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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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Proudly Serving Chicago, IL with Chimney and Fireplace Services

We're proud to be a local source for chimney and fireplace services!

We’re proud to be a local source for chimney and fireplace services!

Since 2005, Aelite Chimney Specialties has been providing chimney sweeping, chimney repair and fireplace sales and installation services to homes in Northeast Illinois, including North Chicago. With the brutally cold winter weather that is typical for this area, you can trust us to take care of your fireplace and chimney system so that you can enjoy its warmth during the coldest months of the year. We work hard to give our customers the best service possible, and we are extremely proud of our high ratings from the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. We feel strongly about satisfying every customer and will do whatever is necessary to make our customers happy. We would like to tell you a bit more about the types of services we provide to the Chicago area.

CHIMNEY LEAK REPAIR

If you are having problems with water leaking from your chimney, Aelite Chimney Specialties is here to help you solve these issues. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians will come to your home to investigate the leak and diagnose the problem. Common reasons why your chimney is leaking include a damaged chimney cap, loose flashing, missing pieces of bricks and mortar, and a cracked chimney liner. No matter what the reason may be for your chimney leaking, we can fix it, and we can also apply a waterproofing formula to your chimney to protect it from further water penetration.

CHIMNEY MASONRY

Have you noticed loose or missing bricks and pieces of mortar on your chimney? The expert masons at Aelite Chimney Specialties can help you by replacing cracked or missing bricks and mortar to improve the stability of the structure of your chimney. Repairing this type of damage is essential for your chimney to work safely and efficiently. We also can restore older masonry chimneys to bring them up to modern building codes and standards.

FIREPLACE INSERTS & WOOD STOVE INSTALLATION

Were your heating bills larger than normal last winter? You may want to consider upgrading your old traditional fireplace to a more efficient fireplace insert. Aelite Chimney Specialties sells and installs gas, wood, and pellet fireplace inserts, and our staff can help you decide which fuel type is best for your household. Our professional installation services will ensure that your new insert functions properly and safely. We also sell and install wood-burning stoves and gas logs. And, if you need glass fireplace doors, we can help you out with those as well.

If you live in the Chicago area, Aelite Chimney Specialties would love to help you with your fireplace and chimney needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment to be sure your chimney and fireplace are ready for this winter.

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Fall Will Be Here Soon! Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment Today

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.

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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.

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Why Choosing a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep Is So Important

Setting the standard for the chimney industry, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) was founded in 1983 as an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the safety of chimney, fireplace, and venting systems. This organization commits itself to eliminating hazardous chimney-related incidents like fires and carbon monoxide leaks. They also are dedicated to teaching homeowners, chimney professionals, and others about the prevention and correction of dangers caused by chimney and venting systems. The CSIA also certifies chimney and venting professionals as a measurement of expertise in the industry. Choosing a CSIA-certified chimney sweep company, such as Aelite Chimney Specialties, is important for many excellent reasons. We would like to share some information about CSIA certification with you to tell you why this credential is so essential when hiring a chimney sweep.

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Areas of Proficiency

During the CSIA-certification training process, participants must demonstrate proficiency in different areas of the chimney and venting system industry. These areas include:

  • Technical aspects of chimney operation and construction
  • The skillful performance of the best and current techniques of the chimney and venting system trade
  • The physics of burning wood and the development of creosote deposits
  • All applicable codes, regulations, clearances, and standards
  • the care and installation of the different types of solid fuel appliances
  • the requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency

Requirements for Receiving Certification

To be able to receive the CSIA-certification credential, candidates must:

  • Attend a review session, either in-person or online
  • Pass a one-hour exam based on Successful Chimney Sweeping 2011 and the National Fire Protection Agency 211 2013
  • Pass a 90-minute open book exam based on the International Residential Code of 2006
  • Agree to pay the annual certification fee
  • Sign the CSIA Code of Ethics

Obligations and Responsibilities

Once chimney and venting system professionals receive the certification from the CSIA, they must follow by its code of responsibilities and obligations, which include:

  • Constantly sharpening skills, base of knowledge, and safety practice techniques for fireplace, chimney, and venting systems
  • Continually learning about and following the CSIA-recommended venting and chimney safety techniques and practices
  • Compliance and familiarity with all applicable building codes regarding chimney and venting products
  • Following strictly the manufacturers’ installation instructions when installing appliances and other parts of a chimney or venting system
  • Educating consumers by providing them with essential information about chimney and venting safety procedures
  • Always treating customers fairly and honestly and never engaging in practices that are unfair or deceptive
  • Behaving in a professional and respectful manner at all times when serving as a chimney sweep

One of the main reasons to hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep is being guaranteed that you will receive the best professional services for your chimney and venting systems. As these services are essential to the maintenance of a safe, functioning chimney, choosing a CSIA-certified company like Aelite Chimney Specialties gives you peace of mind and security. Contact us today for any chimney maintenance issues you may have.

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Help! My Fireplace Stinks!

Don't let your family suffer the unbearable smell that's coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Don’t let your family suffer the unbearable smell that’s coming from your fireplace. Do something about it.

Your home is a place of comfort, safety, relaxation and enjoyment. But how can you possibly feel and experience this when there’s an annoying and unpleasant stench lingering in your humble abode? From its smell, you trace its origins back to the fireplace. What can you do about it? How can you get rid of that horrible smell?

We from Aelite Chimney Specialties Incorporated are more than willing to help you solve that problem. We are professionals duly certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America or the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). We will discuss with you what we can do about your stinky fireplace.

What causes a stinky fireplace?

A stinky fireplace is caused mainly by water that leaks inside your chimney during rainy days and after winter when the snow starts to melt. Water can come in from all sorts of places like the brick walls and the chimney opening. According to the CSIA, water is the number one enemy of chimneys. Why? This is because it can create numerous problems that have such a big effect on the structure of your fireplace and chimney as well as the health of everyone in the house. For example, water that is already inside the chimney will create mold that can compromise your health. Aside from mold, when your fireplace becomes stinky, it’s likely that the water and the toxic chemicals from inside have already mixed.

Another cause for a stinky fireplace is a drafty chimney. This occurs due to obstructions (creosote, animals, debris) negative air pressure, and burning unseasoned wood. Instead of letting the smoke out via the chimney flue, the smoke stays inside.

A stinky fireplace can also be caused by obstructions. A common reason for blockages is the presence of animals. They could be leaving their dirt in your chimney, or perhaps an animal could have died in there. Another reason for blockages could be debris, branches, leaves and other objects.

How can I prevent it?

The best way to prevent this is to first have your fireplace and chimney inspected so that necessary repairs and cleaning can be done. Also, it’s good to have your chimney waterproofed. This is done by putting a waterproofing sealant in between the bricks especially those that are starting to have cracks so that water cannot enter in. Lastly, have a chimney cap installed. This is placed in the chimney opening. It will protect the inside thus preventing water to enter your chimney and your fireplace. Having a chimney cap is the ultimate solution to this since that it’s the number one defense system against any kind of intrusion.

We have been working in this industry for over fifteen years now and we would really like you to be part of our big family. We want you to experience the best kind of service that you deserve. Say goodbye to your stinky fireplace and say hello to a toxic-free, good-smelling fireplace!