Fireplace Maintenance For The Holidays

Looking forward to spending a lot of cozy evenings in front of the fireplace this holiday season? For many, curling up by the hearth with a blanket and a cup of something warm to drink is the only way to end a snowy evening… If this scenario sounds perfect to you, then it’s time to ensure your chimney is ready for use, and our team is equipped and eager to help.

Operating a faulty fireplace can lead to a lot of problematic issues, which is why there’s no time to lose. Book an appointment with our CSIA certified team today!

fireplaceThe Dangers Of Creosote Build-Up

Now, one issue fireplace neglect can bring about is creosote accumulation. Creosote is a substance that accrues in your fireplace over time, and it needs to be regularly removed to keep things functioning as safely and as efficiently as possible. It takes on a few forms – sticky and tar-like, flaky and light, or hard and glossy – and no matter which you are faced with, it’s dangerous and flammable.

Because creosote is known to so easily ignite, too much of it can significantly increase your chances of experiencing a chimney fire. Chimney fires greatly lower the structural integrity of your system, and fixing the damage they create is bound to be both costly and time-consuming. Not only will the intense heat destroy the metal components throughout your chimney, but it will cause the masonry to crack, crumble, and deteriorate, as well.

Perhaps the most worrisome part of a chimney fire is its quiet nature. Most occur without any noise, as they slowly spread flames throughout your flue, meaning you could easily experience one without even knowing about it. Trust us – if there are cracks, gaps, holes, and other types of decay occurring throughout your system, you want to be aware of it! Not getting necessary repair work completed will only trigger more damage, and it could easily lead to flames, smoke, and/or poisonous fumes entering your home.

Invest in your inspection with our team now, so you can rest easier this holiday season knowing your fireplace is operating safely. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, and if we notice anything alarming we can alert you right away. We’ve got your back!

Do You Have Leaks Or Water Damage?

Another problem we need to watch for this time of year is water-related damage. As snow, sleet, and ice surround your chimney, it’s important to ensure everything is fixed up and well protected. First and foremost, any deterioration must be taken care of. That means if your flashing is damaged or your chimney cap is broken down, it may be time to invest in some replacement parts! Fortunately, we’re equipped to handle it all.

We can also make sure your crown is in good shape and, if it isn’t, we can repair or rebuild it, as necessary. Finally, talk to us about waterproofing. This service is a must due to the absorbent nature of your brickwork and mortar. If your masonry soaks in too much liquid, you’ll be looking at a lot of decay, rot, rust, and more in no time. Along with this, you’ll likely experience the freeze/thaw process, which is when the water freezes, expands, then puts excess pressure on your structure.

All in all, getting the necessary maintenance completed before kicking off your burning season is extremely important! Don’t waste any more time. Talk to us about your options right away.

What Else Do You Need?

Any additional services you’re interested in looking into? Relining work? Firebox repair? Dryer vent cleaning? No matter what you need, we’re certain we can help you out. Or, if you need an entirely new system installed, we’re equipped to handle that, too. We’ve been serving the Cherry Hill area since 1955, and you can bet we’ve seen just about everything. Ready to work with the best? Get an appointment set up with our team!

Our CSIA Certified Pros Are Here To Help

Stacey Ridgeway and the team of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps here at Mason’s Chimney Service are trained, qualified, and highly experienced. We truly feel there is no one better for the job than us, and we would love the opportunity to prove ourselves to you. We offer trustworthy, mess-free care, and we won’t ever try to scam you into hiring us for services you don’t actually need.

We also work with the NFI, the HPBA, the NCSG, and many more reputable organizations, all of which give us the tools and educational materials necessary to provide the highest quality service possible. In an industry that is always growing and evolving, staying on top of any updates, technological advancements, and new techniques is vital!

There’s a reason families in the area have been relying on us for close to 65 years now, and our long list of 5-star reviews speak for themselves. Call today, so that we can work with you soon!

