It’s only January, but already the list of projects you want to complete this summer is growing. Sometimes it seems like there just isn’t ever enough time to get everything done! But there’s one job that needs to be done every summer that is best left to the professionals, and that’s cleaning your chimney.
Not a Do-It-Yourself Job
It seems like every job is turning into a do-it-yourself job. There are instructional videos at your fingertips, and you may be tempted to tackle your chimney cleaning on your own, especially if you believe there’s only a light layer of creosote or soot build-up. But this is one job where it pays to hire people with the experience and knowledge to do the job right. According to the Family Handyman website, “You could try to remove creosote yourself, but for a thorough job, call a chimney sweep who’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.” Take notice: not only does this website recommend hiring a chimney sweep, but it recommends hiring a CSIA certified chimney sweep. The professionals at Copper Top Chimney Services are CSIA certified and trained to give you the best service possible.
Your chimney can have a mixture of creosote and soot, both caused when you burn a fire in your fireplace. Although soot in and of itself is not dangerous unless it gets thick enough to interfere with draft, creosote is another issue. When you burn a fire, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, by-products of combustion are released into your chimney. When these by-products move up into the cooler part of your chimney, the particles will condense onto the inner walls, and the result is creosote. Creosote is a highly flammable substance, and when too thick of a build-up is allowed to form, the risk becomes high for a chimney fire. It’s important to hire a CSIA certified sweep to ensure that the creosote is removed and this fire risk is reduced.
What Else Might A Chimney Sweep Do?
Before sweeping your chimney, your chimney technician will do a thorough inspection to make sure that your chimney system hasn’t sustained any damage over the year of usage. Unbeknownst to many chimney owners, precipitation can be a major culprit when it comes to damaging your chimney. The freeze-thaw cycle can cause large cracks to occur in your chimney system, and this structural damage can cause the necessity of major repair work. Another factor causing chimney damage is chimney fire. Many home owners don’t realize that a chimney fire isn’t necessarily a major event; sometimes a small chimney fire can occur without the homeowner even being aware. This is the type of damage that your chimney inspector will be able to recognize; once recognized, he will be able to recommend necessary repairs.
Call in the Experts
When it comes to having your annual chimney inspection completed, make sure you call a company that hires only CSIA certified sweeps. Copper Top Chimney Services is that company. This family owned business prides itself in taking every job seriously, and offers the best service in the business. Give them a call today and rest easy knowing that your chimney system is being cared for by the best.