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By mainechimne63644266, Mar 25 2020 08:33PM

After a long, cold winter, your chimney and fireplace would have served its purpose and kept you nice and warm. However, now with the freshness of spring you want to enjoy the clean air both inside and outside the house. One of the first steps to ensure that you truly have fresh air inside is to clean your chimney and fireplace to get rid of the smoke. This is important since chimneys mostly get dirty and smelly when they are used, and they are mostly used in the winter.

Once used, there tend to be a buildup of creosote in chimneys. This substance can be deadly and lead to chimney fires, so it is important to remove creosote as soon as possible. The odor from this acidic substance will also detract from the freshness of your home. Fireplace odors tend to get worse as the months become warmer. During the warmer months, moisture can react with the creosote and degrade the masonry in your chimney. This can cause costly repairs to the chimney and flute. For these reasons, spring maintenance and cleaning of fireplaces and chimneys make sense.

Avoid cold nights in winter by handling chimney maintenance when it’s warm outside. It can be more difficult to perform needed repairs during inclement winter weather. In addition, it’s necessary to discontinue the use of your fireplace for a full 24 hours prior to repair appointments. You may need to go one or more nights without the added heat from your fireplace, if you wait until the weather gets cold again. An early maintenance will find potential issues so that you have time to get them repaired before winter rolls around again.

You will have peace of mind, knowing that your chimney is ready for winter when it rolls back around.

The joy and comfort of a clean living space is not only healthier, but contributes to your well-being and the enjoyment of your home.

Give us a call at 618.235.6364 if Maine Chimney Sweep can assist you with your chimney needs this year. Make sure to schedule your post-winter chimney inspection and cleaning by spring so we can get you on the schedule. Don’t wait until the end of summer, because that’s when our rush starts. Plan early and get it over with early.

By mainechimne63644266, Mar 17 2020 05:25PM

At Maine Chimney Sweep, our customers’ health and wellbeing is our highest priority. As we continue monitoring developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19), rest assured we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our customers and employees are safe.

We are taking the following precautions regarding our services:

Service Technicians will utilize protective respirator/mask, gloves (new pair for each customer jobsite), and eyewear throughout service appointments.

Service Technicians will utilize hand sanitizer before and after each customer encounter.

As a note, we are running on normal business hours at this time. Should you have concerns regarding our services, we’re here to support you and offer flexibility to reschedule at your convenience. We encourage you to contact us at 618-235-6364 if you have questions or do wish to reschedule.

While this has not been an issue for Maine Chimney Sweep yet, as the seriousness of this virus increases, all of our employees have been instructed to follow the CDC’s best practices, including frequent handwashing, limiting proximity to sick individuals, and being aware of symptoms. We encourage you to do the same.

By mainechimne63644266, Mar 13 2020 03:16PM

A chimney cap is like a metal hat, with a solid top and mesh around the sides that is installed over the mouth of the chimney. It protects your home from unwelcome guests, expensive damage and natural elements.

A chimney cap prevents water from entering the chimney. This is important because rain flowing down the chimney can get inside the house or attic and cause damage in your ceiling and walls.

When mesh netting is installed with the cap, animals are prevented from entering the chimney. Birds are drawn to the warmth provided by a chimney and will build nests in uncapped chimneys,

which causes serious clogging. Other animals are also known to access uncovered chimneys, such as raccoons, snakes, and squirrels.

Prevent debris build-up leaves, branches, twigs and other debris can enter a chimney and build up if a chimney cap is not in place.

The wire mesh on the chimney caps prevents sparks from creating a fire on your roof. The cap will deflect sparks keeping your home safe from fires.

Chimney Caps come in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate the diversity of chimneys. It is important to get a chimney cap that is the right size for your chimney and to have it professionally installed.

Installing a chimney cap today could save you thousands of dollars in the future. If your chimney needs a new cap or the chimney cap on it needs to be repaired or replaced, give us a call!

By mainechimne63644266, Mar 5 2020 07:07PM

The notion that chimney sweeps are the agents of good fortune is an old European tradition. In many European countries chimney sweeps wore all-black uniforms with a black or white hat. A chimney sweep’s jacket often had 13 buttons for luck. The superstition holds that it is good luck to touch them, wiping a fingertip across their sooty sleeves, or, when seeing them from a distance, to touch a button and make a wish.

By mainechimne63644266, Feb 27 2020 03:46PM

Fireplace systems are surprisingly complex and have a number of different components; unfortunately, this also means that there can be a number of different causes of chimney odors. While a chimney inspection from a certified chimney sweep is often needed to uncover the source of a chimney odor, the following are some of the most common causes of stinky chimneys.

The most common cause of chimney odor is creosote buildup. If your chimney smells like tar or asphalt, it’s probably coming from a buildup of creosote on your chimney walls. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, creosote is a natural byproduct of wood-burning.

Downdrafts are another big cause of bad smells creeping into your home. How can you prevent these? We suggest investing in a chimney cap. Some homeowners find themselves with a damaged, poorly installed cap, or lacking one in general. By having a quality chimney cap put in by a team of certified professionals, you can work to eliminate those smelly downdrafts.

Sudden and sharp rotting odors are often cause by the presence of an animal in the chimney. While the body of a deceased animal can create an extremely unpleasant odor, the food, nesting materials, and droppings of live animals can also cause quite a stink.

Water intrusion is a common cause of chimney odors, especially if a musty odor is your problem. Moisture intrusion can damage chimney linings, bricks or mortar. As a remedy, you may simply need a chimney cap or top-mounted damper installed to keep rainwater and moisture out.

A chimney odor is never something to be ignored; instead of trying to mask the smell with air fresheners, call a certified chimney sweep to help uncover the underlying cause. If you are dealing with a stinky chimney give Maine Chimney Sweep a call. 618.235.6364

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