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Schedule A Holiday Chimney Sweeping & Inspection With Our Team

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas cookies, bright lights, and everything else associated with this festive time of year? Here at Mason’s Chimney Service, we love helping homeowners prepare their chimneys and fireplaces for the holidays. A crackling fire can set the mood for any type of party or get-together, and there’s no denying that a warm hearth is the best spot to be when temperatures drop.

That being said, a chimney that’s blocked up, filled with creosote, or experiencing damages can lead to some big problems and cause a lot of discomfort. Ensure you are all set and ready to enjoy the holiday season by calling in our team of experts right away. We provide mess-free services, and we guarantee to give you the care and professional attention you deserve every step of the way.

Inspections Prevent Further Damage

holiday chimney graphicThe CSIA urges homeowners to invest in an inspection every year before kicking off their burning season because often times there are damages that need to be addressed before any fires are lit. Water and excess moisture, for example, can cause your brickwork to deteriorate, and it can damage your metal components (such as the chimney cap, your flashing, and more), as well.

If damages of this nature are present, it is imperative that they are fixed before putting your system to use. Why? Because gaps and cracks throughout the structure give smoke, fumes, and other harmful gases easy access to your home. It also opens pathways for heat and flames to escape and start any adjacent woodwork on fire.

There could also be damages related to chimney fires, lightning strikes, harsh winds, severe weather, and more. No matter the issue at hand, getting a team of experts on the job is a must! Here at Mason’s Chimney Service, we offer a wide range of repair services including tuckpointing, crown repair, restoration work, and more. No matter what kinds of complications you are experiencing, we are certain we can help, but we won’t know what we’re dealing with until we look things over. Schedule your inspection now!

Do You Need A Sweeping, Too?

Another big reason we like to look things over before homeowners light their first fire of the year is so we can check for excess creosote accumulation. Creosote forms inside of your flue as you light fires, and it is very flammable. When too much builds up inside of your chimney, you face a serious risk of experiencing a chimney fire, and the longer you wait to have it removed to more likely you are to develop glazed creosote, which is a lot more difficult and time-consuming to remove.

Chimney fires break down masonry, warp metal chimney components, and leave your structure in a very vulnerable state. You may have even experienced one without realizing it as many are slow-moving and don’t make much noise. If you notice any puffy creosote inside of your flue, any warped metal, or any missing chunks of brickwork get in touch with a professional chimney sweep right away.

Some other signs that a chimney fire has occurred include discoloration, damaged roofing materials, cracks in the masonry, smoke escaping from unusual spots, and creosote flakes throughout your property. Keep an open eye and an open ear, and be sure to get an inspection on the books, even if no obvious damage is present. We can look things over with our advanced equipment and trained eyes, and ensure you are safe to put your system to use in the months ahead!

If we note dangerous levels of creosote, our experts can perform a sweeping, which entails the use of special brushes, vacuums, and technologies. Between our advanced tools and our technical knowledge, you won’t have to worry about the state of your chimney once we finish the job. Get our experts on the job today.

Worried About A Mess?

Now, many times homeowners worry about facing a big mess after someone has been scraping ash and creosote out of their chimney. This is a valid concern and one that a lot of chimney companies, unfortunately, don’t take seriously. Well, if you live in or near Cherry Hill, then you don’t have to stress about a thing because of the professionals at Mason’s Chimney value respect and high-quality services above everything else.

We use tarps, shoe covers, HEPA vacuums, and more to ensure your furniture, floors, curtains, and more stay protected all throughout this process. And with over six decades of experience under our belts, you can bet we’ve got these techniques mastered.

To top it off, you can rest easier knowing we provide honest and accurate evaluations and assessments. We never try to offer you more than you need, and we’ll do our best to work with your unique needs and budget.

Reach Out Today Before Temperatures Drop!

When evenings start to get snowy, cold, and windy, the last thing you want in your home is a fireplace that can’t even be put to use. Add an inspection to your to-do list today, so you can enjoy any upcoming holiday fun to the fullest. We are eager to speak with you soon. Call now!