Sitting by the fireplace and enjoying a burning fire may be the last thing on your mind at the moment, but fall will be here before you know it. To be sure your fireplace and chimney are working correctly and safely, you should have your system swept and inspected before you light the first fire of fireplace season. These annual chimney maintenance tasks are recommended by many national fire safety groups like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to prevent fire hazards and carbon monoxide leaks. Fireplace Service Company strongly suggests to our customers to schedule your appointment with us to have your chimney swept and inspected in the late summer before fall arrives so you can be sure to get the appointment date and time you want. If you wait until fall to make this appointment, you might have to wait a few weeks to be able to arrange a convenient time for you as fall is the busiest season for our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. To give you an idea of what you can expect from us, we would like to tell you more about our chimney sweeping process.
The biggest reason the CSIA, the NFPA, and other national fire safety organizations recommend an annual chimney sweeping is to have all of the creosote deposits that have built up on the interior walls of your chimney removed. Creosote is a natural compound that develops during the condensation process of burning wood and can vary in appearance. Whether creosote is black or brown, hard and shiny, brittle and crispy, or gummy and sticky, it is always extremely flammable. Large amounts of creosote in your chimney can easily ignite a chimney fire. Not only is creosote a fire hazard, but it can also cause drafting problems and reduce the efficiency of your chimney and venting system. When the experienced chimney sweeps at Fireplace Service Company clean your chimney, you can be assured that they will take great care to remove every creosote deposit from the interior of your chimney to reduce fire hazards and other problems. Our sweeps will also be sure to remove any other debris such as animal nests from your chimney to prevent hazardous blockages that could result in poisonous carbon monoxide leaking into your home.
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When the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps clean your chimney, they will use a high-powered vacuum and a series of long-handled rotating brushes to sweep your chimney clean from its top to its bottom. Clean drop cloths will also be placed around the area surrounding your fireplace to keep your home from getting dirty from soot and debris. A closed-circuit video camera will be used during the entire sweeping process to allow our sweeps to inspect the interior of your chimney to look for damage and potential problems. Our sweeps will then review their findings with you to help you understand the condition of your chimney.
Schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection now to avoid the fall rush. Contact Fireplace Service Company to make an appointment today.