Believe it or not – summer is almost over, and fall will be here before we know it. Fall is such a busy season for our customers with school starting back and vacation time ending. At Aelite Chimney Specialties, we also have a packed calendar every fall as our chimney sweeps are preparing chimneys for cooler temperatures across the Chicago area. Fall is so busy for us because so many national fire safety groups like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that you have your fireplace and chimney swept and inspected each year before you light your first fire. Hesitating on scheduling your appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps is a big mistake because if you wait for too long to make this arrangement, you will end up waiting even longer before you can safely burn a fire in your fireplace. We strongly recommend to our customers to go ahead and schedule this important maintenance appointment in the late summer to be sure they can get the date and time that is most convenient for them way before the temperature drops. We would like to tell you more about our chimney sweeping and inspection services.

Pre-Fall Chimney Insepction - Chicago IL - Aelite

Why is it so important to have my chimney swept and inspected before lighting the first fire for the year?

The main reason the CSIA, the NFPA, and other fire safety organizations make this recommendation has to do with the dangers of creosote. Formed naturally during the condensation process of burning wood, creosote is the residue of the byproducts of combustion, and it sticks to the walls of your chimney and accumulates into deposits. Creosote is highly flammable and is the leading cause of chimney fires. When Aelite Chimney Specialties sweeps your chimney, we will get rid of all of the creosote accumulations from the inside of your chimney to protect you from the possibility of a devastating chimney fire. We will also look for any possible damage to your chimney, like a blockage or loose bricks, that could also cause your chimney to be unsafe to use. Safety is our top priority when performing these services.

What can I expect from a chimney sweeping and inspection from Aelite Chimney Specialties?

Before we start to sweep your chimney, we will put down drop cloths around the area surrounding your fireplace and seal off the area around your chimney to keep your home clean. We will then use special tools like rotating brushes, rods, and vacuums to clean your chimney from bottom to top. Before we finish, we will inspect the easily accessible parts of your fireplace and chimney to make sure you do not need any necessary repairs before you can use your chimney.

Do not wait until fall to schedule your chimney sweeping appointment! Contact Aelite Chimney Specialties today to arrange this important chimney maintenance task.