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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.

Easy Spring Checklist for Your Chimney

Your spring home maintenance checklist would not be complete without the chimney being part of it.

Your spring home maintenance checklist would not be complete without the chimney being part of it.

Did you know that a chimney sweep’s off-peak season is the best season to schedule non-emergency chimney repair and preventative maintenance? That’s because from October through January, many chimney sweeps—especially in colder climates like ours here in Michigan—are booked up to one month in advance. That is certainly the case for those of us at Clean Sweeps of Michigan, especially since we are known as the authority on chimneys in our region.

In business since 1980, we help our customers identify potential problems with their chimney by asking the following questions—though they’re great questions to ask of yourself as well when determining whether or not to call a professional.

Have you had your chimney professionally cleaned in the past year?

If you use your chimney regularly, an annual sweeping is the recommendation of most every fire safety and chimney safety organization in the country.

Do you have a top-sealing damper installed on your chimney?

Top-sealing dampers have replaced old-fashioned throat dampers as the best way to shut out the elements and keep expensive conditioned air inside your home. The top-sealing variety provides a far tighter seal and can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your energy expenses.

Do you have a chimney cap or chase cover?

Chimney covers (for masonry chimneys) and chase covers (for prefabricated chimneys) serve a variety of important purposes—including keeping out damaging rainwater. They also prevent your flue from accumulating debris, which can become a fire hazard, and keep out animals, which can become an annoyance.

Is your chimney masonry stained or crumbling?

If so, this is a good indication that your chimney is leaking and that water is getting inside your flue. This not only greatly shortens the life of your chimney but can cause significant water damage to your chimney and the walls, ceilings, and floors that surround it. If your masonry is in disrepair, one of our chimney masons can tuckpoint it and then waterproof it to keep water from entering your chimney in the future.

Is your chimney stinky or allowing smoke to leak inside your home?

Your chimney should never draft into your living space, nor should your chimney be stinky. These are usually signs that your chimney needs sweeping or that there’s a drafting problem. Drafting problems arise for a variety of reasons. A certified chimney technician will be able to identify what causing your chimney to smell or smoke.

Live in Michigan and have questions about your chimney or heating appliance?

Clean Sweeps of Michigan has decades of experience fixing “sick” chimneys so that families can once again enjoy their fireplaces with confidence. Contact us today at (517) 529-4453.


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