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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.

Inspection 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: , , | Comments Off on Schedule Your Annual Cleaning Before The Busy Season Hits!

Summertime is Best for Chimney Repair Work

Summer is the best time to do a lot of things. Swimming at the beach, hiking, wearing shorts and tank tops, canoeing. All of these things are so much better when the weather is warm and sunny! There are other things that are better to do in the summer as well. One of these things is getting your chimney repaired. There are several good reasons for this. Unfortunately, if you wait too long and the weather gets bad, it simply isn’t possible to be out in the elements working in the cold and snow.

Why Summer is Better

First of all, winter is hard on your chimney. You spend a lot of time in the winter burning fires. Heating the rooms in your home or using your fireplace recreationally adds a cozy ambiance on a cold evening! Over the course of the winter, creosote builds up in your chimney and the freeze/thaw cycle takes place. Consequently, sometimes you can even have a chimney fire that goes undetected. It’s a great idea to have your chimney inspected and cleaned right away in the summer. So, if any repairs are necessary, you will have the summer to arrange for the work to be done.

Another reason that it’s a good idea to have your chimney work done in the summer is simple courtesy. If you were a worker, it’s certain you’d prefer to work outdoors during the summer instead of in the cold and wind. Not only is this courteous, but it could also get the work finished more quickly. Is your repair work is being done on the exterior of your home? If so, rain, wind, or cold weather might delay that work for days or even weeks! If you want the job done in a timely manner, consider scheduling the work in the summer months. This is because the likelihood of severe weather conditions aren’t as likely.

There are also some jobs that need heat. One example of this is masonry work or tuckpointing. If the mortar between the bricks or blocks of your chimney is beginning to peel or flake, it will need to be replaced. This procedure is called tuckpointing. Because of the nature and consistency of mortar, it requires a certain amount of time to cure or dry. This works best in warm weather. For a stronger, more reliable job of tuckpointing, or any other mortar work, you’ll want to have the work done in warm weather.

Call the Best

All repair needs aren’t visible to the untrained eye. Therefore, the first step you should take is to call a CSIA certified professional from Chim Cheroo Chimney Service to inspect your chimney and to advise you on necessary repairs. If you don’t need repairs, they’ll be able to give your chimney a thorough cleaning and then you’ll be set. If repairs are needed, you’ll be able to get scheduled for the work and get it done quickly and efficiently!

By Don Rhine on May 31st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Summertime is Best for Chimney Repair Work