If you are hosting or entertaining friends, family, or other guests over the holidays this year, you probably have a long list of the things that you need to do to prepare your home for this festive time of the year. One of the maintenance tasks that you should make sure is not forgotten to be included on that list is scheduling your annual chimney sweeping and inspection appointment with Blue Ridge Chimney Services. You can trust our chimney sweeps to do the best job of making sure that your chimney and fireplace system will work efficiently and safely throughout the fall and winter seasons because they are trained and have received certifications from national industry leaders like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Over our years of sweeping chimneys in the Shenandoah Valley, we have seen every type of possible chimney issue there can be, so we know how to solve problems quickly and correctly. If you have not had your annual professional chimney maintenance services done yet this year, you should contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with us before the holiday season gets started. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have these taken care of at least once a year.

PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRESsitting by the fireplace

When you burn wood, creosote is a fact of life. This natural residue develops during the combustion process and sticks to the inner chimney walls. Over the winter, it can build up into large deposits that could possibly block the flue, but the biggest hazard with creosote is the increased risk of chimney fires because it is so highly flammable. According to the CSIA, creosote is a leading cause of chimney fires, and they recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected before lighting the first fire of the year. Blue Ridge Chimney Services uses specialized tools, including rotating brushes on extended rods, to remove as much creosote and soot as possible from the walls of your chimney in order to reduce your risk of experiencing a chimney fire.

AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE LEAKS

A professional chimney inspection can save your life! When Blue Ridge Chimney Services inspects your chimney, our top priority is ensuring that nothing is present within your chimney and fireplace system that could cause it to work in an unsafe manner. We look to see if anything such as a blocked flue or a damaged liner could cause toxic combustion gases like carbon monoxide to leak into your home. If we do find anything causing a problem, we will show you photographs we took during the inspection and explain the situation with you. You will also receive a fair and honest repair estimate of the repair work needed to get your chimney working safely again.

Put all of your worries aside when it comes to the safety of your fireplace. Contact us at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney maintenance services from our Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified sweeps.