Even though your fireplace and chimney are probably the last things on your mind this summer, fall will be here before you know it.
Many national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend having your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected before you light the first fire of the year to be sure everything is working safely and efficiently. When you schedule your chimney maintenance service appointment in the summer, you will be ready to enjoy your fireplace on the first cool day of fall. If you wait until the fall to schedule this visit from All Seasons Chimney, you will probably have to wait a few weeks before you can get an appointment on a date that is most convenient for you. Our busiest season runs from September through December, which is why it can be difficult to quickly get an appointment. Having your chimney swept and inspected in the summer will ensure your fireplace is ready to use this fall. We would like to tell you a bit more about why it is so important to have these professional chimney maintenance services performed before lighting that first fire of the year.
When All Seasons Chimney sweeps your chimney, we make sure to remove every bit of creosote that has accumulated on the inner walls of your chimney.
Named as a leading cause of chimney fires by the CSIA, creosote is a natural compound that develops during the combustion process of burning wood. Over the winter, creosote sticks to the walls of the inside of your chimney and builds up into deposits. If the internal temperature of your flue gets hot enough, these creosote deposits can ignite to start a chimney fire. This is why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept at least once a year. Removing all of the deposits of creosote greatly reduces your risk of experiencing a possibly devastating chimney fire.
The CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney will inspect your chimney to look for damage and other potential problems.
To reduce your risk of a carbon monoxide leak into your home, we will check to be sure there is nothing blocking your flue. If loose bricks, leaves, sticks, and other debris have created flue blockages, the toxic gases of combustion can be forced back into your home. We will also look at the exterior condition of your chimney to see if there are any damaged or missing bricks and mortar joints, along with any other signs of deterioration. If we find any problems, we will provide you with pictures of the damage as well as a written evaluation about your chimney’s condition.
Beat the fall rush and schedule your annual chimney sweeping today. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to make an appointment to have your fireplace ready to use this fall.