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Don’t Forget Your Chimney This Summer — Have it Inspected Today!

When was the last time you thought about your chimney? With summer in full swing, the answer is probably not anytime recently. Taking the time to care for your chimney this summer pays dividends this fall. Here’s what you stand to gain by scheduling your chimney sweeping and inspection this summer.

Hassle-Free Scheduling

When summer turns to fall, most homeowners turn to their fireplace and chimney systems in anticipation of cooler days ahead. That leads to a fall rush for chimney sweeps, which can have you waiting weeks to have your chimney swept and inspected. When you schedule your chimney sweeping during the summer, you beat the fall rush. You won’t have to wait weeks for a chimney sweep. You will also have an easier time finding an appointment that fits best into your schedule.

Ample Time for Repairs and Improvements

Usually, chimney sweepings and inspections are quick, no-fuss affairs. However, sometimes inspections uncover problems. Or, sometimes homeowners take advantage of their chimney technician’s expertise to discuss the possibility of hearth improvements. Whether your chimney requires a necessary repair or you’d like to upgrade your fireplace or chimney, a summertime chimney sweeping and inspection provides you with all the time you need to have work done. By not waiting for fall, you have ample time to have a repair or an upgrade made to your fireplace or chimney.

Eliminate or Avoid Chimney Odors

Chimneys can be stinky places. The byproducts that accumulate in your chimney can cause unpleasant odors on their own. Sometimes, animals or debris find their way in and cause an entirely different array of smells to emanate from your chimney. Odors often intensify during the summer, when chimneys sit unused and warm temperatures embellish any trapped stenches. Having your chimney swept in the summer can remove the root causes of chimney odors. This will save you from the frustration and embarrassment of having chimney odors fill your home on hot summer days.

Protect Your Chimney

In addition to causing odors, buildup in your chimney can cause damage. If animals make home in your chimney, their nests and claws can damage your chimney liner. In addition, rotting debris can hold damaging moisture against your chimney flue. The byproducts of your fires alone are corrosive and can wear away at chimney liners if allowed to sit in place. Sweeping your chimney as soon as the fire-burning season ends removes any damaging buildup. This in turn extends the life of your chimney liner.

Caring for your chimney during the summer instead of waiting until the fall allows you to conveniently schedule your appointment, gives you time to make repairs or improvements, eliminates chimney odors, and protects your chimney liner. A to Z Chimney Services can clean and inspect your chimney this summer so your fireplace is ready for the fall. Don’t forget about your chimney this summer – schedule your sweeping with A to Z Chimney Services today!

Have your chimney swept now!

Chimney Sweep Schedule Now Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z ChimneyNovember ushers in the start of the holiday season. That means hectic schedules filled with shopping, family gathering and parties. It also means chillier nights spent gathered around the warm glow of your hearth. If you haven’t had your annual chimney sweeping and inspection yet, your busy holiday schedule could prevent you from enjoying your fireplace. Have your chimney swept now, before your schedule gets in the way, so your fireplace is ready for your holiday gatherings and chilly nights spent at home!

Don’t risk lighting a fire before your chimney has been cleaned and inspected.

Home fires caused by chimneys and fireplaces cause an average of 22,300 home fires each year, resulting in $97 million in damage and 20 deaths, according to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In most cases, chimney fires could have been prevented with a chimney sweeping and inspection.

The sweeping itself removes hazardous materials, such as creosote, animal nests or debris, that can ignite when the fireplace is in use. The inspection can locate weaknesses in the chimney structure or fireplace that could lead to a home fire. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys should be swept and inspected annual to lower the risk of a home fire. Ideally, you should have your chimney swept and inspected before you light your first fire of the season.

In addition to dramatically reducing your risk of a chimney or house fire, your annual chimney sweeping and inspection can help protect your family from dangerous carbon monoxide. Blockages within the chimney or malfunctions in your fireplace can cause carbon monoxide to build up within your home, putting your family and your pets at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Your chimney sweeping will make sure your chimney is free from obstructions, and during your inspection, your chimney sweep will check to make sure your fireplace or heating stove is functioning properly.

