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By mainechimne63644266, Jun 3 2020 05:27PM

Water penetration is the number one cause of chimney damage. During cold winter months, the moisture trapped inside the chimney’s bricks and mortar freezes and expands, which can cause the masonry to crack and crumble. This freeze-thaw damage can be subtle until rainy weather sends water through these cracks in the chimney and down your flue.

The only way to protect your chimney from water damage is stop water from entering your chimney’s masonry! This can be achieved with a waterproofing solution. Waterproofing your chimney is an investment in the long-term protection of your property. This investment will hopefully save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars down the road.

If you’ve been hearing a dripping sound coming from your chimney after a heavy rain or noticed moisture and stains on the wall near your fireplace, call Maine Chimney Sweep to schedule an appointment.

By mainechimne63644266, May 28 2020 06:33PM

It’s June, and you’re probably thinking of warm Summer days by the pool, and the last thing on your mind are the long cold winter days bundled up by the fire. However, summer is the BEST time to get your chimney cleaned.

As fall approaches, our phones will begin to ring constantly with folks trying to schedule an appointment for chimney cleaning services, and this will leave our schedules filled up solid for our certified technicians. Waiting until the fall to schedule your appointment can leave you frustrated and without the use of your fireplace when the first cold snap hits. Regrettably, it is possible you might have to wait weeks for an available appointment.

We are more available in the summer for chimney cleaning services. Beat the rush and get your appointment scheduled – call 618-235-6364.

By mainechimne63644266, May 20 2020 08:43PM

Cleaning chimneys is a dirty job. We’re dealing with dust, burnt material, creosote, cob webs, dead animals, and debris. That’s why we’ve always had sanitary practices.

Our technicians clean/sanitize their hands a number of times and between jobs or appointments. They will also utilize hand sanitizer before and after each customer encounter.

All of our certified chimney technicians wear a protective respirator/mask, and gloves (new pair for each customer jobsite) throughout service appointments.

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. We encourage you to contact us at 618-235-6364 if you have questions.

By mainechimne63644266, May 14 2020 05:53PM

Selling your home? Get ahead of the game by scheduling your fireplace and chimney inspection. Many realtors suggest homeowners and prospective buyers get a chimney inspection and cleaning if necessary before closing.

By mainechimne63644266, May 7 2020 05:56PM

1. Chimneys were first introduced in northern Europe during the 12th century, however, they didn’t become common in homes until the 16th and 17th centuries.

2. Like pigs, chimney sweeps were often associated with good luck. In some towns, on New Year’s Day, chimney sweeps would walk through the streets holding a pig and villagers would pay a small amount of money to make a wish while they pulled a hair from the pig.

3. Most modern chimneys have a protective coating called a chimney liner. This inner liner can be made from aluminum, stainless steel, terra cotta, or other fireproof materials and it helps keep too much heat from reaching the rest of your home. Most modern chimneys have a protective coating called a chimney liner. This inner liner can be made from aluminum, stainless steel, terra cotta, or other fireproof materials and it helps keep too much heat from reaching the rest of your home.

4. Chimney fires can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. You can use less wood (and make fewer trips to the woodpile) by using hard woods like hickory or white oak. Since these woods are denser, they’ll burn longer.

6. As hot smoke, unburned wood particles, gases, and hydrocarbon float up a cooler chimney, condensation occurs and forms the residue known as creosote.

7. If your chimney is giving off a funny smell, it’s most likely due to the buildup of creosote along the walls. Schedule a professional chimney cleaning and invest in some commercial chimney deodorant.

8. Ever wonder why chimney smoke goes up and out the chimney instead of into your home? It’s because warm air rises and creates an updraft that takes all the smoke with it.

9. The top of your chimney may be covered with a chimney cap. Chimney caps can keep rain and animals out, can increase updraft, and can reduce the amount of smoke that flows into your home.

10. The world’s tallest chimney can be found in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. Built in 1987, it’s 1,377 feet tall.

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