CHIMNEY CLEANING BASICS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
At Ageless Chimney, we have taken pride in providing homeowners of Long Island with chimney cleaning for many years. Although getting your chimney cleaned may seem like something you can tackle yourself, our team suggests that you put your Long Island Chimney in our expert hands! If hiring a chimney sweep is new to you, read on for some examples of what to expect when you hire a professional from Ageless Chimney.
How Often Should I Get My Chimney Swept?
This is probably the most common question we hear from new clients. The frequency of getting your chimney swept depends on a few variables. First, the size of your chimney, secondly the amount of soot that is produced. However, the general answer is that your chimney should be cleaned about every four years. Although that’s a pretty infrequent need, it is still very important. By keeping your chimney cleaned, you protect your family from harsh toxins that are released from soot that has built up over time.
There’s Safety in Sweeping!
As mentioned in the above paragraph, soot in your fireplace can be very harmful to your loved ones. By keeping your chimney in proper working order, by regular cleaning or chimney repair, you can keep your home toxin free. Ageless Chimney is certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America, therefore we make sure we operate within all safety guidelines. Our priority is keeping you and your loved ones safe, so make sure you call us for a free estimate. We will make sure your home is a breathe safe zone!
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Not only does Ageless Chimney pride itself on being one of the best chimney companies on Long Island, we also like to act quickly and efficiently. When we come to your home to provide you your free estimate, we will only need about half an hour of your time. If you are looking for a quick inspection, it is always a good idea to move any furniture away from the fireplace. If that isn’t possible, covering it up with a tarp is also wise. Make sure that the ladder, the soot hatch, or the sweeping hatch as accessible as possible. One of our owners will first survey your fireplace and chimney before getting to work to determine what they have to do to properly clean your chimney. We will also put a drop cloth on the floor in front of the fireplace to protect the floor from potential dust and soot.
What Happens When We Start Sweeping?
If you decide to hire Ageless Chimney, we can get to work right away. The actual chimney sweeping can either be performed from the roof, or from below through the fireplace. Done correctly, all of the dust, soot, and creosote will be contained and none should escape into the home. We will also utilize a professional vacuum to help with the cleanup. When the job is done, you should see no traces of soot or ash, or signs that someone worked on or in your chimney. We will then tell you the condition of your chimney so that you are aware of any hazards, as well as how frequently to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. This is also a great time to ask any questions that you may have.
Having your chimney inspected and swept improves the quality of air in your home, keeps your family and loved ones safe from toxins and reduces your home’s risk of a fire significantly. At Ageless Chimney, we pride ourselves on providing the safest, most efficient cleaning procedures at the best cost.