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HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME FOR CHIMNEY CLEANING


Regularly cleaning the chimney and firebox of your fireplace is essential if you own one. The winters in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY can be harsh, so it is important to maintain your fireplace to keep your family warm and cozy. This is where Ageless Chimney comes in! Our team of chimney specialists is here to provide you with the best chimney cleaning and chimney repair services available. When is the right time to contact us? Take a look at these key signs that may signal when it’s time to call a chimney sweep.

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Fires are Burning Poorly


When you have problems starting a fire in your Suffolk County fireplace or keeping a fire burning for several hours, this is an indication of a problem in the chimney shaft. Often, there is something that is preventing the proper flow of air through the chimney. In order to have a properly burning fire, you need to have good airflow through your chimney. Too much air can extinguish a fire while not enough airflow will keep it from burning correctly. If you are having a problem keeping your fire burning, contact Ageless Chimney to inspect your home’s fireplace and chimney. We will make sure that you are ready for a nicely burning fire as soon as Winter hits!

Odors Coming From Fireplace or Chimney


Do you know that warm, comforting smell of a freshly burning fire? That’s what your Suffolk County fireplace should always smell like. Sometimes you may notice an unpleasant and foul odor. That indicates a problem with the chimney shaft. This means that the updraft system is not working properly. This can be considered an emergency because foul smells from a faulty updraft could mean that there are gases inside your house. These toxins could lead to respiratory distress or death, so if you notice a foul smell near your fireplace, call us immediately! As one of the best chimney companies on Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, we are happy to provide emergency services.


You Notice Black Grease or Creosote in Your Fireplace


Something you should check for every so often is grease or creosote in your Suffolk County chimney or fireplace. If you reach inside your fireplace to touch the walls, and your fingers come out covered in a black, greasy substance, you could have a problem with the internal structure of your chimney. This substance develops over several months in the internal structures of your home’s chimney, but the grease is dangerous. In some cases, creosote can begin to burn, leading to an internal chimney fire that can burn through the walls into a room. Creosote also contains chemicals that are not safe to breathe, and you should have the grease removed immediately. If you notice any of this, please call Ageless Chimney right away!

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Excess Smoke While Burning a Fire


When a fire creates a buildup of smoke inside your home, this means there is a blockage in the chimney shaft. Numerous things can create a blockage inside a chimney, including leaves and branches from trees. If there is a buildup of grease on the interior surfaces of a fireplace chimney, then the debris from burning wood can collect on the substance, creating a blockage. This can lead to hazardous toxins in your home, so it is best to have Ageless Chimney inspect your fireplace right away.

Have a Bad Damper?

Your fireplace’s damper needs to be in top condition. The damper regulates the flow of air into a fireplace and chimney. If the damper is tough to open or close, then you may need to have it repaired. Doing so will save you money on any further repairs.

Animal Noises From Inside the Walls

Have you noticed a fluttering or scurrying noise inside the walls near your fireplace? If so, then you need to have your fireplace and chimney inspected. Animals such as raccoons and squirrels can enter a chimney on a home’s rooftop to live inside the structure. In addition, birds can build bird’s nests inside a chimney, creating a blockage that is composed of grass and straw that can burn down a home. 



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Getting your chimney swept and inspected improves the quality of the air in your home, keeps your loved ones safe from toxins, and reduces your home’s fire risk. Ageless Chimney takes pride in providing the safest, most cost-effective cleaning procedures. Call us today at 516-795-1313!

Lake Ronkonkoma is a census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 20,155 at the 2010 census.

The actual lake, Lake Ronkonkoma, adjacent to the CDP, is the largest lake on Long Island. The land surrounding one side of the lake is in the jurisdiction of Islip. The elevation of the lake surface is given as 55 feet (17 m) on the most recent USGS map, but as the lake is a “groundwater lake”, not fed by streams, it has no surface outlet and its water surface reflects the current level of the local water table. This can undergo significant changes over time, and the lake level experiences slow periods of rise and fall. In the late 1960s it was quite low; after several intermediate changes in level, in 2007 the lake was higher than at any time since, with a difference of well over 5 feet (1.5 m) between the 1960s low and the 2007 high.

As a result of the lake’s existence, Lake Ronkonkoma was once a resort town, until the area experienced a population explosion in the mid-20th century. Remnants of old resorts and hotels can still be seen around the lake’s shores. Many summer cottages and bungalows from that period remain, now converted to year-round use.

The lake is the subject of a number of urban legends, mainly rooted in the area’s rich Native American heritage. For example: 1. “It’s bottomless” (and/or empties into Long Island Sound or other waterways). In fact, the lake is relatively deep (approx. 65 feet (20 m)) at its southeastern side, and is what’s known as a kettle hole lake. 2. “Every year the lake sacrifices someone.” Or more specifically, Princess Ronkonkoma “The Lady of the Lake” calls young men out to the middle of the lake and drowns them. In all versions, the lady is an Indian princess who herself drowned in the lake, for reasons that vary depending on the story. The most popular version is that every year the lake claims one male victim. Articles suggest that in the past 200 years, only a handful of females have drowned in Lake Ronkonkoma. 3. “There is a mysterious rise and fall of the lake that doesn’t have any noticeable relationship to local rainfall totals.” This has not been sufficiently explained either way.

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