efficiently.

There are three pieces that play a big role in protecting your chimney: a concrete crown, a chase cover, and/or a full-coverage chimney cap. Each of these serve similar functions and sit in the same area of the chimney, which can make them hard to tell apart, but they’re actually quite different from each other. 

What Is a Chimney Crown?

Chase Covers, Chimney Crowns & Chimney Caps - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons crownThe chimney crown, also known as the chimney wash, is ideally made of concrete and covers the entire topmost portion of your chimney. The chimney crown can help prevent debris, animals, and moisture from entering the chimney, but its biggest job is directing water away from the outside of your masonry chimney.

Due to the materials they were traditionally composed of, chimney crowns can deteriorate over time. And if they begin to break down, homeowners may experience issues such as leaks and water damage. In these cases, it could be that your crown was made from a basic mortar mix, in which case it will need to be rebuilt.

Since crowns are not typically visible from the ground, it’s easy for this component to stay out of your mind… but having it regularly checked out is a must. Even the tiniest crack or a smallest hole can let moisture and water in, which can be very damaging to your system overall.

Don’t let your guard down – have your chimney crown sealed properly and waterproofed by your chimney professional to prevent any deterioration.

What Is a Chase Cover?

Chase covers are essentially the crowns of prefab systems. They’re made of metal and cover the entire top of the chimney chase. At the center of the cover is an opening where the vent pipe and cap of the chimney is attached. A proper chase cover should not be flat and should be constructed to force the water to run off toward the edge of the chase to prevent water leaks.

You can buy either a stainless steel chase cover or a galvanized steel chase cover. These are the usual metals chase covers are made of. However, galvanized steel chase covers may develop rust, which can eventually cause holes to form and affect the performance of the entire system.

Modern chase covers that are made with high-quality stainless steel are designed to fit your chimney perfectly and they’re equipped to stand the test of time. That said, those that are not properly installed can easily let moisture and debris into the chimney. This is why we advise investing in professional installation services with us.

What Is a Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap is like an umbrella for your chimney flue, and it plays an important part in keeping animals, water, and debris away from the opening and interior of your system. Chimney caps typically have a solid metal lid with a metal screen for their siding.

Chase Covers, Chimney Crowns & Chimney Caps - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons capsInstalling a chimney cap is one of the best ways to stop water and moisture from entering your fireplace, preventing the chimney and its parts from rusting and deteriorating.

Chimney caps can also prevent debris from entering. This can include nesting materials, sticks, or leaves that could get stuck and clog things up and create fire hazards. Moreover, birds, rats, raccoons, and squirrels may use your chimney as a nesting ground when uncapped. This could expose you to certain diseases that these animals could have.

While chimney caps are usually durable and long-lasting, yours should be checked once a year during your annual inspection to see whether it is broken or damaged. There are various types, styles, and colors of chimney caps for you to choose from, so contact the team here at All Seasons Chimney to see which cap is best for your chimney.

Give Our Techs a Call

While these three parts all have similar functions, they each serve a unique purpose. Understanding the anatomy of your chimney and how to take care of it will lengthen its life and provide more security and safety for you and your family.

If you have questions or live around Hudson Valley, you can contact our reliable crew to assist you in diagnosing your chimney and fixing any problem areas. And if you need a chase cover, chimney cap, or chimney crown installed, your best bet is to contact us at 845-375-3640 today.

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