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Is Your Fireplace Ready for Winter?

Cozy Winter Fireplace Ready Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyColder weather is in the forecast, but is your chimney and fireplace system ready for warm, cozy, and safe fires this winter? To be prepared for lighting the first fire in your fireplace this year, you need to schedule your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection appointment with our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney. The CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety groups all recommend having this chimney maintenance done by qualified professionals before fireplace season gets started. Winter is just around the corner, and we are here to help you get your fireplace ready to go. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before winter.

Prevent chimney fires

When you burn wood in your fireplace, creosote is naturally produced during the combustion process and builds up in deposits on the inner walls of the chimney. The residue of smoke, vapors, gases, and other byproducts of combustion, creosote varies in color and texture. Whether it is black or brown, sticky and gummy, dry and flaky, or hard and shiny, creosote is very flammable. It is so hazardous that the CSIA has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. If you have not had your chimney professionally swept since last winter, you could have a large amount of creosote accumulation inside your chimney. To get rid of this fire hazard, All Seasons Chimney can remove every bit of creosote from the interior chimney walls. We take great care in ensuring that your risk of a possibly devastating chimney fire is greatly reduced.

Avoid water deterioration

When All Seasons Chimney inspects your chimney, we look for any damaged and/or missing bricks and mortar joints on the exterior of your chimney structure. If the masonry materials are cracked and broken, water can penetrate into your home through the chimney. You can end up with stained ceilings and walls, rusted metal chimney components, and rotting wood. Even worse, the structure of your chimney could collapse as cold winter weather can cause even more deterioration of the bricks and mortar. Our CSIA-certified chimney experts will give you honest written estimates of the repair work needed to protect your chimney from water damage and deterioration during the winter. During the inspection, we will also look for other problems such as flue blockages and chimney liner damage that increase your risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. You can trust us to be sure your fireplace and chimney will be working efficiently and safely all winter long.

Be sure your fireplace is ready for winter. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our chimney sweeping and inspection services today.

Don’t Wait Until the Fall to Schedule Your Chimney Appointment

Don't Wait Until Fall To Schedule Your Chimney Appointment Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.Even though your fireplace and chimney are probably the last things on your mind this summer, fall will be here before you know it.
Many national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend having your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected before you light the first fire of the year to be sure everything is working safely and efficiently. When you schedule your chimney maintenance service appointment in the summer, you will be ready to enjoy your fireplace on the first cool day of fall. If you wait until the fall to schedule this visit from All Seasons Chimney, you will probably have to wait a few weeks before you can get an appointment on a date that is most convenient for you. Our busiest season runs from September through December, which is why it can be difficult to quickly get an appointment. Having your chimney swept and inspected in the summer will ensure your fireplace is ready to use this fall. We would like to tell you a bit more about why it is so important to have these professional chimney maintenance services performed before lighting that first fire of the year.

When All Seasons Chimney sweeps your chimney, we make sure to remove every bit of creosote that has accumulated on the inner walls of your chimney.

Named as a leading cause of chimney fires by the CSIA, creosote is a natural compound that develops during the combustion process of burning wood. Over the winter, creosote sticks to the walls of the inside of your chimney and builds up into deposits. If the internal temperature of your flue gets hot enough, these creosote deposits can ignite to start a chimney fire. This is why it is so important to have your chimney professionally swept at least once a year. Removing all of the deposits of creosote greatly reduces your risk of experiencing a possibly devastating chimney fire.

The CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney will inspect your chimney to look for damage and other potential problems.

To reduce your risk of a carbon monoxide leak into your home, we will check to be sure there is nothing blocking your flue. If loose bricks, leaves, sticks, and other debris have created flue blockages, the toxic gases of combustion can be forced back into your home. We will also look at the exterior condition of your chimney to see if there are any damaged or missing bricks and mortar joints, along with any other signs of deterioration. If we find any problems, we will provide you with pictures of the damage as well as a written evaluation about your chimney’s condition.

Beat the fall rush and schedule your annual chimney sweeping today. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to make an appointment to have your fireplace ready to use this fall.