To make sure that your fireplace will work as safely and as efficiently as possible this winter, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year. Before you light your first fire of the year, you should call us at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule this important annual maintenance appointment. We have been providing first-class professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the Shenandoah Valley region for years, and you can count on our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to ensure that your chimney is free from damage, blockages, and any other issue that could cause it to not work safely or efficiently. We encourage you to contact us to schedule your chimney sweeping, and we would like to share four tips with you that will make the entire appointment process go more smoothly.
1. Please do not light a fire in your fireplace, stove, or other hearth heating appliance for at least 24 hours before the appointment date.
The safety of our customers and of our professional chimney sweeps is the top priority of Blue Ridge Chimney Services, which is why we request that you refrain from using your fireplace for at least 24 hours before we arrive to sweep and inspect your chimney. This will ensure that your chimney and fireplace system will be cooled down enough for our CSIA-certified chimney professionals to be able to work safely.
2. Please provide us with enough clearance space to use our specialized equipment to sweep your chimney.
On the day of your appointment, we ask that you remove any furniture, lamps, and any other items that are within a six-foot radius of your fireplace before we arrive. We also recommend that you secure any breakable and valuable items in your home. We promise to leave your home as clean as it is when we get there, and to keep this promise, we must bring a high-powered vacuum and other bulky equipment inside your home. As careful as we may be on every job, accidents unfortunately happen, so please remember this tip when preparing for your chimney sweeping appointment.
3. Please remove any ashes from the firebox.
Blue Ridge Chimney Services also requests that you check the firebox to see if there are any ashes on its floor. If so, please remove them safely by placing them in a metal lidded container, which should be kept outside on a non-combustible surface with its lid tightly closed.
4. Please schedule your appointment in the spring or summer.
To be sure that you get your fireplace ready to go on the first cool day of the fall season, Blue Ridge Chimney Services recommends making your annual chimney sweeping appointment in the spring or in the summer. Although fall has recently begun, it is not too late to make this appointment if you have not had your chimney professionally swept and inspected this year. However, the longer that you procrastinate, the more difficult it will be to find an available appointment time with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.
Is your chimney ready for fall? Contact us today at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance appointment. We are here for any of your professional chimney service needs.