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The stretch from Thanksgiving to the New Year has most people busy with shopping, cooking and cleaning. This is all in preparation for holiday celebrations and holiday guests. As you prepare your home for the holiday season, add a chimney sweeping to your holiday checklist!
Why have your chimney swept for the holidays?
A chimney sweeping should already be part of your annual home maintenance. Most homeowners will have their chimneys swept and inspected each fall, before they light the first fire of the season. If you’ve missed your fall chimney cleaning and inspection, a pre-holiday chimney sweeping and inspection comes with many benefits, including:
- A safer home for your family, pets and guests. When it comes to chimney sweepings and inspections, it really is about safety first. Your annual chimney sweeping and inspection ensures that your chimney is clear of dangerous, flammable creosote. Also, any blockages, deterioration, and defects. The would all put your home and family at an increased risk of a home fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s why the National Fire Prevention Association advises that chimneys be swept and inspected at least once per year.
- Fresher air in your home. A dirty chimney can fill your home with a variety of foul smells, including a burning smell, rotting smell, musty smell or decaying smell. When holiday guests are on their way, no one wants to be embarrassed by a smelly home. A chimney sweeping and inspection can clear away the source of bad odors and leave your home smelling cleaner.
- A more efficient fireplace. Your annual chimney sweeping and inspection includes a cleaning and inspection of your fireplace, too. Especially if you have a heating stove, insert or gas fireplace, that cleaning and maintenance helps your fireplace to operate more efficiently, providing you with more heat for less money.
- Monetary savings. In addition to the holidays, this time of the year can also bring harsh, wet weather. If your chimney has a leak or structural deterioration, your home and your chimney are susceptible to further damage that can cost you a lot of money down the road. During your annual sweeping and inspection, your chimney technician will point out any deficiencies and make recommendations for repairing your chimney to keep it safe from further damage.
- An opportunity for upgrades. If you have been thinking about upgrading your fireplace to increase its efficiency, its heating power or its efficiency, your chimney sweeping and inspection provides the perfect opportunity to talk your chimney sweep about the possibility of upgrades. You can even have your fireplace upgraded in time for the holidays so you and your guests can enjoy your warm, beautiful fireplace this holiday season.
Don’t wait, call now!
If you are ready to check an item off your holiday to-do list; realize the benefits of a chimney cleaning and inspection. Call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today!
Merry CHRISTmas everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday season so far and you are doing your best to remember the real reason for the season! I’m happy to report to you that as we’ve been sweeping chimneys and servicing gas fireplaces this December, we’ve been noticing some odd artifacts in some of your chimneys! No, I don’t mean the normal stuff such as bats, birds and squirrels…. Something much more magical!
It seems that the jolly fat guy must have had a really tough time squeezing down many chimneys last Christmas because our chimney sweeping technicians been finding small bits and pieces of Santa’s red velvet suit in an awful lot of chimney flues lately… especially if you have small children in the home who were visited by Santa last year (wink wink)!
If you’ve been looking forward to a relaxing fire or two this December, but it’s been a while since you had the soot swept out, now is the time to get your family one of the most thoughtful and creative gifts you could give them…. The gift of chimney safety. Besides…. The last thing you want to do is make Santa squeeze down a dirty chimney and risk getting soot on his suit! That’s a surefire way to earn a lump of coal in your stocking!
And if you book your next cleaning before December 25th, you’ll earn yourself an extra 10% off your sweeping bill…. And Mrs. Claus will thank you for it. Call our special holiday hotline and book your appointment for your next chimney sweeping before that special gathering you were planning.
Our elves are standing by waiting for you call!
They can be reached at 916-408-2496.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer, or currently scheduled jobs. This offer must be mentioned at the time of booking your appointment.
Beware of the hidden monster hiding in your chimney and dryer vents!
October is the month of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. We celebrate this festive fall season by dressing our little monsters up as… little monsters! Then we trek from home to home collecting candy from homeowners who want to avoid having their jack-o-lantern smashed all over the sidewalk by some of the slightly older aforementioned “monsters”.