Schedule your chimney sweeping with A to Z Chimney Services today!

Get your chimney ready for the holiday season by scheduling your annual sweeping and inspection with A to Z Chimney Services. When you hire our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to service your chimney and fireplace, you can trust that you are getting well-trained professionals who will properly care for your chimney and your home.

Every one of our chimney sweepings ends with a ChimScan video chimney inspection, so you can be confident that your chimney is free from debris and free from any structural weaknesses that could put your home at risk. If there is a problem with your chimney, you will be able to see it clearly on the inspection video, and our sweeps will be able to help you find the right strategy for addressing any problems with your fireplace or chimney. And our no-mess guarantee means that you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after our sweeps.

Enjoy your fireplace without worry this holiday season. Call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your chimney sweeping and inspection today!

Get a jump on Spring Cleaning and schedule your Chimney Sweep today!

Make a chimney sweep and inspection a part of your spring cleaning!

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!

A Creative And Fun Way to Express Your Love This Valentine’s Day

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Call A to Z for a creative way to show your love this Valentine’s Day!

February 14 is Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t given it any thought yet, we ask you this: How are you going to express your love this Valentine’s Day?

While many jewelers have done a fantastic job telling us that diamonds are the best way to show our love, I invite you to consider breaking out of that rut and trying something a little more creative and thoughtful. No, not flowers and candy…something even better. The best way we show our love is to provide for and protect our spouse and children. Putting bread on the table and providing a stable, happy environment at home goes without saying, but how about considering a creative and unusual way to show your love: providing a way to be able to burn fires in your fireplace worry free.

Jewelry and candy may be the traditional approach to romance, but who can beat a nice quiet evening together with the one you love, basking in the warmth of a fire that you can burn worry free, knowing that it was recently swept and inspected by a professional chimney sweep? Nagging worries about the safety of your fireplace are the last thing that should be on your mind as you enjoy your fires!

If you or someone you love has a fireplace that hasn’t been swept or inspected for a while, show your love for them in a thoughtful and unusual way. The gift of a chimney inspection and sweeping will tell them “I love and care about you.” They’ll appreciate your efforts, and who knows…there might be an additional fire later that night when all is said and done!

Happy Valentine’s Day from AtoZ Chimney Sweeping!

Cupids in Black

The month of February is the time where we traditionally celebrate our love for our wives, husbands, and significant others.

Call upon a "Cupid in Black" to enjoy your fireplace this Valentine's Day

Call upon a “Cupid in Black” to enjoy your fireplace this Valentine’s Day

Traditions of fat, little winged, white-clad cupids flying around with arrows of love often come to mind when we give our very best Valentine saying, “Be Mine.” But have you ever heard of the cupids in black?

No?! Well let me tell you, they are AMAZINGLY crafty at giving romance a spark and setting hearts ablaze!
These cupids in black are often found high up in the air on the rooftops and chimneys, but they don’t have a bow and arrow in their hands! They come armed with chimney brushes and rods, and are in charge of helping you to enjoy your fires worry free so you can concentrate on more enjoyable things. No more nagging worries about the safety of your fireplace!

As a professional chimney sweep, I’ve had the pleasure of helping my fair share of families get back to basics with the ability to snuggle up to the glow of a nice warm fireplace on a cold winters’ night.

I’ve seen the joy in the eyes of many customers who have been able to use their gas fireplace for the first time in years after successfully repairing it for them.
I’ve seen kids rushed off to bed, shoes kicked off, and feet perched up on the coffee table in anticipation of the quiet, relaxing time to be spent in front of the fire with a significant other…
Yes, a cupid in black such as myself derives great pleasure and satisfaction from helping others set the mood for all kinds of wonderful time together, and all it takes is a little sweep’s touch.

If your chimney or gas fireplace needs the help of a cupid in black this February, please don’t hesitate to call A to Z for your next chimney sweeping!