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We Offer A Wide Range of Chimney Services

At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, we specialize in all things chimney-related. This means that no matter what your chimney issue is, whether it’s a simple inspection a masonry chimney with blue skyand cleaning or a major repair job, there’s only one solution for who to call: Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. Our chimney sweeps are CSIA certified, which means that we have access to the best training and the best education in the industry. And that education is ongoing. We take advantage of the training opportunities that come available to make sure we stay on top of the industry standards and regulations. We are also members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and take advantage of the educational opportunities they offer as well. Because of these certifications, our customers are assured of receiving the best service in the business! Read on for an explanation of some of the services we offer.

Chimney Cleaning

One of the most common things we do, and the most requested, is chimney inspection and cleaning. Because this is such a vital service, it is recommended that you have it done every year. There are three levels of chimney inspections, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done and how responsible you have been with having your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. A Level One inspection is just a standard inspection, where we’ll make sure that things look like they are in good condition, make sure there are no blockages, and make sure that your creosote buildup is at less than the minimum requirement. If you have made changes to your heating system, if there may have been damage from a chimney fire or serious weather system, or if you are selling your home, we’ll do a Level Two inspection, which digs a little deeper by using video equipment to see into the interior of your chimney. If you suspect that you’ve had chimney damage, neglected the upkeep of your chimney, or believe that there may be structural damage, then you’ll need a Level Three inspection, which combines the first two levels and they may also require opening up parts of the chimney to get to that damage. We are experienced at every level of chimney inspection, and have the equipment to make the job easy!

Chimney Relining

One area of particular interest during your chimney inspection will be your chimney liner. The chimney liner plays a very important role in keeping your home safe while you’re using your fireplace. There are three important jobs that a chimney liner does. First, it protects the interior of your chimney from the corrosive effects that smoke can have on it. A correctly sized liner will make your fireplace a more efficient heating source. Lastly, a chimney liner will protect the combustibles that are next to your fireplace from the heat that might radiate through the bricks when you burn a fire. But if your chimney liner has cracks or holes, it can’t do these jobs properly. If we see that your chimney liner is in bad shape, we’ll recommend either relining it or using HeatShield, a sealant that can be used to repair specific areas of your chimney.

Leaks

We’ll also look for parts of your chimney that might be leaking. When you have water leaking down your chimney, it can weaken the bricks and mortar and cause your chimney structure to be unstable. It can also cause damage to the interior of your home, weakening your chimney tiles, causing sagging and brown spots. Your walls and floorboards can mold and weaken as well. That’s why we’ll make sure to check out the status of your chimney crown and chimney cap, making sure that the crown isn’t cracked and the cap isn’t rusted or worn. If either of these things are damaged, they may be allowing precipitation to run down your chimney. Also, we’ll make sure that your flashing isn’t torn or rusted. The flashing is the metal strips that are layered at the base of the chimney, redirecting the precipitation away from this junction and keeping water out of your home.

Tuckpointing

If we notice that the mortar between the bricks in your chimney is soft and crumbly, if there are white specks on the ground around your chimney, or if the bricks are loose in areas, we’ll recommend that we do tuckpointing. This entails picking the mortar out from between the bricks using tools specially designed for the task, then replacing that mortar with fresh, making sure that it matches the existing mortar so that your chimney looks great and is sturdy enough to last for many more years.

Any Necessary Repairs

No matter what types of chimney work your chimney needs, whether that be waterproofing, repairing your chimney crown, replacing your chimney cap, or any type of chimney rebuilds or restorations, there’s really only one question to ask yourself: when are you going to make the call to set up an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned? The professionals at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service can’t wait to make sure that your chimney is in tip-top shape so that your family can enjoy nights of comfort snuggled up in front of a snapping, crackling fire.

By Don Rhine on November 30th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on We Offer A Wide Range of Chimney Services

Are You Prepared for the Upcoming Burning Season?

When the air starts to cool down and the leaves start to change color, the neighbors start burning leaves and high school stadium lights start shining on Friday nights, then it’s time to start thinkingfireplace burning wood about making sure that your fireplace is ready for the days of fire-burning that are just around the corner. Are you prepared for the upcoming burning season? There are several things that you need to check to make sure that your fireplace is clean and safe before you start burning again.

What To Look For

Have you noticed a peculiar odor coming from your fireplace? How about some grit and grime floating down your chimney? Well, it may be that you have a build-up of creosote on the interior of your chimney, and that’s not a good situation. When you burn wood in a fireplace, moisture that is left in the wood escapes, and along with it chemicals. This is why it’s so important to make sure that your wood has been cured for at least six months after cutting it, and longer is better. So, when this moisture hits the cool interior of the fireplace, it condenses and forms a grimy buildup, which is creosote. It smells and it’s dirty, but even worse, it’s highly flammable and can easily catch a spark and cause a chimney fire. This is true at even an eighth of an inch of creosote buildup.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is cracks in your mortar. If you notice that the ceiling surrounding your fireplace or the wallpaper or wallboard is looking soft or weak or discolored, it could very well be that your chimney is leaking. This could be caused by a variety of things, and one of those things is weak or cracked mortar. Those cracks can let moisture in, and that’s a problem because it can cause instability in your chimney structure.

Speaking of leaks, there are other places that might be leaking as well. You’ll want to make sure that your flashing is secured and that your chimney cap is in good shape, with no rust or loose spots that might let leaks or animals in. You’ll also want to make sure that the bricks in your chimney are secure and in place.

Does it seem as though there are a lot of things that you need to make sure are secure before you use your fireplace for the season? Do you feel like you aren’t knowledgeable or skilled enough to make sure that your fireplace is ready for a fire? It’s probably true. You probably aren’t. So who should you call? Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc.

Why Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

When you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, you are getting professionals who are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified and have over thirty years of experience in taking care of the chimneys in Mansfield and North Central Ohio. We’re the experts to call for all your chimney care needs!

By Don Rhine on September 16th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Are You Prepared for the Upcoming Burning Season?