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Get Your Chimney Swept Before the Fall Rush

All Seasons Chimney understands that the last thing on your mind right now is lighting a fire in your fireplace. However, national fire safety organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before lighting that first fire after summer is over for safety reasons. We strongly recommend to our customers to be prepared and proactive now by scheduling a summer chimney sweeping so that when the weather turns cooler this fall, you can relax and enjoy the fire without worrying about fire hazards. As soon as the month of September rolls around, our certified chimney sweeps have a packed schedule of maintenance calls, which means it could take longer to have your chimney swept and inspected if you wait too long to make your appointment with us. We would like to share exactly what kind of service you can inspect from our expert chimney sweeps.

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CHIMNEY SWEEPING

The number one concern of our CSIA-certified sweeps at All Seasons Chimney when they come to your home to get it ready for the cooler months of fall and winter is to remove all of the creosote accumulations from the interior walls of your chimney. Creosote is a highly combustible and natural compound that forms during the process of condensation that occurs when smoke, gases, vapors, and other by-products of combustion exit your chimney. With a varying appearance, creosote can be black or brown, sticky and gummy, crisp and brittle, or hard and shiny. No matter what it looks like, large amounts of creosote are dangerously flammable and ignite the majority of chimney fires. We know how essential it is to rid your chimney from excessive deposits of creosote before you light your first fire of the winter.

CHIMNEY INSPECTION

Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney take much pride in inspecting your chimney to be sure it works properly and safely. We use a closed circuit video camera on every inspection so that we can get the best possible examination of the condition of the interior of your chimney. Before cleaning your chimney, our chimney sweeps will closely look at the readily accessible parts of your chimney and fireplace, be sure everything is correctly connected, check out how sound the structure of your chimney is, and guarantee nothing is dangerously blocking the flue. All Seasons Chimney will ensure that your fireplace and chimney function correctly with no safety hazards present.

Want to beat the fall rush? Contact All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection sooner rather than later.

We Also Clean Oil Furnace Flues

If you have an oil-burning furnace, you may not realize that you need to have its flue cleaned annually. Many homeowners believe the oil service company takes care of this task; however, the majority of oil furnace technicians will only shovel out the base of the chimney and brush the connector pipes. Additionally, these technicians will often tell you the chimney looks good, even though they do not inspect the entire chimney. Just like the chimney of a wood-burning or gas-fueled fireplace, your oil furnace flue should be cleaned annually, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Our chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney are experienced with cleaning oil furnace flues, and we would like to share with you some information about the importance of cleaning these flues once a year.

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Why is it so important to have my oil furnace flue cleaned annually?

Your oil-burning furnace has long running cycles during the winter. These cycles produce oil soot that can stick to the flue walls and eventually fall to the base of its masonry chimney or even directly into the the top of the furnace itself. This fallen build-up of soot can cause a flue blockage, which can trap nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water vapors, and the toxic gas, carbon monoxide. Your flue should be cleaned annually to protect you and your family from carbon monoxide flowing back into your home.

What other damage can soot do to my flue?

Since soot is a combination of sulphur and carbon, it can cause your flue to begin to deteriorate. This occurs when the sulphur mixes with rainwater or water vapors and becomes absorbed into the flue tiles, which causes spalling, cracking, and flaking of your flue. A damaged flue also puts you at risk of carbon monoxide leaks.

What if I have a stainless steel flue liner?

Even though a stainless steel liner will not rust, it can become corroded by the sulphuric acid reaction of oil soot. This corrosion causes tiny pinholes to form in the liner, and this ruins the liner’s ability to contain the byproducts of combustion, such as smoke and carbon monoxide.

What can I expect from an oil furnace flue cleaning from All Seasons Chimney?

When our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps arrive, they will first set up their equipment and seal off any areas which may allow soot to enter your home. Next, our sweeps will disconnect the pipe connecting the furnace to the chimney to sweep it and then reconnect the pipe. We will then inspect the exterior and the interior of your chimney to look for potential problems. Finally, our sweeps will loosen all soot deposits and clean the flue before restarting your furnace. This sweeping and inspection is your best defense against expensive chimney and furnace repairs.

Since the best time to clean oil furnace flues is in the spring after the heavy winter usage, contact All Season Chimney today to schedule a cleaning. We guarantee we will rid your flue of all soot deposits to make it safe to use.