If you own a fireplace, you know that there’s nothing more important to keep it in great working condition, keeping your family safe and your fireplace running efficiently, than having your chimney inspected and swept on an annual basis. And if you live in Kenilworth, Illinois or any of the surrounding areas, then you are extremely fortunate because you can call Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair and have the highest quality of care and service in the chimney sweep industry. At Jiminy Chimney, we have been in the business since 1985, and that almost 35 years worth of experience is exactly what gives us an edge when it comes to chimney cleaning, inspection, and service. We have specialized in all things chimney for a long time and our passion for this industry has only grown stronger as the years go by! Our chimney sweeps are CSIA certified and members of the NCSG, which means that we have access to the best training and resources in the industry as well. There’s nothing like working at something you love that makes you want to keep working harder and harder to perfect the craft, and that’s what we’re working towards at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair!
What We Do
You might be wondering what it is that makes us the best in the industry. We are experts in the inspection business, and know what types of repair work to look for. We’ll check out the exterior of your chimney to make sure that everything is structurally sound, and also make sure that there are no areas that might be leaking. We’ll check out your chimney crown to make sure that there are no areas that are cracked or chipped that might be letting precipitation in, and will also take a good look at the chimney cap. If your cap is bent or twisted or rusted through, precipitation will have a direct route down your chimney, and so will any animals that are looking to find a safe, warm spot to spend the winter. Another spot where precipitation can easily sneak in is the spot where the roof meets the chimney, so we’ll check the flashings which cover this area to make sure that the flashings are secure and not rusted through or torn loose. We know that a leaky chimney can cause damage to the interior of your home as well, so we’ll be on the lookout for signs of leaking on the interior of your home and chimney, like streaks down your chimney, sagging or brown spots in your ceiling or walls, or damp areas in your firebox.
We’ll make sure to check out the interior of your chimney very closely. The chimney liner is such an important part of the chimney structure. It protects the bricks and mortar of your chimney from the corrosive effects of the smoke and chemicals that make their way up the chimney each time you burn a fire. It also protects the things in your home, any items that could possibly combust because they get too hot sitting close to your fireplace, by adding an extra heat shield between the chimney and the fire. And as an added bonus, a correctly fitted chimney liner will make your fireplace work more efficiently, which will keep more money in your bank account!
Of course, one of the big things we’ll be looking at when we inspect and clean your chimney is how much creosote has built up. Creosote, a natural by-product of wood burning, is formed when the moisture that is left in any wood you burn, no matter how well seasoned, is released during combustion. This moisture, as well as chemicals that are released, rises up your chimney and when it hits the cold part of the interior of the chimney, up near the top, condenses to form a layer of creosote. This continues to build throughout the course of the winter. The problem is that creosote is highly flammable, which means that a spark or extreme heat can cause it to ignite and cause a chimney fire. Even if you have a gas-burning appliance, creosote can build up, which is why it’s so important to have your chimney cleaned annually.
Give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a Call
Now that the holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call and invite them to come in and give your chimney a good inspection and cleaning. You’ll feel so much better knowing that your family will be safe from the danger of a chimney fire and from gases leaking back into your home, and your home will smell better as well! Give yourself a Christmas gift of a clean, efficient kitchen and you’ll be giving yourself a gift that you can enjoy all year round!