Company Blog

Now Is the Time To Schedule Your Professional Chimney Maintenance Services

Believe it or not, it is almost time to get your kids ready to go back to school! This means the cooler weather of fall is right around the corner. This time of year can become very hectic. Plus, with such a busy schedule for your family nowadays, the holidays will be here before you know it. Your fireplace is a popular gathering spot. So, you definitely want to be sure your family, friends, and holiday guests will be safe from any dangerous hazards that may be lurking within your chimney.

Now Is the Time to Schedule Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIn fact, national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that homeowners have their annual professional chimney maintenance services scheduled, before lighting the first fire of the year. This is to ensure your chimney and fireplace will work efficiently and safely during the fall and winter. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional chimney sweeping and inspection services to residents in the Hudson Valley. We would like to tell you why now is the time to schedule your appointment and what you can expect from our services!

ADVANTAGES OF SCHEDULING NOW

Once September arrives, the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney have a calendar that is packed with chimney maintenance appointments for the rest of the year. Actually, it is our busiest time of the year. We work long hours to make sure the chimney and fireplace systems throughout our service area have no damage, or other issues that could pose any dangerous safety hazards. When you schedule your appointment with us now, you will be more likely to arrange our visit on the date that is the most convenient for you. Additionally, you won’t have to wait for weeks for your chimney to be serviced. This could affect your holiday entertaining plans, so we encourage you to go ahead and make this important appointment today!

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM OUR SERVICES

All Seasons Chimney will arrive to your home to perform your annual professional chimney maintenance services. We will start by making sure we keep your house mess free! This is done by laying down tarps and drop cloths on the floor in front of your fireplace and over nearby furniture. Then we will begin sweeping your chimney from the top to the bottom. We use specialized tools to make sure that every bit of creosote is removed from the interior walls of your chimney, to eliminate the risk for chimney fires.

After your chimney has been swept, we then take a close look at the exterior and interior of your chimney in our inspection service. We will check to make sure no debris is blocking your chimney. This ensures you will not have carbon monoxide forced back into your home. We will also examine your liner and other important components of your chimney to make sure there is no damage present. If we do find any issues, we will provide you with photos of the damage. Also, we prepare a written estimate of the repairs that are necessary to be able to use your chimney safely.

Beat the fall rush. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance services today. Make sure your fireplace will be ready on the day of the first Fall chill!

 

Keeping Animals Out Of Your Chimney

The last thing you want to hear coming from your chimney? The scurrying sounds of wild animals or the chirping sounds of birds! Unfortunately, birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals often see a chimney as a safe place to build nests. This is because of trees being cut down for construction and development purposes. Keeping birds and wild animals out of your chimney is important. Why? It keep your fireplace and chimney system working safely. A wild animal inside your chimney is not just annoying, but it can also be dangerous! In fact, animals in your chimney cause safety hazards in your home.

Keeping Animals Out Of Your Chimney Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYou can always call to have most wild animals removed from your chimney. However, many species of birds, including chimney swifts, are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This is a federal law that makes it illegal to remove them and their nests! The best way to avoid this problem is to keep these critters from ever getting into your chimney in the first place. All Seasons Chimney knows exactly how to accomplish this. Now, we would like to tell you more about how we can protect your chimney from bird and animal invasions.

You need a good-quality chimney cap that is equipped with animal guards.

What happens if a chimney cap isn’t professionally installed on the top of your chimney? You have an open door for birds, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and any other wild animal looking for a place to build their nest! To be sure that they can’t get into the chimney, your cap should be equipped with animal guards. These are mesh metal sides that prevent critters from entering your chimney. All Seasons Chimney can help you select the best cap for your chimney. Plus, we provide professional installation services that guarantee your protection.

A chimney cap serves other important functions, too!

A chimney cap keeps birds and wild animals out of the chimney. It also prevents water from rain and melted ice and snow from leaking into the chimney opening. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says that a chimney cap is the least expensive preventive measure you can take against water penetration! Another function of a chimney cap is to prevent accidental fires. The animal guards can keep hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the top of the chimney and igniting a fire where they land. Having chimney draft issues? You should consider a chimney cap that is equipped with special side vents that direct the wind to help pull out the exhaust gases.

All Seasons Chimney has a wide variety of different types of chimney caps, and we provide professional installation services of these caps. Contact us to learn more about how a chimney cap can protect you from animal invasions, water penetration damage, accidental fires, and draft problems!