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In just a few days, the man with all the toys will make his way down the chimney to fill stockings and leave presents under the tree. Don’t make Santa come down a dirty chimney — call A to Z Chimney Sweep to have your chimney swept and inspected before Santa Claus comes to town! Here’s why you need to have your chimney swept this holiday season.
Get rid of dangerous creosote
To lower your home’s risk of a chimney fire, the National Fire Protection Association recommends having your chimney swept and inspected at least once per year. Every time you burn a fire in your fireplace, creosote forms on the inside of the chimney walls. This creosote is highly flammable; if it builds up to too high of a level on the chimney walls, a stray ember or excessive heat from your fireplace can cause it to ignite. Having your chimney swept before Christmas won’t just keep Santa’s suit from getting sooty, it also can help protect your home from a fire!
Be sure that your chimney is free from blockages
Santa needs to be able to get down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Are you sure that your chimney is blockage free? When temperatures drop outside, chimneys seem like a warm and inviting place, and animals often will seek shelter inside. Or, high winds can blow leaves and other debris down the chimney that can cause the clogs. Blockages in the chimney won’t just prevent Santa’s passage. It also can ignite in the fireplace, and prevent smoke and carbon monoxide from exiting your home. A pre-Christmas chimney sweep ensures Santa can come down the chimney and helps save your home from smoke, carbon monoxide and a potential chimney fire.
Don’t let foul chimney smells ruin your holidays
Dirty chimneys can be stinky. When your chimney isn’t in use, negative pressure in your home, caused by air-tight windows and other vented appliances, can pull air down the chimney and into your home. That can lead to foul smells that interfere with your enjoyment of the holidays. On top of that, you don’t want to make Santa come down a stinky chimney! Santa hates going down stinky chimneys; the smell is hard to get out of the Santa suit!
Don’t let a dirty chimney ruin your holiday season. A dirty chimney can cause a host of problems for Santa Claus, and it can be a danger or inconvenience from your home. A dirty chimney poses a fire hazard, it can cause smoke or carbon dioxide to flow back into your home, or it can fill your home with embarrassing odors during holiday gatherings. Call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your pre-Christmas chimney sweeping today!
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.
Most homeowners save chimney maintenance for the fall, but they’re missing out on an opportunity. Summer is actually the perfect time to have your chimney swept and inspected, for several reasons.
The soot that forms in your chimney when you burn a fire in your fireplace is highly corrosive. Leaving that soot in place all summer, long after you’ve burned your last fire, allows the soot to eat away at your fireplace and chimney. A summertime sweeping ensures that harmful soot is removed before it can erode your fireplace and chimney components.
Keep Damage from Worsening
Winter’s strong winds and heavy rains can take a toll on your chimney.
- Chimney caps can be blown off kilter or damaged,
- Chimney masonry can develop cracks or weaknesses,
- And chimney crowns or chase covers can crack or corrode.
Any damage sustained during the winter can let water seep into your chimney, causing even more damage. When you have a summertime sweeping and inspection, your chimney sweep can spot damage early, and you can have your chimney repaired before damage can worsen or spread.
Prevent Chimney Odors
Does your chimney ever stink? Unpleasant chimney odors are common summertime problems. When heat and humidity hit your chimney, anything lurking inside can begin smell and fill your home with an unpleasant, embarrassing odor. A summertime chimney sweeping removes the various causes of chimney odors, from creosote to animals nests, saving you from a foul odor you otherwise can’t rid your home of.
Leave Time for Repairs
When you wait until fall to have your chimney swept and inspected, you’re operating under the assumption that your chimney will need a quick sweep, and your fireplace will be ready to use as soon as you’re ready to use it. But what if your chimney sweep spots damage that needs to be repaired? If you wait until the fall to have your chimney swept and inspected, you might find the need for chimney repairs delaying your use of your fireplace. A summertime chimney sweeping and inspection ensures that you have plenty of time for needed repairs.
Beat the Fall Rush
Another benefit of scheduling a summertime chimney sweeping and inspection is convenience. When you schedule a cleaning during the chimney sweep’s offseason, you can schedule your service quickly and on your own time. By scheduling a summertime sweeping, you can avoid waiting weeks for a chimney sweep or having to choose an appointment time that’s not convenient for your schedule.
If you’re ready to schedule your summertime chimney sweeping, call A to Z Chimney Sweep to schedule an appointment today! We’ll clear away damaging soot and creosote, remove any odor-causing chimney debris, help you spot damage and plan repairs. We’ll get your chimney swept and inspected quickly and conveniently so your fireplace is ready for you to use come fall!
Have you been told that your chimney is in need of repair? Have you noticed that your chimney is looking worse for the wear? You might be wondering when is the best time to have your chimney repaired? That time is now!
There are several reasons spring is ideal for scheduling chimney repairs, including:
• Warmer, dryer weather. The No. 1 reason spring is the best time for chimney repairs is warmer, dryer weather. Many chimney repairs, particularly masonry repairs, cannot ideally be performed in cold or wet weather. As cold winter weather yields to sunny spring days, you can finally have your chimney damage taken care of.
• The frequency of winter chimney damage. No season is harder on your chimney than winter. During the winter, your chimney deals with the excess heat of your fireplace. Winter brings a lot of wet weather and colder temperatures. All of those extreme conditions can lead to a host of chimney problems. If your chimney has suffered damage over the winter months, you will want to have your chimney repaired as soon as possible. That makes spring ideal for chimney repairs.
• Easier scheduling. Chimney companies’ schedules fill up fast once cooler weather hits. When you schedule your chimney repairs in the spring, you have the best chance of having your chimney repairs scheduled and completed quickly. That means you won’t have to worry that you won’t have to miss out on enjoyment of your fireplace this fall because you’re still waiting for your chimney repairs.
To have necessary chimney repairs completed this spring, you should know what chimney repairs you need. That’s why it’s a good idea to perform a quick visual inspection of your fireplace and chimney each spring. Once the weather clears up, examine the exterior of your chimney.
Look for cracks, crumbling or gaps in the masonry, discoloration or rust on the sides of the chimney and any signs of leaning or misalignment in the chimney. If you are able to access chimney rooftop, or to view it from the ground or a window, check to make sure your chimney cap remains undamaged and in place, your chimney crown or chase cover is free from damage and your flashing remains snug against the base of your chimney and doesn’t have any cracks or signs of corrosion. Inside your home, you will want to check for cracks in the firebox, rust on the damper, fireplace doors or fire grate and signs of water damage on the walls and ceiling surrounding the chimney.
Because spring is the ideal time for chimney repairs, it’s also the ideal time for a chimney sweeping and inspection.
If you schedule your chimney inspection for the spring, hire a certified chimney sweep. They will be able to spot any repairs your chimney or fireplace will need to undergo before the next fire-burning season. A spring inspection ensures plenty of time to have your chimney repaired and ready for the fall.
If you need chimney repairs or would like to have your chimney inspected by a professional this spring, call 916-850-2446 today!