As a responsible homeowner, you know the importance of proper maintenance of your fireplace and chimney. But it sure is easy to put these things off until the weather starts to cool down and you want to use your fireplace again. We know how easy it is to wait to schedule until the fall, and so we’re are offering an incentive: a $10.00 off coupon for calling to schedule today.
Why Is Yearly Service So Important
It may seem like it’s a bit excessive to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned every year, especially if it wasn’t a particularly hard winter and your fireplace didn’t get much use. But there are several reasons that this is important:
- Winter usage can cause a build-up of creosote inside your chimney. According to the GuideOne Insurance website, “(T)he chimney is the main escape for fire extracts, such as water vapor, unburned wood particles, tar fog and various minerals. These extracts create what is called creosote, a build-up of residue in the chimney.” Although a creosote build-up is especially evident after a long winter of heavy usage, it can also occur when you only use the fireplace occasionally during a mild winter because the fires you build may not be as hot and intense. These types of fires tend to smolder more, which is also a key factor in creosote building up in your chimney.
- Blockages can occur in your chimney, especially over the summer months. Dried leaves and sticks and other debris can fall into your chimney, and this can cause a dangerous situation wherein the air that your chimney is supposed to be allowing to escape is trapped inside and forced back down into your home. Birds, squirrels, and other wildlife often use chimneys as a place to build their homes. It’s important to have your chimney cleaned so that these blockages can be cleared out before you start using your fireplace in the fall months.
- Your chimney may have structural damage that isn’t readily visible to the untrained eye. One especially important thing to be aware of is the damage that water can cause to the bricks and mortar that your chimney is made up of. Masonry chimneys are especially susceptible to the freeze/thaw cycle. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) website, when water is absorbed by the products that make up your chimney and then freezes, it can cause structural damage that can lead to the need for major repairs.
Chimney Safety Institute of America Certification
When looking to hire someone to inspect and clean your chimney, it is recommended that you find a company that hires CSIA certified professionals. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, our sweeps are CSIA certified and receive continuing education through the National Chimney Sweep Guild. Whatever your fireplace and chimney needs are, you can be sure that the highly trained professionals at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service will get the job done and do it right. And don’t forget to mention the $20.00 off coupon when you schedule your appointment today!