Fall means one thing: Fireplace season is upon us! Fall officially begins Sept. 22, and that means that homeowners everywhere will begin calling their chimney sweeps to schedule their annual chimney sweepings and inspections. Call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today so you don’t miss out!
Why you need to schedule an annual chimney sweeping and inspection
Your annual chimney sweeping and inspection is crucial to keeping your home safe from the danger of a chimney fire or a malfunctioning fireplace. In wood-burning fireplaces, flammable creosote builds up each time you burn a fire; if that creosote isn’t swept away, it can ignite and cause a full-scale chimney fire. In any fireplace, obstructions in the chimney can catch fire, and any weaknesses in the firebox or chimney can allow the heat and embers from your fireplace to leech out of the chimney and potentially spark a home fire. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association recommends that all fireplaces and chimneys are swept and inspected at least once per year.
Why you should choose A to Z for your chimney services
If you’re searching for a new chimney sweep, look no further than A to Z Chimney Services! A to Z Chimney Services has all of the experience and certification you should look for in a chimney sweep. We are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fireplace Institute and the State of California. We are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild. We are also fully insured! On top of all of our certifications, education and memberships, A to Z Chimney Services has been around for 23 years and has earned a reputation as Sacramento’s best chimney service company.
Why you need to schedule your chimney service now
With Labor Day behind us and the first day of fall fast approaching, homeowners across Sacramento will be rushing to make their chimney sweeping appointments. Schedule now to beat the rush! Waiting too long to schedule your appointment can have you waiting weeks for an available service technician, and you might have to settle for an appointment time and date that aren’t convenient for your schedule. The sooner you book, the less time you will have to wait for an appointment, and the sooner you will be able to use your fireplace this fall.
Your annual chimney sweeping and inspection is crucial for the safe operation of your fireplace and chimney this fall and winter. In the Sacramento area, you won’t find another company with the certifications, training and experience of A to Z Chimney Services. Make sure you’re ahead of the fall rush; call A to Z to schedule your cleaning and inspection today!
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!
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.
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.
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.
There are three different levels of a chimney inspection – call A to Z Chimney Services for your own today!
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops, publishes and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. One code in particular, NFPA 211, is the industry standard upon which upon which certified chimney sweeps base their services. The code was written to provide for the reduction of fire hazards by ensuring the safe removal of flue gases, the proper installation of solid fuel-burning appliances, and the correct construction and installation of chimneys, fireplaces, and venting systems.
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS
The NFPA and Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) classify chimney inspections into the following categories: Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. Each level of inspection covers specific items depending on the individual appliance and how it is vented to the outside of your home. Let’s look at all three levels to get a better understanding of what’s completed during each:
Level 1 inspections
These are completed during your routine chimney cleaning. This is the recommended level when the conditions of use have not changed over the past year. It’s a more routine evaluation that, as such, should be carried out annually. Level 1 inspections are limited in scope to the portions of the chimney’s exterior and interior that are easily accessible as well as the portions of the fireplace and flue that are readily accessible. The technician will be looking to gauge the basic soundness of the flue and chimney structure as well as your basic fireplace installation and connections. The technician will also check to make sure the chimney is free of obstructions and combustible deposits.
Level 2 inspections
These are more detailed and thorough than their Level 1 counterparts and are recommended either when the conditions of use have changed during the past year or when a Level 1 inspection reveals an issue that warrants a more thorough inspection. A few notable issues that may call for a more in-depth inspection are homeowners opting to convert his or her traditional fireplace to a gas unit or when an event has occurred that possibly could have caused damage to the chimney (e.g., chimney fire, earthquake, or foundation settling). It’s also recommended upon the sale or transfer of the property. Level 2 inspections include everything Level 1 inspections include as well as the inspection of accessible areas of the attic, basement, and crawlspace and a video evaluation of the inside of your chimney.
Level 3 inspections
These are the most in-depth of all the inspection types and are conducted after either a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection reveals a major issue in parts of the chimney and/or flue that are not, by traditional standards, easily accessible. It’s important to note that the technician’s examination of concealed areas is limited to those areas that are reasonably suspected of containing hazards that can’t be evaluated otherwise. Level 3 inspections include all of the areas covered in Level 1 and Level 2 inspections as well as inspection of otherwise concealed areas to further investigate known or suspected problems. Because certain portions of Level 3 inspections require some sort of demolition to, within, or around your home, the technician will discuss these areas with you prior to the inspection beginning any work.
That’s a lot of information! However, it’s a lot of necessary information for any homeowner with a chimney and/or fireplace. Understanding the general scope of work required with each level of inspection is critical to being an informed homeowner and consumer. Knowing what you’re getting yourself into before getting into it will generally leave you feeling much better before, during, and after the situation than remaining blissfully ignorant ever could.
Regardless of how you plan to use your system, it’s important that you make annual chimney inspections a priority in your home. Contact the CSIA-certified professionals at A to Z Chimney Services today and we’ll help you determine what level of inspection you need.