Autumn is just around the corner! School is back in session, Labor Day is past, and even though there will still be some hot days, the breezes are starting to feel cooler. There’s the feeling that winter and cold weather will soon be here. The idea of lighting a fire in your fireplace is starting to take hold, just to take the chill out of the night air. Before you light that fire, if you haven’t had your chimney cleaned and inspected yet, make sure to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call at 847-893-0063 to schedule an appointment to get this important job done! We’ve been in business for over 30 years, and our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, so you know we’re up to date on the latest procedures, products, and techniques.
Why Have Your Chimney Inspected?
There are several reasons to have your chimney inspected annually. For one, it could be that there is structural damage to your chimney that is allowing dangerous gases from your fire to filter back into your home rather than being directed out of your chimney. If that is the case, you’ll want to have us start on repair work as soon as possible so that you can use your chimney when cold weather hits. Another reason is so that we can determine if you’ve had a chimney fire over the course of the year. Although you may think that you’d know if this had been the case, the fact is that most homeowners aren’t even aware that a chimney fire has taken place. It takes oxygen to keep a fire burning strong, and most often there isn’t an adequate amount of oxygen in your chimney to allow this to happen. If this is the case, you may have damage which needs to be repaired. But the number one reason to have your chimney inspected and cleaned is to get rid of creosote buildup.
When you burn a fire, smoke is released in the form of water vapor and a number of nasty chemicals. That smoke rises and is directed out of your home through the chimney. This is exactly what should happen. The problem occurs when warm smoke hits the cooler area at the top of your chimney, it condenses and forms a layer of crude that is thick and either brown or black, shiny or dull, oily, and most importantly, extremely flammable. At even an eighth of an inch, this dangerous material can catch a stray spark and cause a damaging chimney fire. It can also mix with precipitation and cause a nasty odor to permeate your home.
Get Rid of It!
Everyone wants a safe home, and if you have a fireplace, safety equals getting rid of creosote. When you call Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair, we’ll make sure that your chimney is free from dangerous creosote buildup. Be worry free this winter by letting us clean your chimney this fall!