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Be Ready to Light Your First Fire!

Light Your First Fire Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties LLCWhile it may seem hard to believe, cooler weather will be here before we know it. This time of the year is the best time to get your home ready for winter, and one of the most important things you can do is to schedule an appointment to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety groups all recommend having these professional chimney maintenance tasks done before you light the first fire of the year. You can trust Aelite Chimney Specialties to make sure your chimney will work efficiently and safely this fall and winter. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your chimney checked out by our CSIA-certified chimney professionals before the temperature drops.

Prevent chimney fires

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, your chimney may have quite a bit of creosote accumulation on its interior walls. Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood, and this residue sticks to the walls of the flue. These deposits can be very hazardous as creosote is extremely flammable. The CSIA even names creosote as a leading cause of chimney fires. When Aelite Chimney Specialties sweeps your chimney, we take great care to remove every bit of creosote from the flue. We make sure that your risk of a chimney fire is greatly reduced.

Prevent carbon monoxide leaks

When Aelite Chimney Specialties inspects your chimney, we look for damage and problems that could cause your chimney to be unsafe. One of the hazards we look for is a flue blockage that could force the byproducts of combustion, including smoke and toxic gases like carbon monoxide, back into your home. If we find debris blocking the chimney, we will remove it so that it will exhaust properly. We also look for other possible things that could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home, such as a cracked chimney liner. If we find this type of damage, we will provide you with photographic evidence and a written estimate of the repair work needed to make your chimney safe again.

Make sure your chimney is safe to use this fall. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection today.

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Make Sure Your Chimney Is Ready for Fall with a Video Inspection

Inside your chimney, dangerous hazards can be lurking that could lead to serious situations. To be sure your chimney and fireplace system is safe to operate before you light your first fire this fall, a professional chimney sweeping and inspection is recommended by national fire safety organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). You need certified and experienced chimney technicians to look closely at the condition of your chimney, and you can count on Aelite Chimney Specialties because we have been taking care of the chimneys in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Our chimney sweeps have been trained and certified by the CSIA to properly maintain chimney and venting systems, and we provide video chimney inspections to guarantee every inch of the inside of your chimney has gotten a close up look. In order to be able to enjoy your fireplace on the first cool day this fall, we suggest you make your appointment with us for this essential maintenance service before summer ends. Once September arrives, our sweeps are booked through December to sweep and inspect chimneys, so you could have a difficult time scheduling our services on the date that is the most convenient for you. The longer you wait to contact us, the longer you will have to wait to safely use your fireplace. We would like to tell you about a couple of the biggest dangers that could be hiding inside your chimney and how we can reduce your risk so that you can enjoy safe and warm fires this fall and winter.

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You may think that if there were a fire inside your chimney, you would obviously know. However, not every chimney fire is dramatic enough to have smoke and flames coming out of the top of the chimney. The CSIA warns that slow-burning chimney fires can cause just as much damage as a visible one. Just because the lack of air and fuel keep these flames from being seen, the temperatures can become hot enough to spread to the combustible parts of your home that surround the chimney. To reduce your risk of a chimney fire, you need to have your chimney professionally swept at least once a year to remove all of the accumulated creosote from the inner chimney walls. Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood and can build up as large deposits that are very hazardous. This residue is so extremely flammable that it can easily ignite a fire when the internal temperature of your chimney reaches a high enough point. In fact, the CSIA has named creosote as the leading cause of chimney fires. You can count on Aelite Chimney Specialties to get rid of every bit of creosote when we sweep your chimney because we use video cameras to be sure every inch has been scrubbed clean.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

When Aelite Chimney Specialties inspects your chimney, we look closely to ensure nothing could cause toxic combustion gases like carbon monoxide to be able to get into your home. We make sure the flue contains no blockages from debris that could force this poisonous gas back into your living space, and, by using the video camera, we can get a close look at the condition of the liner to be sure there are no cracks or gaps that could allow leaks. If we do find damage, we will provide you with video evidence, along with a written evaluation and an estimate of necessary repairs.
Ensure the safety of your home and family this fall. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweeping and video inspection.

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Add Your Annual Chimney Sweep to Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Here in the Chicago area, we have been seeing and hearing the first signs of spring: the birds chirping, the flowers blooming, the sun shining. To many people, spring is the season for cleaning and maintaining your home. The new signs of rebirth that come with spring make many of us want to ensure our homes are clean with properly working systems. One of these systems involves your chimney, and it makes sense to include the cleaning of your fireplace and chimney along with your other spring cleaning tasks. And, since professional chimney sweeps like our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps at Aelite Chimney Specialties will be the ones who actually clean your chimney, the only thing you as the homeowner has to do is schedule the time for us to sweep your chimney. The CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations all recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected at least once a year, and we would like to tell you more about why this chimney maintenance service is recommended and what you can inspect from a visit from the sweeps at Aelite Chimney Specialties. Annual Spring Chimney Cleaning Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties

Why do I need my chimney professionally swept and inspected every year?

As the CSIA clearly states, dirty chimneys cause chimney fires. Creosote, a natural residue that forms during the combustion process of burning wood, is extremely flammable. After a long winter of using your fireplace every day, the amount of creosote accumulation inside your chimney can be dangerous. When Aelite Chimney Specialties sweeps your chimney, our CSIA-certified sweeps will be sure to remove every bit of creosote that has stuck to the walls of your chimney. After your chimney has been cleaned, our sweeps will inspect your chimney to look for damage that should be repaired to be sure your chimney is safe to use. We will look for blockages that could lead to hazardous situations.

What can I expect from my appointment with Aelite Chimney Specialties?

When our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps arrive to your home to clean and inspect your chimney, we will begin the process by laying down tarps around your fireplace and sealing off the area to protect your home from soot. We do ask that it would be extremely helpful if you can move all the furniture within an eight feet radius of your hearth before we get there. To professionally sweep your chimney, we use rotating brushes on rods and high-powered vacuums to get all of the creosote and soot out of your home. After your chimney has been cleaned, we will inspect the interior and exterior of your chimney to look for any damage or blockages. We will be recording the entire inspection on video, so you will be able to have a copy of the entire inspection. We will also give you a written evaluation once the inspection is finished.

Get started on your spring cleaning routine! If you live around Chicago and Northern Illinois, contact us at Aellite Chimney Specialties to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection today.

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