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Make a Resolution to Maintain Your Chimney

As we start a new year, many people take the time to reflect on their goals by making New Year’s resolutions. Popular resolutions include going to the gym and eating health, but All Seasons Chimney want you to consider your chimney when setting your goals for the new year. Making the resolution to keep up with your professional chimney maintenance routines will ensure that your chimney and fireplace system will function effectively and safely throughout the winter. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps will help you keep this resolution, and you can count on us to take care of your chimney and fireplace system. For over 25 years, we have provided quality professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the lower Hudson Valley area, and we would like to tell you more about what you can expect when we sweep and inspect your chimney.

Get an up close look at the inside of your chimney

a beautiful masonry chimneyOne of the best things about a professional chimney inspection from All Seasons Chimney is that we use a closed circuit video camera when we are conducting this maintenance service. This allows us to closely look at every inch of the inside of your chimney so that we can find those hidden hazards and make any necessary repairs.

Be assured that your chimney is properly swept

Before we start sweeping your chimney, All Seasons Chimney will take a video of the inside of your chimney. The reason why we take the time to do this is to show you a before-and-after comparison when we have completed our maintenance services. You will be able to see exactly what we removed from your inner chimney, and our CSIA-certified professionals can verify your chimney has been satisfactorily swept.

Know that your chimney is free from damage and safety hazards

When All Seasons Chimney inspects chimneys, we follow the guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While many of our inspections can be more involved and detailed, your annual basic inspection service will include an examination of the readily accessible parts of the interior and exterior of the chimney, the heating appliance, and the appliance-chimney connection. We will make sure there are no flue blockages or installation errors, and we will verify that your chimney is structurally sound.

When you hire All Seasons Chimney to inspect your chimney, you will be treated fairly and professionally. You can count on us to help you keep your chimney maintenance New Year’s resolution. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney sweeping and inspection services.

Waterproofing Your Chimney

Winter typically brings lots of snow and ice to the lower Hudson Valley area. This means your chimney needs to be able to be properly protected from all the brutally cold temperatures and the elements. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), chimney masonry damage can quickly become a serious problems over the winter. This means you need to take all the extra precautions when it comes to protecting your masonry chimney against the harsh conditions of winter.

damaged masonry chimneyFor over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been protecting the chimneys with professional chimney water preventive services, and we know what works to keep winter weather to a minimum for your chimney. Waterproofing your chimney save you from expensive repair work in the near future. We would like to answer a couple of frequently asked questions about this chimney maintenance service.

Why does winter weather cause so much damage to masonry chimneys?

The bricks and mortar joints of your chimney are constantly exposed to water. Some of that moisture gets absorbed into the porous masonry. Whenever the cold temperatures of winter drop below freezing, the moisture freezes and expands inside the bricks and mortar joints, which causes cracks and crumbling. As the weather warms back up, the water then seep even further into the masonry, where the process is repeated. An entire winter season of freeze/thaw cycles lead to serious structural issues. This includes missing bricks and possibly even a collapsed chimney. Professional chimney waterproofing helps to avoid these risks by creating a barrier against water penetration.

What can I expect from a waterproofing treatment from All Seasons Chimney?

Before we get started on protecting your chimney from the freeze/thaw cycle, we look for damaged bricks and mortar joints. If we find any problems, we will give you our plan of repair. Once your exterior chimney is clean and in sound shape, we will apply a specialized waterproofing treatment that is made especially for chimneys. After the treatment dries, your chimney is protected from the freeze/thaw cycles for at least a decade. The bricks and mortar joints also will be safe from efflorescence, mildew, fungus, and other stains.

Is your chimney ready for winter? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney waterproofing services. We are here to help you with all of your chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs this winter.