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Time To Get A Chimney Sweeping

Nothing beats the snow and the frigid cold temperatures like cozying around a warm fire with your loved ones. This winter has been especially long and cold and you’ve probably been using your fireplace quite often. However, spring is in sight and soon it won’t be long until warmer weather arrives and it’ll be time to give your fireplace a little time off. This is a perfect time to get your annual chimney sweeping. A clean chimney is crucial to the safe operation of your chimney system and with winter almost done, now is the perfect time to schedule a cleaning. At Old Smokey’s, our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) trained and certified professionals have swept over 20,000 chimney’s in our 30 plus years in the industry. Customer satisfaction is the hallmark of our business and numbers like that translate into a lot of satisfied customers.

Why sweeping is important?sand timer sitting on calendars, creating a schedule

Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) recommend getting your chimney cleaned and inspected by a CSIA certified chimney technician at least once a year. This is to check for combustible materials and that your chimney and fireplace is in good working and structural condition. There are a lot of things that could have happened to your chimney and fireplace over the past year. Winter can be especially hard on your chimney. If you used your chimney frequently over the winter, soot and creosote will settle and build up on the inside of your chimney. This can be a big issue because creosote is combustible and if it ignites, it creates a fire that is nearly impossible to extinguish.

Water and Your Masonry

Another winter related issue can also arise if moisture gets into the tiny pores or cracks in your chimney masonry. Water will freeze and expand if it sits in your chimneys masonry. Over time, this can weaken the structural integrity of your chimney causing it to crack or crumble. A thorough cleaning and inspection mean that these issues could be caught before they become a more serious issue.

Spring is a very busy time of year for us so appointment slots are starting to fill up fast! Call and schedule a chimney sweeping and inspection with northern Indiana’s, northern Ohio’s, and mid-Michigan’s number one chimney service today! You can reach Old Smokey’s at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!

Trust Us for Your Annual Chimney Inspection!

It is critical to your family’s safety that your regularly used chimney is operating well. Even if your chimney is only occasionally used, you should still have it periodically inspected by a professional. This is because dirty chimneys are a potential fire hazard. In fact, The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that the leading contributor to home heating fires is having a chimney that isn’t clean.  However, this shouldn’t deter you from enjoying your fireplace this winter. We here at Old Smokey’s want to let you know that, with a little help and guidance from our professional chimney technicians, your chimney will be perfectly safe to operate this winter.

Why are inspections important?Trust us for your annual chimney inspections

Getting your chimney inspected by one of our chimney technicians is one of the most important things you can do for its health. This is because an inspection allows us to determine if there are any issues that may have risen over the past year that would affect how your chimney operates. During an inspection one of our highly skilled chimney technicians will look for any damage to the your chimney and fireplace masonry, such as cracked brick or crumbling mortar. We will also inspect the inside of your chimney to make sure that it isn’t clogged with any debris, animal nests, or creosote. Lastly, we will inspect any other chimney components (chimney crown, chimney cap, damper, etc.) and make sure they are in safe, operational condition.

Have your chimney inspected by a CSIA certified technician

When you get your chimney inspected, you want to make sure that your inspection is going to be done thoroughly and safely. That’s why it’s critical that you have your chimney inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician.  To gain CSIA certification, a chimney technician must go through a tough training schedule, learning the latest chimney inspection and chimney maintenance techniques. Next, chimney technicians must learn about the latest in chimney fireplace and safety. Technicians are then allowed to be certified after they pass an exam related to their training and take an oath to perform their work ethically, never taking shortcuts or scamming their customers. At Old Smokey’s, we take CSIA certification very seriously. All of our chimney technicians are required to have CSIA certification to work for us. We want to make sure our customers are satisfied with our work and we want to assure them that we will keep their home and family free from hazards. That’s why being certified is important to us, because it is important to our customers.

If you haven’t had your chimney inspected in a while, you may be putting your home at risk. We still have appointment slots open, so call us at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009 or reach us online to set up an inspection with one of our chimney technicians. We look forward to serving you!

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