The year has flown by so quickly and it’s time to start to think about the holiday season! Turkey, homemade stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole! Mashed potatoes and gravy, of course, and homemade rolls. Just thinking about it brings back sweet memories of family get-togethers, old jokes retold, precious moments remembered. After the cleanup is done and you’ve taken a long walk to work off that meal, nothing feels quite as nice as cozying up in front of a snapping, crackling fire, perhaps watching a holiday movie with your family. But before you start the meal planning and sending out the invitations, make sure that your fireplace is ready to go by calling Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair to schedule yourself a chimney inspection and cleaning.

Reasons for InspectionA Clean Chimney for the Holidays Image - Chicago IL - Jiminy Chimney

After a long winter of fire burning, your chimney has accumulated a lot of dirty soot. The thing is, it’s more than just soot – it’s creosote that’s building up on the inside of your chimney. When you burn wood, many different chemicals are released in the form of smoke: carbon monoxide, aldehydes, methane, acetic acid, formic acid – and that’s just to name a few. Clearly these aren’t things you want coming back into your house, and that’s what your chimney is for – transferring those chemicals up and out of your home. The problem is, when the water vapor in the smoke hits the cooler part at the top of your chimney, it, along with the chemicals, condense in the chimney and stick there, forming creosote. This material is extremely flammable, and if you don’t have it cleaned off, it could easily catch a spark, causing your day to end in a tragic chimney fire.

Another thing that could be a chimney fire waiting to happen is a blockage. Dry leaves, twigs, paper – all these things can blow into your chimney and cause an obstruction that could catch a spark and cause a fire. Another thing that could be causing a blockage is a bird’s nest. Your chimney is the perfect refuge for a bird looking for a place to raise a little family: it’s dark, it’s out of the wind, it’s warm, and it’s safe from predators. Trouble is, when the family moves out, the drying nest is left behind, waiting for a stray spark to light it on fire. You need a good inspection and cleaning to make sure no obstructions remain.

Call in the Best

When it comes to getting your chimney cleaned and ready for the holidays, you’ll want to call in a top-notch chimney sweep company: Jiminy Chimney. They’re a CSIA certified chimney sweep company, and they know all the latest techniques and have the proper tools to ensure that your chimney is clean and safe. Give them a call to schedule an appointment, and they’ll make sure that you have a safe holiday evening, enjoying one last piece of pumpkin pie in front of that crackling fire.