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!