But monsters who smash pumpkins aren’t the only monsters you should be concerned about in October!
You need to take necessary precautions to avoid the chimney monsters lurking in the night waiting to possess your chimney….
If you are unfortunate enough to cross paths with one of these fire breathing monsters, you’ll know it! A low, rumbling growl coming from your fireplace or wood stove is usually the first indication of this monster’s presence.
Soon, a loud, howling wind is rushing up into your flue and fire can often be seen shooting out the top of the chimney! In the worst case scenario, the fire breathing chimney monster has been known to consume the entire home, leaving only a pile of burn ash and rubble in its terrible wake!
Forget about reciting prayers, hanging a dead chicken or drawing a circle of chalk around your chimney…. Traditional methods of warding off monsters are completely ineffectual when it comes to dealing with these chimney possessing beasts! The only way to protect your chimney from demonic possession is to have your chimney professionally cleaned and safety inspected!
Having the flammable creosote deposits removed from your chimney this October is the surest way to ward off evil fire breathing chimney demons!
To help keep you safe this Halloween, A to Z is offering a 10% discount* on your next chimney sweeping, dryer vent cleaning, or gas fireplace service scheduled on or before October 31, 2015.
So give us a call today and schedule your next chimney sweeping, gas fireplace service, or dryer cleaning. We can be reached at (916) 850-2446. We may not be able to keep your jack-o’-lanterns from getting smashed, but we sure can prevent a chimney monster infestation!
*Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer, or currently scheduled jobs. This offer must be mentioned at the time of booking your appointment.
October 4th through 10th is National Fire Prevention Week.
If you’re a Catholic saint, you’ve got more holidays and celebrations than you can shake a stick at, but what about the poor lowly chimney sweep? On what day do we honor and celebrate this venerable, humble tradesman who has probably prevented more fires than firefighters have ever extinguished?
Well, Chimney Sweeps don’t have their own official “holi”day….. Instead, we have our own special WEEK!
October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week! This is the week we celebrate the brave individuals who work hard at preventing fires from happening, as well as the firefighting professionals who risk life and limb to extinguish them when one breaks out.
This is the week each year that you should take steps to reduce the chances of a fire in your home. Here are a few things you can do:
• Get the Chimney Swept and inspected.
• Get your Clothes Dryer Vent cleaned out.
• Have your Gas Fireplace cleaned and inspected.
• Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Check that your ABC fire extinguishers are fully charged and placed strategically.
• Have your furnace system cleaned and inspected.
• Check the oven exhaust hood to ensure it’s grease free.
To celebrate fire prevention week, A to Z Chimney Services is offering a 10% discount on your next chimney sweeping, dryer vent cleaning, or gas fireplace service scheduled on or before October 31, 2015.
So give us a call today and schedule your next chimney sweeping, gas fireplace service, or dryer cleaning. We can be reached at (916) 850-2446.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer, or currently scheduled jobs. This offer must be mentioned at the time of booking your appointment.
As fall days approach, homeowners will turn their minds to the crackling warmth of their fireplaces. With that, homeowners will be looking to have their annual chimney cleaning and inspection. Beat the fall rush by scheduling your chimney for its annual cleaning with A to Z Chimney Services now.
All chimneys should be cleaned and inspected once a year, according to the Chimney Safety Association of America (CSIA). With more CSIA-certified sweeps than any other company in the greater Sacramento Area, A to Z Chimney Services can ensure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and ready to help heat your home.
The experts from A to Z will remove any buildup of dangerous creosote, soot or glaze deposits from your wood-burning or gas fireplace. All cleanings are followed with a scan from A to Z’s ChimScan camera, which is inserted up your chimney to give the sweep a clear view of any obstructions or structural problems. If any problems are found, the technician will be able to show you on the camera’s monitor.
