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Get Ready for Your Chimney Appointment

Now that the warmer weather of spring has finally arrived in the Hudson Valley region, it is time to close out your fireplace. Although it may seem like a lot of work, all you really need to do is simply give the team at All Seasons Chimney a call. For over 25 years, we have been taking care of chimneys with excellent and professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services.

Our sweeps have all received certifications from industry leaders such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). You can rest easy knowing that your chimney is in good hands. While we are good at sweeping and inspecting your chimney, we do ask a few things from you before our arrival. We would like to tell you how to prepare for your chimney maintenance appointment. We also want to help you understand the importance of annual professional chimney maintenance.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

man sweeping chimneyIf you want your chimney maintenance service appointment with us to go as smoothly as possible, we do have a few requests. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps need for your fireplace appliance to be nice and cool so we can do our job safely. We ask you to not use your fireplace for at least 24 hours before we arrive for your appointment.

As we set up to sweep your chimney, we want to make sure we leave your home as clean as we find it. We do this by laying down tarps and drop cloths around the hearth area. We do ask you to remove any breakables and other valuables from this area to keep them safe. You should also move any furniture, rugs, and items that are within a six-foot radius of your fireplace. We also ask that you block off the work area from your pets so they can stay clean and safe while we work.

WHY ANNUAL CHIMNEY MAINTENANCE IS SO IMPORTANT

The reason why the CSIA and other national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year is to avoid dangerous hazards such as chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks. When All Seasons Chimney sweeps your chimney, we will ensure that every bit of creosote has been removed from the inner walls. Creosote is highly flammable, and the CSIA has named it a leading cause of chimney fires. Your safety is our top priority, and you can trust us to make sure your chimney is free of damage and problems.

Now is the best time to take care of your annual chimney maintenance. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps today!

The Importance of Seasoned Firewood

If you are wanting to maximize the energy efficiency of your wood-burning fireplace this winter, here are some tips to take into consideration. One of the most highly recommended tips is to use properly cured firewood in your fireplace. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), seasoned firewood gives a longer lasting, cleaner burning, and warmer fire.

As the professional chimney company in the lower Hudson Valley, All Seasons Chimney works hard to make sure our customers are able to enjoy the best fires possible. We would like to tell you more about the importance of seasoned firewood, and how it can improve the energy efficiency in your home during those cold months ahead.

What exactly is seasoned firewood?

a pile of wood Wood that has been dry for at least six months after it has been cut is known as seasoned firewood. About half of the content of freshly cut wood is water. When you burn fresh-cut wood, a great deal of energy is wasted because heat that is produced must be used to burn away the moisture before it can be used to warm your home.

Seasoned firewood can also help you avoid other potential dangers

One of the most dangerous hazards of burning wood is the accumulation of creosote. Creosote is a compound that develops naturally during the condensation process of combustion. According to the CSIA, creosote is one of the leading causes of chimney fires, as it is highly flammable.

When you burn not properly seasoned firewood, it can lead to a faster accumulation of creosote build up. The slow burn time is also responsible for the rapid deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. This is because the corrosive gases of combustion remain inside your chimney for a longer period of time.

Seasoned firewood is the best and smartest choice!

The best wood to use this winter is seasoned firewood, as you get to enjoy warmer, cleaner, and longer lasting fires. To learn more about how to burn the best fires in your fireplace this winter, contact us today at 845-567-1217. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs!