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Get your chimney swept early and save!

Get your chimney swept early and save Image - Fairfield & New Haven CT - Total Chimney Care LLCAs summer draws to a close, you are likely busy enjoying warm days and sunshine. Fall’s cool temperature, a glowing fireplace and your annual chimney sweeping and inspection are probably the furthest thing from your mind. If you take the time to schedule your chimney inspection now, you’ll save money and realize other benefits of a summer chimney sweeping!

Save money

When you schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection with Total Chimney Care now, you’ll save money! Watch our new video and mention it when you call to schedule your appointment, and we will give you $25 off your annual sweeping an inspection.

Take advantage of scheduling flexibility

Chimney sweeps get very busy come fall! Our schedules fill up fast, and you may end up waiting weeks for an appointment if you wait too long to schedule. When you call now, you will be able to schedule your sweeping and inspection sooner, and more days and time slots will be available for you to choose from.

Leave time for repairs and improvements

When you schedule your chimney sweeping and inspection now, you will leave yourself plenty of time to address any repairs your chimney sweep recommends. If you wait to the fall, repairs might delay your enjoyment of your fireplace, especially because some chimney repairs, especially masonry repairs, have to be performed in warm, dry weather. If you those repairs aren’t found until the fall, you might even have to delay repairing your chimney until next summer. You can also consult with your sweep about potential fireplace and chimney improvements you might be considering before the fall.

Stop further damage

If you chimney does need repairs, the undetected damage could be jeopardizing your chimney and home structure. Some damage, especially leaks and cracks, can damage your home’s structure or further deteriorate your chimney if they aren’t addressed immediately. Having your chimney inspected and performing any needed repairs sooner, rather than later, can spare your chimney and your home from further damage.

Improve your home air quality

Last winter’s fire left residue in your chimney that can cause odors and decrease your home’s indoor air quality. Don’t wait to remove creosote, odors and particles from your chimney; have your chimney swept now!

Call Total Chimney Care to schedule your appointment today!

Enjoy all of the advantages of summer chimney sweepings by scheduling your appointment with Total Chimney Care today! Our certified chimney sweeps will clear away creosote and any other chimney blockages, reducing your risk of a chimney fire. Your sweep also will perform a full inspection to detect any leaks, damage or fire hazards. By scheduling your appointment now, you will have your fireplace and chimney ready for fall’s colder temperatures, and you can save $25 on your cleaning by mentioning our video!

By Steve Sobczak on August 17th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

End of Season Sweeping — Save 25 Percent Through June 1

Many homeowners wait until the fall months to have their chimney swept, inspected, and prepped for the upcoming fire-burning season. Spring, perhaps, is the best time of year to have your chimney swept. Spring cleanings can be better for your chimney, help you identify the need for repairs early, and can be easier to schedule. As an added bonus, when you schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection with Total Chimney Care before June 1, you’ll save 25 percent on your service! End of Season Sweeping Save - New Haven - Fairfield CT - Total Chimney Care LLC -w800-h800

Save your chimney from creosote.

The primary purpose of your annual chimney sweeping is to remove creosote from your chimney, which can ignite and pose a major fire hazard when you light your first fire in the fall. Creosote that’s left in your chimney over the spring and summer after you stop using your fireplace for the season, also can do damage. Creosote is highly acidic. Because of that, it can cause damage to your flue, corroding tiles or metal components. When creosote comes in contact with moisture, either on hot, humid days or after a spring rainstorm, it can let off an unpleasant smell, like bad barbecue or fresh asphalt, that can fill your home. Having your chimney swept in the spring can save your chimney from being damaged by creosote and can spare your home from the unpleasant smell of wet creosote.

Spot chimney damage and identify repairs.

Winter can be hard on your chimney. The freeze-thaw cycle can cause cracks and crumbles in your chimney’s masonry. Undetected chimney fires can leave major damage in your chimney. Cracks or damage to certain chimney components can let water into your chimney or into your home, which can cause major damage when spring rains hit. Each time your chimney sweep cleans your chimney, he inspects your chimney for signs of chimney damage, faulty parts and water leaks. By having your chimney inspected in the spring, you are able to identify any problems early. That allows you to work with your chimney care company to formulate a repair plan and gives you plenty of time to perform needed chimney repairs over the summer months. Early inspections mean you can have your fireplace and chimney ready for your first fire of the fall.

Beat the crowds.

Most people plan to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected in the fall. That can mean delays in scheduling your annual sweeping and inspection, which can delay the first fire of the fall. By having your chimney swept in the spring, you can beat the crowds, and save money! To save 25 percent on your annual chimney sweeping and inspection, call Total Chimney Care today to schedule your chimney’s spring cleaning and inspection!

By Steve Sobczak on April 7th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

The Best Time to Sweep the Chimney

Fall is almost halfway over with the recent start of November. The cold weather has officially set in, with some parts of the country having already experienced snowfall. Everyone is looking to stay warm, especially with the upcoming winter forecasted to be frigid again like last year. For homeowners with fireplaces, keeping warm this winter might involve stoking a few indoor fires. A popular question among homeowners looking to take proper care of their fireplace or wood-burning stove and chimney is when the best time is to schedule a chimney cleaning. While this cannot be answered as simply as listing a month or season, the question of when to sweep the chimney does have some answers.

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The first factor to deciding when to clean the chimney is safety. If the chimney is too dirty to use safely, it should be swept prior to the first fire at all costs. A chimney becomes dirty after burning wood in the fireplace. Burning wood creates a tarlike product called creosote that condenses and builds up along the flue lining inside the chimney. Burning wet wood or burning with inadequate oxygen supply can lead to higher creosote production. The problem with creosote is its high flammability, which can lead to chimney fires if the creosote is left to build up. A quick way to test the safeness of creosote buildup is to scratch a small area of creosote from the surface of the flue. If the buildup looks to be an 1/8 inch or thicker, a chimney sweep should be scheduled very soon. If the buildup is a ¼ inch or thicker, no fire should be lit until the chimney has been swept. If there is any question over the safety of the creosote levels, a chimney specialist should be consulted.

Another factor to consider is convenience. Most people only use the fireplace in the fall, winter, and early spring, so the most convenient time to clean normally occurs at the beginning of fall or the end of summer – just prior to needing the fireplace. However, chimney sweeps often offer an incentive to have the sweep done at the end of fire season, in the early spring, by reducing prices. This price differential may win some homeowners over in spite of the convenience.

The determining reason for when to sweep the chimney should be the safety of burning a fire with the chimney in its current condition. While money and convenience deserve some consideration, the wellbeing of the home and family always comes first. If you need to have your chimney swept before the upcoming fireplace season, get in touch with a chimney specialist near you. In the New Haven or Fairfield, Connecticut areas, you can contact Total Care Chimney for a professional consultation.

By Steve Sobczak on November 9th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Inspections Explained

Chimney inspections are sometimes required by municipal codes, and are always recommended by governing bodies. The inspection procedures and standards encoded in laws are established by the National Fire Protection Association and enforced by the CSIA and similar certifying entities. This is why choosing a certified sweep is invariably stressed in connection with cleanings and inspections.

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At each level of inspection, another layer of detailed examination is added, so Level 1 inspections are the most basic, and Level 3s are the most complex. They are distinguished by the ease with which the inspector can access what he has to inspect. Thus, they equate roughly to inspections that are physically “fairly easy”, “moderately difficult”, and “extremely hard” to conduct.

The parts and areas the inspector has to evaluate in higher level inspections are further ‘within’ the chimney. They are increasingly difficult to get to, moving from Level 1’s “readily accessible” chimney top and firebox to Level 2’s “accessible” flue liner. For a Level 3 inspection, actual removal of parts of the chimney may be necessary to gain access.

The mid-level inspections are the ones commonly mandated by municipalities for home sales and transfers of property.  A Level 2 inspection is also required after earthquakes and chimney fires, and must be performed if there is any modification of the fireplace system. Additionally, in some areas of the country, special emissions and efficiency standards must be met by chimneys as well as automobiles.

The Level 2 bar is the one increasingly being met with camera aided inspection of the entire “accessible” flue. Whether “easy”, “difficult” or “extremely hard” to see, it is all meaningless if untrained eyes are looking at it. This is why it is so important to use properly certified and trained chimney sweeps for these inspections. Do your due diligence, and make sure you call us to perform a thorough chimney inspection before the next cold season.

By Steve Sobczak on May 5th, 2013 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment