There are so many things going on in Putnam County, New York, and the surrounding communities. If you love the great outdoors, there are parks you can take advantage of, like Hudson Highlands State Park or Bear Mountain State Park, where you can hike along the trails or picnic or let the kids play on the playground equipment. Or you can get out and see some of the art galleries or local attractions. Maybe you can even take some time to check out General Washington’s Headquarters, where he spent the end of the Revolutionary War! Putnam County is also the home of some great businesses, and one of those is Alpine Chimney Sweeps. Because we live right here, we want to make sure that the people that live here have the highest quality service and workmanship, and that’s what we strive to achieve.
What Needs To Be Done
You might wonder what a chimney sweep company actually does. If you own a fireplace, you know that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis. That’s one of the things that a chimney sweep company does. The reason it’s so important is that over the course of a year’s use, things can happen that can be a real danger to your family and your home if left undetected and untreated. For example, as unbelievable as it may sound, you may have had a chimney fire and not even been aware of it. Most chimney fires go undetected, which is dangerous because you may have damage that is stopping your chimney from doing what it should be doing, which is getting the dangerous byproducts carried in smoke out of your chimney.
Another enemy of your chimney is creosote. Creosote is a byproduct of smoke. When wood burns, moisture is released, and along with with the moisture many chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, benzene, methane, and aldehydes. When the smoke reaches the chimney, it condenses and forms creosote, which smells nasty but worse yet, is highly flammable and can catch a spark from your fire very easily.
The key components of your chimney, like the dampers, the chimney crown, the chimney cap, the flashing, and the flue liner need to be in good working condition to ensure that your chimney is working effectively and efficiently. This is another reason that it’s important to have that yearly inspection.
Give Us A Call
If making sure that there’s not been a chimney fire, cleaning out creosote, and checking on the condition of the components of your chimney seem like daunting tasks, just remember that your job is the easy one. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. It’s important that you have your chimney inspected and swept before the cold fireplace weather gets here so that you know that it’s safe and creosote free. You’ll be worry-free when you put your fireplace and chimney in the expert care of Alpine Chimney Sweeps.