As soon as school has started back for the kids, you know it is only a matter of time before the weather gets cooler. With fall just around the corner, fireplace season is almost here! To be sure your fireplace and chimney are working both efficiently and safely, national fire safety groups like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend you have your system professionally swept and inspected annually. What better time than to have this maintenance service performed before lighting the first fire of the year? Since 1978, Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales has been cleaning and inspecting the fireplaces and chimneys of the Louisville, Kentucky area, including Southern Indiana. Our chimney sweeps are certified by the CSIA as well as the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). You can trust us to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy sitting by the fire this winter without having to worry about any problems after we have swept and inspected your fireplace and chimney. We would like to answer some frequently asked questions we have been asked by customers about these annual chimney maintenance services we provide.
Why do I need to have my fireplace and chimney professionally swept and inspected every year?
The main reason you should have these chimney maintenance tasks done annually concerns your safety. When the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps from Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales clean your chimney, they remove all of the accumulated deposits of creosote off of the interior walls. Naturally formed during the condensation process of burning wood, creosote is extremely hazardous as it is highly flammable. Creosote has been named as the leading cause of chimney fires. Before you begin using your fireplace this fall, you want to be sure your chimney is free of creosote, and you will be guaranteed this by our chimney sweeps.
After cleaning your chimney, our sweeps will do a basic Level 1 chimney inspection, as established by the NFPA. We will look at all of the accessible parts of the interior and exterior of your chimney and fireplace. We will check to see if there is any damage that requires necessary repairing in order for your chimney system to be safe to use. We will also ensure nothing is blocking your chimney to protect you from a possible chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak.
What can I expect from a chimney sweeping and inspection from Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales?
To begin these maintenance services, we will do our best to keep your home clean by laying down tarps in the area around the fireplace to protect it from dirt and soot. We will also turn on an industrial vacuum to collect the dust. Using rotating brushes and rods, we will scrub your chimney clean from the firebox to the very top. After your chimney is cleaned, we will inspect it for damage, blockages, and other issues. Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a written report of what we found.
Be prepared for the cooler temperatures of fall! Click here to contact us at Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales to schedule an appointment for a chimney sweep and inspection today.