Chimney sweepings are something every fireplace owner needs to invest in from time to time, and it’s one service that should never be neglected. Between creosote building up, nesting materials accumulating, and more, you could be facing a lot of dangers by lighting fires in an unswept chimney!
With the holidays fast approaching, we’re betting that you want to enjoy countless carefree evenings in front of a crackling fire with your family. Ensure everything is all set and safer for use by counting on our team for any and all of your sweeping-related needs.
Clogs, Obstructions & Creosote: Why They’re Dangerous
The main purpose of a chimney sweeping is to remove anything that may threaten the safety of your home and family while you are enjoying the warmth and comfort of your fireplace. One of the things sweeps are trained to look out for is excess creosote. Creosote forms as you light fires, and its presence is unfortunately unavoidable. Because of this, having it regularly removed is a must!
Why exactly is creosote so dangerous? Well, its flammable nature makes you much more prone to experience a chimney fire. Your masonry chimney is strong and sturdy, but it simply wasn’t designed to withstand the intense heat that comes with direct contact with flames. If a chimney fire occurs, your structure will break down significantly, causing gaps, cracks, holes, and other openings to form throughout it.
Along with this, your metal components may warp and blacken, and your chimney liner will suffer immensely. All in all, you’re looking at a lot of expensive repair work, all of which must be completed before lighting any more fires. In the end, investing in an affordable sweeping now is a much better move for your budget.
Keep in mind, too, that cracks and other damage in your chimney can easily lead to smoke, carbon monoxide, and flames entering your home. Your family will face a serious risk of injury or death, and your home could experience extensive damage, too. It’s not worth it! Take some time to reach out to our team today. We would love to set you up right.
Now, creosote isn’t the only thing to be wary of. Throughout a sweeping, your tech will also check for any outside debris, nesting materials, leaves, twigs, and more. It’s not uncommon for birds and other woodland critters to make their way into your structure when it isn’t in use, and they often leave behind a big mess once they’re through with it. Most of these things are flammable and could put your structure at risk if they catch on fire.
Not to mention, the more blocked up your flue is, the more restricted draft and airflow will be, which could leave you with a smokey living space over the holidays and during any parties or get-togethers. This is unsafe and less than ideal, and it is sure to send guests and family members elsewhere in a hurry. Let us give you the peace of mind you deserve. Get your sweeping scheduled now.
Once we’re through with the job, we can also ensure you are equipped with a sturdy chimney cap, which will work wonders in keeping out debris and animals down the line. It also is ideal for keeping out rain and snow, and it will prevent pesky downdrafts, too. Finally, chimney caps are known to stop stray sparks and embers from landing on your flammable roofing materials. That’s a lot of help from one simple device! Let us get yours installed ASAP.
What To Expect From Our Team
So, you’re convinced – a sweeping is a necessary investment! Now, what can you expect from us once you have your appointment booked? Well, first of all, you can plan on us being in your home from anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. During this time, we’ll inspect your chimney, look for any damages (cracks, missing parts, etc.), then perform our sweeping services.
This will entail using specialized brushes to clear out the chimney; clearing ash out of the firebox; removing and brushing the grate; scrubbing the smoke chamber, damper, and smoke shelf; and ensuring you will not face any fire-related hazards when using your chimney from here on out.
We also guarantee no mess and no stress on your part. When you have a company in your home working to clear out ash, soot, and the like, it may leave you feeling a bit concerned about how your carpet, furniture, drapes, and more will look at the end of it all. Well, put all of those worries away because we take every measure possible to respect your home and keep it clean.
Wondering if you need to do anything to prepare for our visit? All we ask is that you not use your fireplace for the 24-hour period before we arrive, move any breakable items and furniture away from the fireplace (6 – 8 feet should give us plenty of room), and keep any pets in a separate area. All of this helps our team to work as safely and as efficiently as possible. After that, we’ll take care of the rest!
We’re Ready To Visit Your Home In Westchester, Suffolk, or Putnam County!
The experts here at Alpine Chimney Sweeps are experienced and knowledgeable Certified Chimney Professionals that have been serving the area for close to two decades now. Our long list of positive reviews speak for themselves, and there is no doubting our drive and passion for being the best of the best – you deserve that from us!
Let’s get this process started. Reach out to our team today.