Scheduling Early Chimney Sweepings

Are you someone who likes to stay ahead of the game? If so, we recommend scheduling your chimney sweeping with us now, rather than wait until fall. Most homeowners put this service off, figuring they won’t use their chimney throughout the summer anyway. While this is true for most, there are actually a lot of benefits to getting this service done early.

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Whenever you need to make an appointment, it can be frustrating working around everyone else’s appointment times. We would love to work around every customer’s schedule, finding times that are most convenient for everyone, but unfortunately it’s just not possible. By calling us now, you give yourself a lot more scheduling freedom!

You see, our books fill up fast once the temperatures outside drop. As more and more homeowners call, we have trouble squeezing everyone in! Our staff will be working hard and visiting homes all throughout the area, and we won’t always be able to come at a time that is most convenient for you. That means you’re forced to rearrange your schedule to get this maintenance done before things get really cold.

There’s no doubt about it. Scheduling now is the way to go! You can put your mind at ease knowing your maintenance is done for the year and, while your neighbors are scrambling to schedule their sweeping, you’ll be cozying up to your warm fire with loved ones. Give us a call and we’ll find the best time for you!

Get Repairs Done Early

Another important issue to address is the importance of getting repairs done early. Like we said, we are very busy throughout fall and winter. We may be able to get your sweeping and inspection done, but if we notice repairs, we’ll likely have to come back in at another time. That means even more waiting and rearranging, so that your chimney is in top condition before use!

On top of that, some repairs jobs simply produce better results when the temperature outside is warm. Certain materials may need that nice weather to properly cure, and we will have the time and freedom to get the job done right. And our sweeps will appreciate the safer (and less icy) conditions, when working on your roof!

Count On Our Certified Pros

If you’re ready to get your sweeping in soon, give our CSIA certified experts a call today. We have a long list of satisfied customers all throughout the area, and we want to add you to that list! When it comes to the safety and security of your home, there’s no time to lose. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Learn more about our sweeping services by visiting our website today. And give us a call with any questions or concerns. We are here to serve you!

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Get Your Chimney Swept for the New Year

The start of the New Year is a great time to make resolutions: to eat healthier, spend more time with family, travel, and many more. In addition to your regular resolutions, this year resolve to take better care of your chimney!

Chimneys should be swept and inspected at least once per year, and getting it done in January is a great way to start the year off right. By having your chimney swept now you can enjoy it with confidence for the rest of the year, knowing that there are no safety concerns that could impact the health or safety of your family.

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How often do chimneys need to be swept?

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that all chimneys should be swept annually. The primary purpose having your chimney swept is to remove creosote, an extremely flammable substance that is created by fuel-burning fires. This black, sticky substance clings to the interior of the flue and its accidental ignition is the leading cause of chimney fires. Chimney sweeps will also remove any soot, ash, or other debris present in the chimney.

In addition to cleaning the flue, an inspection will also be performed to check for “soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.” The inspection is equally important because it can alert you to any changes in the condition of your fireplace and chimney over the past year. Spotting problems early is often the best way to prevent them from turning into major – and costly – issues down the road.

Can I clean my chimney myself?

While there are many jobs around the house that homeowners can do themselves, cleaning their chimney is not one of them. Certified chimney sweeps are highly trained professionals who have worked for year to obtain their qualifications. In addition to being experts on fireplace and chimney systems, certified chimney sweeps also have the tools and training to correctly clean your entire chimney system, not just give it a cursory cleaning.

Finally, certified sweeps know what they are looking at. Chimney systems are surprisingly complex and have a number of parts that must all be in good condition in order for your fireplace and chimney to operate their best. Homeowners, contractors, roofers, or other non-chimney sweeps may not be able to spot the beginning signs of damage to your chimney system.

Why is an annual chimney sweep important?

Having a chimney sweep done each year minimizes the risk of safety concerns such as chimney fire by removing soot, ash, debris, and creosote. Likewise, clean fireplaces and chimneys are able to operate more efficiently, saving you money on fuel.

Even if you don’t use your fireplace frequently during the year, you should still have an annual sweep and inspection done. “A chimney inspection is like an annual dental check-up,” said CSIA Director of Education Ashley Eldridge. “It’s preventative maintenance that helps minimize potential hazards.”

Spotting a problem early is the best way to save you both time and money in the long run. If you’re ready to start off the New Year with a clean chimney, contact the experts at Mason’s Chimney Service today!