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Schedule A Sweep Before The Holidays

From hanging stockings on the mantle to sipping drinks in front of a roaring fire, our fireplaces often play an important part in our holiday traditions. But November and December often pass in the blink of an eye, with many homeowners putting off maintenance until after the holidays have passed. This year, ensure your family can safely enjoy using the fireplace by having it swept before the holiday season arrives.

How often does my chimney need to be swept?Schedule a chimney sweep or inspection this season

The Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, recommends that chimneys should be swept at least once per year – regardless of how often you use your fireplace. An annual sweeping, even for rarely used fireplaces, ensures there are no blockages in the flue that could prevent safe drafting.

If you use your fireplace as a primary heating source, it may need to be swept more than once per year. In addition to an annual sweeping, the CISA recommends the chimney be swept after 1/8th of an inch of sooty buildup. This amount of buildup typically occurs after a full cord of wood has been burned; if you burn more than one cord of wood each season, consider scheduling an additional mid-winter sweeping.

The CSIA also recommends that chimneys should “be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.” When done in conjunction with a sweeping, a chimney inspection ensures the fireplace is burning and drafting safely.

Get your chimney swept before the holidays arrive

Scheduling a chimney sweeping and inspection now ensures your fireplace is ready to use before the busy holiday season arrives.

“A chimney inspection is like an annual dental check-up,” says Ashley Eldridge, Director of Education for the CSIA. “It’s preventative maintenance that helps minimize potential hazards.”

Regular preventative maintenance extends the life of your fireplace system, makes it safer to use, helps fires burn more efficiently, and can save you money on costly future repairs. As fireplaces are often used heavily during the holiday season, having the chimney swept and inspected before the holidays arrive ensures the entire fireplace system is ready to be safely used.

Holiday fireplace safety tips

Keep your entire family safe around the fireplace this holiday season by following these safety tips.

– Only burn firewood. While it may be tempting to throw wrapping paper and boxes into the fireplace, the materials are better off in the recycling bin. Paper products ignite and burn quickly; this can cause flames to spill out of the firebox or up the flue. Other seemingly burnable material, such as greenery or wreaths, may be treated with chemicals that can affect the air quality in your home if burned.
– Keep décor away. Stockings can be hung by the chimney with care, but should be removed anytime the fireplace is being used. This prevents stray sparks or embers from accidentally igniting holiday décor.

The weeks leading up to the holiday season are some of the busiest of the entire year; schedule your chimney sweeping now to ensure your fireplace system is ready for the holidays to arrive! Contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today for more information on scheduling your next chimney sweeping appointment.

Check Out Our Online Fireplace Store!

At Clean Sweeps of Michigan, we are more than just a full-service chimney and dryer vent service company; we also sell and install a variety of fireplaces, inserts, stoves, and accessories. Whether you want to visit us in store or online, our expert staff is standing by to help you find the perfect products for your home!

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When shopping for a new fireplace or heating appliance, don’t head straight to a big box home improvement store; these stores often have limited selection – as well as employees who are, at best, difficult to track down and, at worst, give inaccurate advice. Instead, trust the fireplace experts at Clean Sweeps of Michigan to answer all your questions and help you find the right fireplace, stove, or new accessory for your home.

Because fireplaces and accessories are all we do, our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all of the products we sell. We take the time to sit down with our customers, assess their heating needs, and make recommendations based on their heating needs and style preferences.

Experience the convenience of our online store!

Our online fireplace store makes it quick and easy for our customers to shop for new heating appliances and accessories from the comfort of their own homes! Browse through our entire selection of fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and accessories from your computer or mobile device; whether you are just looking or preparing for your next purchase, our online store is a great resource for our customers.

Have you tried the Firebuilder app?

Shopping for a new fireplace but afraid of how it will look in your home? The Firebuilder app  lets you be the designer!

Start by choosing a make and model of a fireplace; there are options for gas, wood, pellets, and even electric fireplaces! Next, personalize your fireplace by choosing doors, fire back brick patterns, andirons, and more. Finish your design by uploading a picture of the room your new fireplace will go in. This gives you the ability to see exactly what your customized fireplace will look like in your home!

We do the installation, too!

You found the perfect new appliance or accessory – but now you need it installed! Trust the professional technicians at Clean Sweeps of Michigan to safely and correctly install your new appliance or accessory. Professional installation ensures your home’s new addition will operate safely and efficiently.

While we recommend professional installation for all fireplace products, it is especially important when installing gas stoves and inserts or switching fuel sources. A difference of just a few millimeters can cause leaks in delicate gas lines; professional installation keeps your fireplace burning efficiently and keeps your family safe from potential gas leaks.

Visit us online – or in person – today

Make sure your home is warm and cozy this winter by investing in a new fireplace, stove, insert, or other heating accessories. The expert staff at Clean Sweeps of Michigan can help you find the perfect heating appliance or accessory for your home. Visit us online – or in person – today to get your home ready for winter’s arrival!

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