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!

 

Ivy Can Severely Damage Your Chimney

While the English ivy that is growing along your masonry chimney may look beautiful, it could be severely damaging your chimney. Brought to the United States by European immigrants over two centuries ago, English ivy grew quickly in popularity because it was such an attractive and low-maintenance groundcover. People soon learned, however, how invasive and aggressive this plant could be as it began to suffocate trees and cause structural damage. At All Seasons Chimney, we have seen the damage caused by this climbing vine, and we would like to share with you more about how ivy can cause major problems with your masonry chimney.

chimney-ivy-damage-image-poughkeepsie-ny-all-seasons

How exactly can ivy damage my chimney?

English ivy grows with clusters of roots along the stems, which excrete a sticky liquid to help it adhere to brick, mortar, concrete, and wood. If your masonry chimney is in good shape with no erosion or spalling damage, this climbing vine may grow along your chimney without causing any damage. However, if your chimney contains cracks in the bricks and mortar and is missing pieces of masonry, English ivy can grow into these cracks and even worsen the damage to the bricks and mortar. If your chimney was built before 1930, you can have an even bigger problem. According to Today’s Homeowner, homes built before 1930 were constructed with mortar that does not contain Portland cement, which means this mortar is much more likely to erode over the years. If your older chimney is currently covered with English ivy or another climbing vine, contact us at All Seasons Chimney to inspect the condition of your chimney’s exterior. You do not want to check this out yourself by attempting to pull the ivy away. If your chimney is cracked, the ivy has typically grown into these cracks, and pulling the ivy down can result in pulling down your entire chimney structure!

What other kinds of problems can result from ivy growing on my chimney?

Birds, rats, and other animals and insects love to live in ivy and can easily enter your home through the chimney or through missing pieces of bricks and mortar. Ivy can also trap moisture against the masonry of your chimney that can cause even further structural damage from erosion.

What can I do if I like the look of ivy growing up my chimney?

You can have the exterior of your chimney inspected for cracks and loose bricks to ensure the ivy cannot grow into the masonry. You may want to try to contain the growth of the ivy by training it to climb exactly where you want. You can also choose a less aggressive climbing vine, such as roses, that will not threaten the masonry work of your chimney. Installing some sort of support like a trellis for the vine to grow along is also an excellent idea for those who appreciate the look of ivy and climbing vines.

To prevent English ivy and other climbing vines from damaging your masonry chimney, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. We can inspect the condition of the exterior of your chimney and make recommendations for repairs, if needed.