The Importance of Being Proactive
By Doug Hetsch
May 9, 2018
Owning a house comes with plenty of responsibilities and upkeep. One part of the home that often gets overlooked and neglected is the chimney and fireplace system. Many of us only think about it in cold months so we often don’t give the proper care it demands. To ensure your chimney is safe and efficient, many national fire safety organizations, including the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend that homeowners have their chimney and venting systems professionally swept and inspected once a year.
The industry experts also suggest getting these chimney maintenance completed before your first fire each year. Most homeowners schedule their chimney sweepings at the very last minute in the fall. As the premier chimney company serving the Louisville area, our schedule does fill up fast during the fall and winter seasons. To avoid the rush, we recommend be proactive by making an appointment with us this spring.
What is the importance of being proactive when it comes to professionally maintaining my chimney?
The masonry of the chimneys are built to last for a lifetime. However, they suffer from weather-related damages over the years that could lead to serious issues including structural problems. There could also be hidden hazards inside the chimney such as accumulations of creosote. This substance contributes and increases your risk of a chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak in your home. This is why the industry experts recommend having your chimney professionally inspected yearly.
What can I expect from a professional chimney maintenance appointment with All American Chimney Service?
When our professionals arrive, first we lay down drop cloths around the fireplace area to protect it during our work. We want to leave your home as clean as when we first found it upon finishing. Next, we sweep your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps use specialized tools including rotating brushes on extended rods and a high-powered vacuum, to scrub and rid of every bit of creosote inside the chimney walls. We will also check for liner damage and flue blockages. After we finish your sweeping, we will then inspect the exterior of the chimney to look for any masonry damages and issues that could mark your chimney as unsafe. If we find any problems, we will then provide you with a written explanation and photographs of the damages with an honest estimate of the repairs needed to get your chimney back to its top safety and efficiency.
Be proactive this spring with your chimney maintenance.Contact usat today to schedule an appointment!