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Schedule Your Annual Cleaning Before The Busy Season Hits!

Soon autumn will be here and you’ll be doing all those great fall activities: raking leaves, going on hikes, and watching football games. State fairs are going on, and isn’t that food great?  Not to mention, the kids are back in school and involved in lots of activities! It would really be nice to have some of those necessary, but not so fun jobs done already. One of those jobs would be to call and schedule your annual chimney inspection and cleaning.

Schedule Your Annual Cleaning Image - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimney ServiceInspection and Cleaning

You may be wondering how often it’s necessary to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Inspections should take place on an annual basis. Most experts agree that cleanings should be done when there is an ⅛ inch build up in your chimney. This is one thing that your chimney inspector will be looking for. Since the term ‘chimney inspector’ has been used, let’s talk qualifications for a good chimney inspector.

The first thing you should know? The highest accreditation that your chimney inspector can have is through the Chimney Safety Institute of America. The CSIA website gives details of what to look for in a chimney inspector: How long have they been in business? Do they have valid liability insurance? Have there been valid complaints filed against them? Can they provide references?

What Are They Looking For?

Your chimney specialist will be looking for several things. One of these is obstructions that could potentially start a fire. Something that is notorious for causing a blockage is bird or animal nests. Chimneys make excellent places for creatures to build nests; they’re small, warm, dark, out of the way of other predators, and out of the way of wind and weather. Unfortunately, when the babies are out of the nest and the parent animals move out. Leaving the nests to remain, a potential fire hazard can happen when you use your fireplace in the winter months!

Another potential fire hazard is creosote. When you use your fireplace, the smoke that is released up the chimney is composed of water vapor, a variety of gases, and a variety of chemicals. When the smoke hits the cool top part of your chimney, it condenses and forms creosote. This substance is highly flammable, especially as it builds up! Your chimney inspector will be able to determine how much creosote you have, and whether you need to have the chimney cleaned.

Another thing that your inspector will be looking for is any damage that might need to be repaired. If there is anything that might be causing instability in your chimney, your inspector will recommend the necessary repairs.

CSIA Certification

Do you live in north-central Ohio and are looking for top rated, professional, courteous CSIA certified chimney specialists? If so, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call today to set up your annual inspection and cleaning. Then go out and enjoy the beautiful autumn season!

By Don Rhine on August 8th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Fireplace Facelift

When is the last time you’ve actually really looked at your house? You come home every day, throw your keys in the key holder, and sit on your comfy chair to relax after a hard day. Maybe, once in a while, you take a really good look at your house – and realize that it’s been a long time since it’s been updated! A fresh coat of paint will liven things up, or new flooring. It can even be as simple as changing around some pictures on your walls.

Fireplace Facelift Image - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimney ServiceHowever, did you ever think about giving your fireplace a facelift? When you consider how much room your fireplace takes up, it may be just the thing do. Not to mention, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a project that completely drains your savings, either. There are some inexpensive things you can do that will really brighten up the look of your favorite cozy living space.

Facelift Ideas

If you are looking at inexpensive ways to give your fireplace a boost, consider paint! The color combinations are as wide open as your imagination. You can always add a new mantle, too. Make it a real focal point for your room. However, for a real change, you might want to look into more substantial changes.

Updating the Surfaces

Want to go for a completely different look? If so, you’ll want to choose a new facing for your fireplace. There are many different types and price levels that you can pick from if you want to make a change that will make a statement.

If you’re looking for a traditional, classic look that won’t cost you the bank, consider brick. There are different color groups to pick from and you can choose different color combinations! Form a look that is uniquely your own – and that adds character and distinction to the room.

Plan to redo your fireplace? You will need a certain width of noncombustible material for your surround and hearth. Steel is the perfect material for this! Plus, it will give your room a sleek, modern look that will definitely make a statement.

Stone is another way to go for a one of a kind look. There is natural stone or the less expensive cultured stone option. Additionally, you can pick from a variety of options that will make your fireplace beautiful and homey!

Hire Professionals

When you think about refacing your fireplace, make sure that you hire professionals like the technicians at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They have the proper tools and understanding of the fireplace system, making sure that you are completely satisfied!

By Don Rhine on July 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment