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The Freeze-Thaw Cycle and Your Chimney

California is known for its hot, sunny days and sandy beaches. For those of us who live in this much-idealized state, however, we know that hot, sunny summer days give way to cold, wet, rainy winters. Here in Sacramento, it’s not unheard of to see freezing overnight temperatures December through February. If you have a masonry chimney, that means you need to be on the lookout for damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle.

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As the name suggests, the freeze-thaw cycle has to do with constantly changing temperatures. Wet, rainy weather, or even thawing ice, can flood porous surfaces like roadways, parking lots, sidewalks and your chimney with water. The water that makes its way into the cracks and crevices of masonry material freezes when temperatures drop. As the water turns to ice, it expands, leading to cracks or holes in the masonry material. This is the process that’s credited with creating potholes in snowy, northern climates.

How can the freeze-thaw cycle affect your chimney?

If you have a masonry chimney, Sacramento’s wet winter days and freezing winter nights can lead to big problems. As water trapped within the brick, stone or mortar of your chimney freezes and expands, it can cause the mortar and brick to crumble away, or even cause the faces of individual bricks to pop off. Not only does this gradual crumbling away of your chimney cause it to look unsightly, it can prove a hazard! A chimney affected regularly by the freeze-thaw cycle can develop a leak that gives water access to the interior of the chimney and fireplace, or to the interior of your home. This will cause major water damage and rot. A continued breakdown of the chimney’s masonry due to the freeze-thaw cycle also can lead to a weakening of the overall chimney structure, eventually rendering it completely unsafe.

How can you protect your chimney from the freeze-thaw cycle?

There are steps you can take to make sure that your chimney doesn’t fall victim to the freeze-thaw cycle! A waterproofing treatment can prevent water from entering the chimney’s masonry while preserving the chimney’s ability to exhale smoke and fireplace gases. You also want to remain on the lookout for signs of freeze-thaw damage in your masonry chimney. If you notice crackled bricks or crumbling mortar, call in the professionals so that repairs can be made before minor damage develops into a major problem.

If you have noticed signs of freeze-thaw damage in your chimney, or if you would like to protect your chimney from water damage with a waterproofing treatment, call A to Z Chimney Services today! We can waterproof your chimney to keep it safe from water absorption and the freeze-thaw cycle. Additionally, we can repair any damage your chimney has already suffered. Call to schedule your appointment with A to Z Chimney Services today!

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New Year’s Spring Cleaning Resolution: Dryer Vent Cleaning

Many homeowners ramp up their home maintenance routine after the new year. Spurred by resolutions for a cleaner home, driven inside by winter weather and gearing up for full-blown spring cleaning, countless homeowners are tackling big jobs this time of year. For homeowners tackling home maintenance tasks that are often neglected, the new year is a perfect time for a dryer vent cleaning.

Why You Need to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

Many homeowners don’t realize that they’re clothing dryer vents need to be cleaned and inspected just like their chimneys! That’s because every time you dry a load of clothes, damp lint bypasses the lint screen and enters the vent. That damp, sticky lint sticks to the walls of the vent and then to more lint. Over time, all of that sticky lint can form dangerous clogs in the dryer vent. When your dryer vents are clogged, the heat and exhaust can’t exit the dryer. This causes the dryer to overheat, which is a major fire hazard.

Because of the fire danger posed by clogged dryer vents, home maintenance professionals recommend having your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once per year. If you dry a lot of clothing and linens, you might need to have your dryer vents cleaned more frequently! During your professional dryer vent cleaning, your dryer vents will not only be cleared from dangerous lint, but they also will be inspected to ensure that they are unobstructed from outside plants or debris, that they are the proper size and recommended material and that they are damage free.

How to Tell if Your Dryer Vents Need to be Cleaned

If you’re not sure if your dryer vent needs cleaned, look for the signs! Clogged dryer vents inhibit the proper function of your dryer. That’s why you might notice these signs if your dryer vents are overdue for a cleaning:

• Loads of clothing take longer to dry than usual,

• A burning smell when the dryer is running,

• The dryer or laundry room feeling hot when the dryer is running, and

• An overly strong small of fabric softer or must when the dryer is running.

Who to Call for Dryer Vent Cleaning

If you’re ready to start your year off with a properly cleaned home and clean clothing dryer vents,  call A to Z Chimney Services and Dryer Vent Cleaning to schedule an appointment today! Not only will you lower your home’s fire risk and make your home cleaner, but you’ll enjoy shorter laundry drying time and lower home energy bills, and you’ll extend the life of your dryer.

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Start Thinking About Chimney Repairs

Your fireplace might still be in peek use, but now is the time to start thinking about chimney repairs! While it might be months until the warmer, sunnier weather allows for repairs, planning now allows you to be ahead of the curve. You’ll know the scope of your repairs and how much they’re likely to cost, and you’ll be first in line on your chimney sweep’s schedule so you won’t be left waiting for repairs, and you’ll be able to schedule repairs at your convenience.Start Thinking About Chimney Repairs Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney

The first step in planning your chimney repairs is determining if you require repairs and what repairs are needed. Like any appliance or home structure, chimneys and fireplaces breakdown over time and need to be repaired or replaced. Ignoring chimney and fireplace problems can lead to a dramatic and expensive deterioration of the chimney structure. It can put your home at risk for a chimney fire, smoke damage or water damage. Some common signs of damage you should be on the lookout for include:

How to tell if your chimney needs to be repaired.

  • Cracks or holes in the chimney.
    Masonry chimney structures are prone to cracking or crumbling over time, due primarily to water absorption. Cracks or crumbles in the chimney can allow water to seep into the chimney or into your home, and it can weaken your entire chimney structure.
  • Discoloration on the chimney.
    Discoloration of the chimney structure, whether it’s white, black, blue or green, can be an indication that water is entering the chimney masonry and causing damage.
  • Moisture or debris in the firebox.
    When determining if your chimney needs repairs, don’t forget to check your firebox! Moisture at the base of your firebox is a sure sign that water is getting into your chimney. Chunks of debris or flue tile can indicate that your chimney liner is deteriorating.
  • Rusted or stuck damper.
    Most dampers are metal-on-metal construction, and they are one of the first chimney elements to break down from age. They can warp and fail to seal or even become stuck due to exposure to moisture or exposure to the extreme heat from your fireplace.
  • Smoke or odors entering your home.
    Your chimney could have underlying damage or improper construction if you’re getting smoke back in your home when you light a fire, or if your chimney is letting a foul odor into your home.

What to do if your chimney needs to be repaired.

If your chimney is showing one of the above signs of damage, or if your chimney sweep told you that it needs to be repaired during your annual inspection, act now! Prepare for your chimney repairs by calling A to Z Chimney Service to schedule an appointment today. One of our certified chimney technicians can assess the scope of your chimney damage. They will also give you a quote for repairs and even get repairs scheduled as soon as possible.

Common Issues Found During a Chimney Sweep

While the primary goal of your annual chimney sweeping may be to clear your chimney of soot, obstructions and flammable creosote, your chimney sweeping serves one more important function: checking your chimney for damage or defects that could pose a hazard. There are some common issues chimney sweeps find during chimney inspections.

Missing or Damaged Chimney Cap

A chimney cap plays a vital role in keeping water from pouring down your chimney, sudden burst of air from blowing down the chimney and animals from finding their way into the flue. Some chimneys were never capped, while for other chimneys, the caps were blown off, damaged by trees or debris or rusted or cracked. Missing or damaged chimney caps are a common finding during chimney inspections, and a missing or damaged cap should be immediately replaced to prevent water damage or downdrafts in your chimney.  Common Chimney Issues - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney Services

Cracked or Crumbling Chimney Crown

Like your chimney cap, your chimney crown sits above your roof, subjected to gusts of wind and precipitation. On top of that, many chimney crowns were improperly constructed from the wrong materials. For these reasons, cracked or crumbling chimney crowns are a common issue turned up during chimney inspections. A failing chimney crown can give water access to the interior of your chimney, subjecting the chimney structure and the surrounding home structure to water damage.

Spalling Masonry

Because of the elements, the masonry exterior of your chimney is susceptible to spalling. That is, water enters the porous masonry materials and causes the masonry to degrade. That damage can manifest as spalling, the cracking and crumbling away of brick facing and mortar. If not addressed, spalling can allow water to gain entry to the interior of your chimney, and it can jeopardize the structural integrity of your chimney.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing seals the base of your chimney where it meets your rooftop. Either due to improper construction or age, flashing can begin to allow water to leak into your home around your chimney. Failing flashing can allow water damage in your roof structure and in the walls and ceiling around your chimney. A chimney inspection can identify failing flashing early, so you can have it repaired before it can cause major water damage in your home.

Fire Damage

Most chimney fires go unnoticed. They smolder, contained by the chimney liner. While your home might escape the initial fire unscathed, the now-damaged chimney puts your home at risk. The damaged chimney could fail to contain future fires, or it could give embers or smoke access to your home’s structure. A chimney inspection can spot that chimney fire damage before it puts your home at risk.

Your chimney inspection is crucial for spotting chimney damage before they become significant problems that endanger your home. Many common chimney problems can be easily remedied to prevent major problems down the road. To keep your chimney safe from common chimney problems, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your sweeping and inspection today!

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Sacramento’s Choice for Chimney Services

When you need chimney or fireplace services in the greater Sacramento area, there’s no better place to call than A to Z Chimney Services. We’re Sacramento’s No. 1 choice in chimney services!

Our History

A to Z Chimney Services has been cleaning, inspecting and repairing chimneys and heating appliances in the Sacramento area for more than 20 years.  The company was started by A to Z namesake Aaron Zambrana when he began sweeping and repairing chimneys to support himself through college. Since that time, Zambrana has taken his garage-based business and grown it into one of Sacramento’s largest and most reputable companies.

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One of the best reasons to trust A to Z Chimney Services with your fireplace and chimney system is because of our certifications. We believe strongly in industry trainings so that we can provide our customers with the safest and best chimney services. In fact, A to Z employs more sweeps certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America than any other area chimney services company. A to Z Chimney Services goes far beyond that. We ensure that ALL of our chimney sweeps our certified where other companies generally only seek certification for the owner or a few select chimney sweeps. That means you can trust that whichever A to Z sweep is sent to service your chimney is fully trained to handle the job the right way.

On top of our CSIA certification, A to Z also holds certifications from the National Fireplace Institute and holds a contractor’s specialty license for chimney sweeping.

Our Services

A to Z Chimney Services can handle all of your chimney and home-heating appliance needs! Some of the many services we offer include:

  • Chimney and fireplace sweeping and inspections. All vented appliances should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. This helps lower the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide buildup and to spot problems like leaks and structural decline. A to Z offers regular annual chimney sweepings and inspections, as well as more involved inspections for real estate transfers or damaged or dilapidated chimneys.
  • Installation and construction. Looking to create the perfect hearth for your home? A to Z can help! We install fireplace inserts, heating stoves, chimneys, gas logs and more! Whether you’re looking to rehab an existing hearth with insert, have a prefabricated fireplace installed or have a traditional masonry fireplace and chimney constructed from scratch, A to Z Chimney Services can handle the job.
  • Chimney repairs. A to Z Chimney Services can rehab your failing chimney. From replacing a chimney cap to repairing leaks or completely reconstructing a failing chimney, A to Z can restore your chimney’s look and function.
  • Dryer vent cleaning. Just like your chimney, your clothing dryer vents require annual cleaning and inspection to keep your dryer operating safely and efficiently. Our chimney sweeps are trained and certified to handle the job!

Call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today!

If you’re looking for the best chimney and fireplace services in the Sacramento area, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today! You’ll find highly trained sweeps and a complete lineup of hearth and chimney services.

Why Does Creosote Build Up?

It’s a known fact that burning wood in the fireplace results in a buildup of creosote in the chimney. But why is that? Do some chimneys accumulate creosote faster than others? And is there anything that can be done to reduce the buildup of dangerous creosote in your chimney?

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Creosote is a byproduct of incomplete wood combustion. When wood burns, creosote forms and is carried upward by smoke. As the smoke cools within the chimney, creosote-laden condensation forms on the walls of the chimney, where it hardens and can pose a fire hazard. Note, however, that creosote is a result of INCOMPLETE wood combustion. Creosote itself will actually burn up if the fire is burning hotly and efficiently.

Why do some chimneys accumulate creosote faster?

Because creosote does burn up in a hot, efficient fireplace, some chimneys do, in fact, accumulate creosote faster than others. Wood begins to break down chemically at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature of the fire reaches 1,100 degrees, the gases and creosote the result from wood combustion also burst into flame. EPA-rated fireplace inserts, air-tight fireplaces, and woodstoves often generate temperatures in excess of the 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning those types of appliances will send much less creosote up the chimney than open-hearth fireplaces or older, less efficient fireplace inserts or wood-burning stoves.

In any fireplace, however, the smoke cools as it travels up the chimney. Any smoke that cools below that 1,100 degrees before the creosote burns will leave condensation on the chimney walls. Because the smoke reaches those cooler temperatures before exiting the chimney, some chimney types will accumulate more creosote because of their bends and crooks. Those types include:

  • metal chimneys,
  • chimneys that are located on exterior walls,
  • chimneys that don’t draft efficiently,
  • chimneys that are too large for the fireplace and chimney

What you can do to lessen creosote buildup in your chimney:

Once you know the science behind creosote formation, and that cooler fire temperatures lead to more rapid creosote formation, there are steps you can take to slow the buildup of creosote in your chimney. There are two factors to take into consideration when aiming to reduce creosote formation: You need to make sure that your fires are burning hot and that smoke is exiting your chimney quickly and efficiently. Some things you can do to slow creosote buildup include:

  • Burning dry firewood that has been properly seasoned,
  • Keeping the damper fully opened every time you burn a fire,
  • Maintaining a hot, vigorously burning fire,
  • Monitoring the temperature of your fireplace or chimney to ensure its burning hot enough to ensure creosote combustion,
  • Making sure your chimney flue is properly sized for your fireplace, and
  • Replacing inefficient open-hearth or outdated fireplace inserts with newer efficient EPA-certified models.

Of course, stemming the dangers of creosote buildup in your chimney begins with annual chimney sweepings and inspections. If you’re due to have your chimney swept and inspected, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today!

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Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning

What’s one simple home maintenance task that brings a host of benefits? Professional dryer vent cleaning! Many homeowners fail to have their dryer vents cleaned and inspected by a certified professional at least once per year, as recommended by fire prevention specialists, but this inexpensive service can have a big impact on your home!

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The primary benefit of having your dryer vents cleaned and inspected annually is a reduced risk of a home fire. Dryer vents are responsible for an estimated 28 percent of all home fires. That’s because lint from your clothing builds up in your dryer vents, eventually restricting the air flow to and from the dryer. That causes the dryer’s heating element to overwork and overheat, which eventually results in a fire. Having your dryer vents cleaned can dramatically reduce your risk of a dryer-related home fire.

Spend less time doing laundry.

Do the clothes in your dryer seem to take forever to dry? Do you find yourself restarting your dryer over and over to get your clothes or linens completely dry? It’s very likely that clogged dryer vents are to blame. Any load of clothes should be completely dry in 30 to 45 minutes. If it takes longer than that, you’re dryer’s trying to tell you something. Cleaning your dryer can restore the efficiency of your dryer and reduce your dry time. That means you can get your laundry done faster.

Save money on your home energy bill.

Your clogged dryer vents could be costing you money on your home energy bills every month. Those additional cycles needed to fully dry your laundry, and the overworking of your dryer, requires energy. Having your dryer vents cleaned can significantly lower your home energy bills. Experts estimate that clogged dryer vents can cause as much as $18 to $24 in energy costs each month.

Preserve your clothing.

Running your clothing through multiple dryer cycles can cause it to look worn or faded prematurely. Clogged dryer vents also can negatively impact your clothes due to overheating; clothes in the dryer become hotter than they’re intended to, which can damage clothing fibers. Making sure your dryer is running properly can help your clothes to last longer.

Extend the life of your dryer.

As we’ve said, clogged dryer vents cause your dryer to work overtime. You have to run extra dryer cycles to get clothes completely dry, the dryer can’t get the air it needs to function efficiently and the heating element can overheat. All of these factors can shorten the life of your dryer. Having your dryer vents cleaned regularly can help extend your dryer’s lifespan.

Reduce carbon monoxide risks.

If you have a gas dryer, your dryer puts off carbon monoxide each time it’s on. When you’re dryer vents are cleaned and in good repair, the carbon monoxide safely exits your home. When vents are clogged, however, the carbon monoxide created by the dryer backs up into your home and can build to dangerous levels. Keep your dryer vents cleaned can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in your home.

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of dryer vent cleaning in your home, call A to Z to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!

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Creative Ways to Use Fireplace Ash

If you have a wood- or pellet-burning appliance in your home, the cleanup and disposal of wood ash is a fact of life. Sure, you could continue to bag up your ashes and throw them out with your regular garbage, but if you’re if looking for more environmentally friendly ways to use up your wood ashes — or if you enjoy DIY fixes around your home and garden — there are plenty of creative ways to put your fireplace ashes to good use.

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If you keep a garden, whether a casual flower bed, green lawn or elaborate vegetable patch, ashes can be a valuable resource. They can keep away pests, add provide plants with valuable nutrients and condition your soil. Here are some ways to use ash in your garden:

  • Keep away pests. The texture and weight of wood ashes keep plenty of pests at bay. Sprinkle around plants to keep away snails and slugs, or sprinkle it on top of an ant hill to force ants to relocate.
  • Neutralize your soil. If your soil is overly acidic, or if you have alkaline-loving plants, ash can help to raise your soil’s pH. Using ash to neutralize soil has a benefit over other methods of doing so; it acts immediately to affect the pH levels of your soil.
  • Add calcium to your soil. Calcium-loving plants such as tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage will benefit when calcium-rich ashes are added to their soil.
  • Compost it. Ashes make a wonderful, nutrient-rich addition to your compost pile. Just beware of adding too many ashes to the compost pile, as that might make your compost overly alkaline.

Creative Ash Uses Around Your Home

Ash also can come in handy around the house, helping with your regular cleaning or home-maintenance projects. Here are some valuable home uses for your fireplace ashes:

  • Deodorize stinky places. Like baking soda, ash can help get rid of foul odors around your home. Keep an open container of ashes in your refrigerator or a musty closet can help get rid of smells. Just periodically turn over the ashes, and dispose when they no longer seem to be doing their job.
  • Clean up spills on the pavement. Throwing ashes on paint or oil that’s been spilled on pavement can help absorb the liquid and mask the stain.
  • Scrub fireplace doors. The soot that sticks to glass fireplace doors can be a challenge to get rid of. The abrasive nature of ashes makes it perfect for scrubbing away soot! Just add enough water to make a paste and scrub away!
  • Polish silver. A paste of ash and water makes for a gentle, natural silver polish that’s free of harsh, stinky chemicals. Apply the paste to silver, let it sit for a minute, then buff it away.

Make Ash Useful

There’s no need to let ashes become a wasteful fireplace byproduct; ashes can make a useful tool around the home and garden. Just make sure you’re exercising caution when dealing with ashes. Remove them from the fireplace no less than 24 hours after a fire has stopped burning, and store them in a closed metal bucket until you’re ready to put them to use!

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National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14

Fall means cozy fires in the fireplace, but it also means an uptick in home fires. As hearth professionals, we at A to Z Chimney Services take it upon ourselves to educate our customers on fire safety. That’s why we’re taking the time to recognize National Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 8 through 14 and aims to educate Americans on how to reduce the risk of home fires and on what to do in the event of a fire.

Fire Prevention Tips

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14 - Sacramento, CA - A to Z Chimney ServicesThere are quite a few things you can do in your home to lower your risk of a fire. They include:

• Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected at least once per year. A chimney sweeping ensures that your fireplace is free from flammable creosote or other debris, and in good repair.
• Creating a 3-foot safe zone around your fireplace and other heating appliances. Keep that zone clear of papers, décor and furnishings that could catch fire.
• Using a fireplace screen or fireplace doors. Keep embers and shifting logs from popping out of your fireplace by using a fireplace screen or ceramic fireplace doors.
• Monitoring fire hazards. Never allow candles, fireplaces, portable heaters or stoves to burn unattended.
• Cleaning your clothing dryer vents. Clothing dryer vents are another hidden fire hazard in your home. The lint that builds up can cause your dryer to overheat and ignite. Have your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once per year to lower your risk.
• Educating children about fire safety. Curious children play with candles and matches or get too close to fireplaces. Make sure that you educate the children in your home about fire dangers, and keep all potential fire hazards well out of the reach of small children.

Fire Safety Tips

Even while exercising fire prevention, there still is the possibility that a fire will occur. Make sure you’re observing fire safety tips so you and your family are prepared in case a fire strikes:

• Equip your home with smoke detectors. You should have smoke detectors on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Make sure you check the batteries on your smoke detectors regularly to ensure they’re working.
• Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. You should have at least one fire extinguisher in your home. The fire extinguisher should be kept in an area that’s easily accessible.
• Have an emergency escape plan. You should have an emergency escape plan for your home that includes at least two exit strategies. Make sure that everyone in your home is aware of the escape plan and your meeting point in case of a fire.

Here are some additional fire safety tips by Alarms.org

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At A to Z Chimney Services & Dryer Vent Cleaning, we take our role in our client’s fire prevention strategies seriously. Call to schedule your appointment — or to ask about reducing your home’s risk of a fire with chimney or dryer vent cleaning services — today!

Why is a Chimney Inspection Important?

If you have a chimney, you probably understand the importance of regular chimney sweeping. Chimney sweeping keeps your chimney clear of dangerous, flammable creosote, so you can use your fireplace safely season after season. But in addition to your annual chimney sweeping, that National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney inspected every year, in addition to your regular sweeping. So why is a chimney inspection so important?

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A chimney inspection can spot dangerous deterioration or damage.

There are many portions of your chimney that can’t easily be seen. That includes the chimney crown, the chimney cap and the chimney flue. During a thorough inspection, your chimney sweep will inspect all of the components of your fireplace and chimney to ensure that there aren’t any cracks or deterioration that could pose a fire hazard or other danger. For heating stoves, inserts and gas fireplaces, a chimney inspection also includes an inspection of all seals, gaskets and working components of the fireplace to be sure that the unit is operating safely and efficiently.

Alleviate Blockages

A chimney inspection guarantees that your chimney is clear.

In addition to creosote, there are plenty of things that can make their way into your chimney and cause dangerous blockages. That includes natural debris, such as leaves and twigs, and animals who either wander accidentally into your chimney or who see your chimney as the perfect nesting place. A chimney inspection guarantees that there aren’t any dangerous blockages — which can ignite and pose a fire threat or force dangerous fireplace gases back into your home — within your chimney.

Structure and Safety

A chimney inspection guarantees that your chimney is properly constructed.

If you’ve never had the chimney in your home inspected, you need to schedule a chimney inspection now! Often, chimneys aren’t properly constructed. Components can be improperly sized for your fireplace or constructed from the wrong materials. Sometimes builders cut corners on chimney construction, or they don’t follow local clearances for chimneys and fire-burning appliances. When a chimney is improperly constructed it can, at worst, pose a fire hazard. At the very least, an improperly constructed chimney won’t work to efficiently remove smoke from your home, and it will break down prematurely, putting your fireplace and home at risk for water damage.

Save Money

A chimney inspection can save you money!

In addition to keeping your home and your family safe by ensuring that your chimney is well constructed, in good shape and free from obstructions, a chimney inspection can save you money in the long run! Most chimney damage gets worse with time, and chimney damage can expose your home’s structure to water, heat, undue pressure or other hazards that can harm the building itself. A chimney inspection allows you to spot and fix problems with your chimney early, saving you from major, costly repairs down the road.

If you are overdue for a chimney inspection, or if you’ve never had your chimney inspected, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your chimney inspection today! Our chimney technicians will make sure your fireplace and chimney are safe to use this fire-burning season.