Trying to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection in the fall can be quite difficult as everyone is thinking about getting his chimney ready for the cold winter months. Contacting a CSIA-certified company like Aelite Chimney Specialties before the fall rush to arrange a visit from our chimney sweeps is a smart decision. If you put this call off for too long, you will have to wait for weeks for an available appointment, and, by that time, it may have already been cool enough to use your fireplace. Strongly recommended by many fire safety organizations, your chimney should be cleaned and examined before lighting the first fire of the season. We at Aelite Chimney Specialties would like to share what our experienced technicians will be doing to prepare your chimney for winter.
Aelite Chimney Specialties cannot stress the importance enough of having your chimney cleaned before the weather turns cooler. Before the first fire is lit, our chimney sweeps will ensure your chimney is free of soot and creosote deposits. Both are highly combustible and could possibly cause a chimney fire, especially if the deposits are large. Cleaning out all of the debris in your chimney also protects you and your family from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Checking out your chimney for damages that need repairing is just as important as having your chimney cleaned. You may have some serious repairs needed before you can safely use your fireplace over the winter, and scheduling a chimney inspection before the fall rush is the best way to be sure these repairs can be completed in time. What exactly will Aelite Chimney Specialties be looking for during an inspection? According to the article “Getting Your Fireplace Ready for Winter” on the real estate website, Zillow, certain parts of your chimney need more scrutiny, including:
• Exterior Masonry — We will be looking for loose bricks, chipped mortar, and other signs of water penetration damage. If we find any deterioration, our certified masons will make the needed repairs.
• Chimney Cap — One of the best ways to keep water out of your chimney, a chimney cap also does the job of preventing animals and birds from entering your chimney to nest for the winter. If your chimney cap is cracked or damaged, we can either repair this damage, or, if it is beyond repairing, we can install a new chimney cap to ensure your chimney is protected.
• Flue Liner — If you have cracks or holes in your chimney flue liner, we can also repair this damage as well as install a new liner if your old one cannot be saved. Your liner provides protection from toxic gases like carbon monoxide from leaking into your home and causing health problems for you and your family.
Do not delay in scheduling your annual chimney sweeping and inspection! Contact Aelite Chimney Specialties today to arrange a visit from our experienced technicians.