Making sure your chimney is clear each year is essential, both for the safety and the maintenance of your home. A buildup of creosote, soot or glaze, all of which are highly combustible, can lead to chimney fires. In fact, the majority of chimney fires are caused by an excess of creosote that could have been removed by routine cleaning, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Even a minor chimney fire can lead to costly repairs.
Masonry chimneys can crack and be displaced, causing overall structural damage to the chimney and giving flames an opportunity to reach the wooden framework of the home.
Though prefabricated chimneys are designed to stand up to high temperatures, the extreme conditions of a fire can damage them, and they should be replaced after a fire to ensure that they remain safe and effective.
In addition to raising the risk of a fire, a dirty chimney also can prevent gases, particularly carbon monoxide, from escaping the fireplace. That can force those gases back into the home. The acidic nature of chimney deposits also can cause damage to the inside of the chimney if the chimney is not swept routinely.
Even if a fireplace has not been used within the last year, animals can nest inside, causing blockages or damage. Your annual cleaning and inspection will ensure that the chimney is clear of any animals, buildup or debris, and that the fireplace is venting properly to the outside.
While gas fire places do burn more cleanly than wood-burning fire places, they still lead to buildup in chimneys that need to be cleaned. The chimney experts from A to Z Chimney Services have the tools and experience to maintain all kinds of fire places and chimneys, including masonry chimneys, prefabricated chimneys, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, and gas fireplaces.
By scheduling your cleaning now, you can be confident that your chimney will be cleaned and safe for the first fire of the season.
Make a chimney sweep and inspection a part of your spring cleaning!
As days grew shorter and the weather got colder, many of us retreated indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you experienced any chimney system issues during the peak usage season that give you pause, call in a chimney professional to diagnose the problem before it gets big, expensive, and potentially dangerous. For those homeowners who made used their fireplace(s) during the colder months, spring is a great time to schedule a chimney inspection and sweeping to make sure your entire chimney system is in good working order.
Your chimney system is comprised of numerous parts, all of which are inspected by a chimney professional during your yearly chimney inspection and sweeping. To prevent major chimney system repairs, it is of paramount importance to make minor repairs as soon as problems arise. Some parts are in the line of fire more than others and are adversely affected by the heat, while other parts are exposed to the elements, thereby causing them to wear out faster. Either way, these parts need to be replaced at one point or another.
IT’S TIME TO SPRING FORWARD
What exactly do people stand to gain from postponing something as straightforward and necessary as chimney system maintenance anyway? We may have all gone a little stir crazy being stuck inside during the cooler months of the year and are just aching to get out and have a little fun outside. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the onset of spring and the improving weather conditions. The freedom of doing what we want to do when we want to do it is phenomenal. However, we must also evaluate the long-term ramifications of our decisions as well.
A huge plus to having chimney maintenance carried out sooner rather than later is the ability to choose the day and time that fits best into our schedules. The longer you put it off, however, the more limited your choices become; before long, you’re left with a take-it-or-leave-it appointment time (or at least that’s how it feels to some customers who are yearning to use their fireplace at night but can’t). For many, the thought of not having any control over something as simple as an appointment time can be stressful. Our lives are stressful enough—why add more to it?
A chimney technician’s job is far more labor intensive than many people realize, as chimney systems are comprised of many parts that depend upon one another to function at peak levels. A problem with one part of the system can cause another part of the system to have to work harder to pick up the slack, thereby causing that overworked component to wear out at a faster rate. This can become a vicious cycle rather quickly if the initial problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner. The central theme here is clear: repairing minor problems in a timely manner will decrease the likelihood of them becoming major problems down the road. We encourage you to avoid postponing your chimney system maintenance. Be proactive!
An annual inspection of your chimney by a qualified chimney professional should include a thorough examination of the external structure to look for signs of deterioration or weakness, as well as a visual inspection of the flue inside your chimney to ensure that it’s in proper working order, too. The chimney professionals at A to Z Chimney Services are fully prepared to meet all of your chimney inspection and sweeping needs. Give us a call today!