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Be Ready to Host Your Family This Holiday Season with Warmth

Family Holiday Hosting Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesTime flies when you are busy, and the season of fall can be of the busiest times of the year. It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner. If you have not had time to get your home ready for visits from friends and family during the holidays, you need to get started as soon as possible. One of the most important things you should do is make sure your fireplace and chimney are working efficiently and safely. Many fire safety organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before you light the first fire of the season. Aelite Chimney Specialties can help you get your fireplace ready before the holidays, and you can trust us to make sure everything is safe because we have been taking care of chimneys in the Chicago area for over 15 years. We would like to tell you what to expect from our professional chimney maintenance services.

Chimney Sweeping

Avoiding chimney fires is one of the most important reasons why you need to have your chimney professionally swept at least once a year. You need this maintenance service to have the creosote removed from the inside of your chimney. Creosote is produced naturally during the combustion process of burning wood, and it is so flammable that the CSIA has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. When Aelite Chimney Specialties arrives to your home to sweep your chimney, we begin by protecting your home from soot and dirt by laying down drop cloths and sealing off the area around your chimney. To make sure that we remove all of the creosote from your chimney, we use special rotating brushes and rods to scrub the entire inside of your chimney. After about an hour, your chimney will be less of a chimney fire hazard.

Chimney Inspection

You need to have your chimney professionally inspected annually to make sure there is no damage or other problems that could lead to hazardous situations. We check to see if anything is blocking your flue and can remove any debris that could force toxic gases like carbon monoxide back into your home. We also look for damage to parts of the chimney, including the liner, that could also lead to carbon monoxide leaks. The exterior of your chimney is also inspected to check for any masonry damage that could allow water penetration or could jeopardize the structure of your chimney. If our CSIA-certified chimney technicians find any problems, we will provide you with a written estimate of the repairs that are needed to make your chimney safe to use.

Are you ready to host your family with warmth this holiday season? Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties today to schedule an appointment to have your chimney swept and inspected.

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All About Chimney Inspections

You may know that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney swept and inspected once a year, but do you know that there are three levels of chimney inspections? Depending on your situation and the condition of your fireplace and chimney system, each of these levels serves to ensure your chimney and venting components are functioning properly and safely. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at Aelite Chimney Specialties are trained and experienced in cleaning and inspecting all sorts of chimneys. We are often asked exactly what a chimney inspection entails, and we would like to share this information with you.

Learning about Chimney Inspections - Chicago IL

Why do I need an annual chimney inspection?

This yearly chimney checkup is essential in preventing hazardous situations. When Aelite Chimney Specialties performs annual chimney inspections, our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps looks for creosote deposits and other blockages of your chimney. We then will sweep your chimney to clean out any debris.

What are the three levels of chimney inspections?

According to the CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) adopted three specific levels of chimney inspections into code NFPA 211, the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel burning appliances. The three levels are as follows:

  • Level 1: The most common of the chimney inspection levels, a Level 1 inspection is simply a visual check of your fireplace and chimney that does not involve using special tools. Our chimney sweeps will look for damage, obstructions, creosote buildup and soot.
  • Level 2: You will need a Level 2 inspection if you have made any changes to your chimney and venting system like installing a new heating appliance. This level of inspection is also required when you buy a new home and if you have experienced an earthquake or a dramatic weather event like a hurricane or a tornado. Our certified chimney sweeps will do a visual chimney check as well as examine the roof, attic, and crawl space and use special tools, which include a video scanner.
  • Level 3: Resembling a demolition job, a Level 3 chimney inspection may involve tearing down and rebuilding the walls of your chimney. If you have experienced a chimney fire, this level of inspection is a necessity.

What exactly do you look for when you perform a Level 1 inspection?

The main thing our sweeps at Aelite Chimney Specialties will examine is the condition of the walls of your chimney. They should appear smooth. Bumps, ridges, slick and bubbly surfaces, and thick, scale-like buildup all indicate creosote. We can scrape the walls with a small screwdriver to discover the exact thickness of any creosote deposits. A compound that naturally forms during the combustion and condensation processes, creosote is extremely hazardous as it is highly flammable and can ignite a serious chimney fire. We will be sure to remove all creosote deposits during the post-inspection sweeping.

Have more questions about chimney inspections? Contact Aelite Chimney Specialties to ask us what you need to know and to schedule your annual chimney inspection and sweeping.

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