A New Year’s Chimney Sweeping & Inspection

Stacey Ridgeway and team here at Mason’s Chimney Service would like to wish all of our customers a Happy New Year! As 2020 progresses, we’re sure many of you are working on some goals and resolutions you set back at the first of the year, and our crew would like to encourage you to add another item to that list – scheduling annual chimney care!

sweep on roof at sunsetWhile this may seem like something better left to the fall and early winter months, there are actually many good reasons to get this maintenance completed now. Not only will you keep your system in the best shape possible, but you guarantee a safer and more comfortable household, as well.

Ready to learn more? Great. Read up below on the importance of a New Year’s sweeping and inspection, then call today to get some services scheduled with our crew. We’d be happy to help you every step of the way!

Fire Prevention

Now, a major reason to invest in regular professional care is due to the risk of fires occurring in your home. A fireplace that is well-kept and run properly can offer a great ambiance to any gathering or evening spent indoors, but when clogs, creosote, and damages are present, you could be facing a disaster before you know it.

One of these risks comes in the form of chimney fires. These occur when excess creosote deposits are in your flue. Because creosote is so flammable, the more you have of it, the higher your chances are of experiencing one of the damaging events. Chimney fires are typically slow-moving and quiet, so you could easily have had one without even knowing it – all the more reason to get that inspection schedule ASAP!

Now, if our sweeps see that a chimney fire has occurred, taking action right away is essential. Your brickwork and mortar aren’t designed to have direct contact with flames, so you very likely will have cracks, holes, and other openings throughout your structure, all of which give flames, gases, and smoke easy access to your home. Any adjacent woodwork could ignite within a matter of hours!

All in all, getting that creosote cleared out and having your system checked over is a must for those that have a fireplace in their home, and neglecting care could leave you with medical bills, property damage, and suffering family members. Don’t take any chances! Call on our crew to get things checked over right away. We’d be happy to get you where you need to be.

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Another big threat fireplace owners could face is carbon monoxide exposure. If you have clogs, obstructions, or build up in your chimney, the likelihood of carbon monoxide entering your home increases, and this is one gas you don’t want to take any chances with. Have damages? CO2 can enter through any cracks or gaps, as well. All in all, having your system looked over and repaired is always the safest bet.

What is carbon monoxide? It is a very poisonous gas, and it’s lack of color and odor make it impossible to detect. Some experience symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headaches, and flu-like symptoms, but even these can be hard to detect or interpret. Because of this, CO2 is responsible for hundreds of deaths every single year.

By having your fireplace (as well as any gas appliances) inspected and serviced at least once a year, you avoid the risk of exposure significantly. Another course of action all homeowners should take is to purchase carbon monoxide detectors and check their batteries often. These devices are designed to detect the presence of this dangerous gas, and they will alert you straight away if it is in your home. If your alarm goes off, be sure to exit the area immediately, then call for help from the proper authorities.

Other Risks

Exposure to dangerous fumes and the threat of house and chimney fires are some of the biggest reasons why annual inspections and regular chimney sweepings are important, but other issues could be occurring, too. Water damage, deterioration, and other types of decay can contribute to a crumbling structure, increasing the likelihood of a settlement or collapse, and build-up and poor construction can lead to smoke backing into your home. Along with this, a lack of proper chimney components (such as a cap, flashing, a damper, etc.) will lead to even more issues.

All of these situations are ones we hope no homeowner should have to face, which is why we work so hard to know it all and be the best. We’ve been providing the highest level of care for homeowners in Gloucester County, Camden County, Burlington County, and more since our start back in 1955, and as a family-owned business, you can bet that we’ll always put you first.

CSIA-Certified & Ready To Serve You

To further ensure we stay up-to-date on it all in this ever-evolving industry, we stay certified with the CSIA, the FIRE, and the NFI, and we are members of the NCSG, as well. We’re also CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, meaning your dryer vents are safe in our hands, and we’re associated with a long list of reputable organizations, all of which keep up educated and informed on all we need to know to better serve you.

When it comes to your chimney, you should never settle for less. Count on our crew to help you out with it all.

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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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