Chimney News & Information June 2016


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Is Your Chimney Ready for Summer and Spring?

Posted On: June 01, 2016

Get Your Chimney Spring and Summer Ready!

Spring is soon to be in the rearview mirror and the summer months are upon us. While the summer time brings many home improvement projects, maintaining your chimney should be at the top of the list. If not done correctly your home could experience draft problems or even a chimney fire, which puts your family and home at risk!

How often should you sweep your chimney?

If you are a frequent user of your chimney, you should have it swept at least twice a year. While most home improvement projects can be done manually, chimney maintenance is a project meant for experts. Sweeping your chimney before the winter months, on a warmer day (if possible) during the winter and before the Spring and Summer months will greatly reduce your chances of having a chimney fire or dealing with damage to your chimney that could be come costly.

What are common chimney repairs?

Living in the Northeast, like you currently are in Boston, exposes your chimney to harsh weather conditions both in the winter and summer. Early spring is the best time to do these repairs because it is starting to warm up outside, but the spring showers have not kicked into full gear. Flashing and rain caps are two common things that your technician will check when they examine your chimney. A big thing our experts will look at is how well your chimney is sealed and whether it is waterproofed. After several winters without proper maintenance and repairs, your chimney will eventually begin to have small cracks and the caulking may become loose.

What if you have an animal problem?

If your chimney is left unattended, especially during the summer, it could become a home or a trap for animals. In no situation is this something that you want. Animals, whether trapped or neslted in their new home, do not belong in your chimney and they could cause serious damage to the interior of your chimney as well as your home. To keep both you and the animal safe, this removal should only be done by a professional and having a cap repaired or installed by one of our experts will keep animals out completely. Your chimney is often the most forgotten part of your home, yet can cause serious risks if not taken care of. Call Guaranteed Chimney of New England today and become another satisfied customer.


Do You Need a Chimney Inspection?

Posted On: June 01, 2016

Warning Signs Your Chimney Needs an Inspection

Your fireplace is the focus of family gatherings and a great way to take the chill off during the coldest winter nights. For many, it is a basic necessity. As relaxing as your fireplace can be, it can also pose danger to your home and your family. If your fireplace is not properly maintained and cared for, it may start a fire where you don’t want one, which usually happens inside your chimney. Even after removing ash at the appropriate time, it’s what doesn’t turn into ash that puts your home at risk. Creosote is nothing more than unburned wood energy that builds up on your chimney’s inner surface and can cause damage and serious house fires.

Preventing Chimney Fires:

It's not a guarantee that you'll never experience a house fire. However, regular chimney cleaning will greatly reduce the chances of your chimney catching fire. According to the NFPA, the second leading cause of house fires is heating equipment and two out of three heating equipment fires result from heating appliances, which includes fireplaces, chimneys and wood stoves. Of the fires that start in the chimney or fireplace, most are a direct result of creosote deposits. Prevent this from happening and have your chimney inspected by Guaranteed Chimney of New England.

Cleaning Your Chimney:

Regular chimney cleanings will remove the inevitable buildup of creosote and soot. Unfortunately, there’s no simple rule of thumb for when to do it. Don’t rely on the standard advice of having it done once a year or at some other set time. Clean your chimney when it needs to be cleaned-which is when the creosote is thick enough to warrant cleaning.

Monitoring Your Chimney:

If there is smoke flowing into your house, or a build up of ashe on your roof, you know there is a creosote build up that needs to be addressed. Depending on where you live and how much wood you burn, it is smart to monitor how quickly creosote builds up. Being in Boston and the larger Massachusetts area means your winters are cold and sometimes long, so your chimney use could range from October to April. This means constant and routine cleanings should become a habit of yours.

The payoff for ensuring that your chimney is in prime working condition is priceless-peace of mind every time you build a fire. Keep your family and house safe and get a certified chimney inspection from one of our many experts at Guaranteed Chimney of New England. Proudly serving Boston citizens and the larger Massachusetts area.