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How We Respond to Winter’s Wrath

If you live in Ohio, you know what it’s like to live in the winter! It gets cold, it gets snowy, and it gets icy! An Ohio winter isn’t forhouse in winter everyone, but if you’re one of the tough people that love nothing more than getting outside in the cold weather, then Ohio is the greatest place to be. We get through the winter in many different ways. Let’s look at a few ways we can respond to winter’s wrath!

There are basically two ways to get through an Ohio winter. You can embrace it or you can get through it. Let’s look at embracing it. If you’re one of those people that can’t wait to see the snow fall, that lives for cold temperatures so you can bundle up and go outside and play, then that’s exactly what you should do! Find a ski resort or hit some of Ohio’s cross country ski trails, then finish out your day by taking a hike to make sure your muscles stay warmed up. Or grab a sled or a tube and hit the hills. Whether it’s in your backyard or at a recreation center, there’s not much that makes you feel like a kid again like zooming down a hill, the cold wind in your face. Never mind the long trudge back up that hill, the thrill of speeding down makes it all worthwhile. Maybe you like ice fishing, sitting on the lake on a peaceful day, sipping on a cup of coffee while you wait for the fish to bite. No matter what the outdoor activity you prefer, as long as you are outdoors enjoying nature, it’s going to be a great day.

Maybe you aren’t as much of an embracer as an endurer. Well, winter is great for that, too. If when the weather gets cold, you snuggle in, then you know that nothing feels quite as good as looking out the window and seeing the snow fall, knowing that you are warm and safe in your house. Grab a book and enjoy a long read, turn on the tv and watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see, or do a marathon session of a series on Netflix. Maybe you can’t wait for the cold weather to hit so you have a reason to bake, using the oven to heat up your kitchen while filling the house with the sweet aroma of cookies or cake. Put the kids in their warm jammies and watch a kids’ movie on television. You’ll never feel as comfy and cozy as that feeling you get when you’re snug and warm inside while it’s cold outside.

Cuddle Up In Front of the Fireplace

No matter what type of person you are, embracer or endurer, there’s one thing everyone can agree on, and that’s that cuddling up in front of a beautiful, crackling fire is a great way to spend a winter’s evening. Now is the perfect time to enjoy your fireplace, but winter can also be very hard on a chimney and fireplace. The almost continual use can cause your chimney to become dirty, filled with soot and creosote, and that creosote, if it builds up too much, can catch a spark and cause a fire. Many chimney fires are undetected, which means there may be damage to your chimney liner. If your chimney liner is cracked or chipped, this means that the smoke isn’t able to make as smooth an exit out of your chimney and that your fire won’t burn as efficiently. It can also mean that dangerous gases that should be getting released through the chimney are instead leaking back into your home, causing illness for your family.

The outdoor elements can be very hard on your chimney, as well. Precipitation can get into the pores of the bricks and mortar that make up your chimney, and when the temperatures drop below freezing, that moisture freezes and expands, causing the pores to get bigger. As this happens, cracks can form. This also makes it difficult for smoke to leave your chimney in the manner in which it was intended. There’s another problem, as well. These cracks could also cause instability in the structure of your chimney.

Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

If your chimney or fireplace is showing some negative effects from the harsh weather conditions that an Ohio winter can throw its way, then now is the perfect time to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call. If we find your chimney or fireplace has been damaged, we can set you up on a repair schedule and start as soon as the weather allows. Our team of professional chimney servicemen are CSIA certified and highly qualified to take care of the problems discussed earlier in this article, but also any other problems that can happen when your chimney goes through a long, cold winter. Whether you have chimney problems or not, give us a call and let us come in and we’ll inspect and clean your chimney, look for any trouble spots, and get things fixed up so you have no worries going into the next burning season.

By Don Rhine on February 28th, 2020 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on How We Respond to Winter’s Wrath

Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa

What is fun, delicious, colorful, bright, joyful, and comes once a year? Christmas, of course! Colorful lights, a decorated tree, glittery presents under that tree, and a light snow fall. Also, do you hear sleigh bells in the nighttime sky? Could it be Santa? Hopefully your chimney is ready for that jolly old elf to slide down! What’s best way to make sure that your chimney is Santa-ready? Make sure you have it inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis.

Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo ChimneyImportance of a Yearly Inspection

You use your fireplace on a regular basis throughout the winter months. Cozy evenings spent in front of a crackling fire just can’t be beat. But, when you use your fireplace quite often, this usage can cause a build-up of creosote to occur. GuideOne Insurance explains that, as the primary route for the water vapor, unburned wood particles, tar fog, and other minerals to escape, your chimney can’t avoid having a creosote build-up. The best way to take care of this problem? Have professionals come in annually to check it out and clean it up. Another reason this is so important is because this creosote is extremely flammable. And if there’s one thing that will ruin your Christmas, it’s a chimney fire!

Structural Damage

Yearly inspections are so important because your chimney may have structural damage. This structural damage, although not visible to the untrained eye, is easy for professionals like those at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service to detect. Once detected, they will be able to make a correction plan which will have you up and running again in no time.

How Does Structural Damage Occur

Water can be the biggest problem when it comes to structural damage. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), when precipitation gets into the mortar that’s holding your bricks together and then freezes, it can cause cracks to appear. Consequently, this can be a continuous cycle! Water gets into those cracks, freezes, and cause those cracks to get even bigger, causing structural damage to occur.

Obstructions

If these are not reasons enough, then consider this: It’s important to have your chimney inspected on a yearly basis because, over the summer months, birds and animals can climb in your chimney and build nests. These nests can cause blockages in the chimney which, besides making it tough for Santa to slide down, can catch sparks and cause fires. It may be tempting to try to remove these blockages yourself, but this is not a good idea. Chimney specialists know how to remove these obstructions without damaging the interior of your chimney.

Trust Chim Cheroo For Quality Care

The chimney experts at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service should be your first call for any of your chimney and fireplace needs. This includes your yearly inspection and cleaning. They have the knowledge, the professionalism, and the experience to take care of any problem so that your chimney is ready for Santa! Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

By Don Rhine on December 6th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa