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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.

By mainechimne63644266, Apr 28 2020 08:09PM

Your chimney may be the biggest system in your home besides the central air and heating unit and there’s a lot that can go wrong with it. Because it’s so big and can cause big problems for your home, it’s important to understand just what makes up the chimney system.

Chimney Cap – The chimney cap is the roof of the chimney system. It keeps water, animals, wind, and weather out. The cap is necessary to prevent chimney water damage and animal intrusion. It is often made of copper or stainless steel.

Chimney Crown- The chimney crown can be considered the roof of your chimney. It caps off the top end of your chimney, only leaving the flue open. The chimney crown protects the chimney from weather-related deterioration and damage. To avoid expensive moisture damage in the rest of your chimney, it’s important that the chimney crown be in good repair and free of cracks or openings.

Flue – The flue is the interior vent by which smoke and gases travel out of the home. The surface of the flue should be covered with a liner that keeps heat and corrosive chemicals from damaging or moving through the masonry and gives it a seamless, smooth surface for optimum airflow.

Smoke Chamber – The space above the firebox is called the smoke chamber—so named because this is where the particles and gases mingle with the heat to rise up the chimney. It is shaped like an inverted funnel to direct smoke upward and into the flue. Beneath the smoke chamber, there is a shelf (called the smoke shelf) designed to prevent smoke from falling back into the firebox and into the home. The walls of the smoke chamber should be at certain angles and smooth.

Chimney Damper- A chimney damper is what seals off your chimney flue when it is not in use. Generally, chimney dampers are installed just above the fireplace and are used to keep the air in your home from escaping out of the chimney. This helps conserve energy and reduce heating and cooling bills. If you have no chimney cap installed, your chimney damper is also your main line of defense from keeping critters and birds from entering your home through the chimney flue. If you close the damper when the fireplace is not in use, it’s extremely important to remember to reopen it once you start a fire, otherwise smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide can back up in your home and cause some serious health hazards.

Smoke Shelf- The smoke shelf is located where the smoke chamber intersects the firebox. Its main purpose is to collect rain water and small amounts of debris that have fallen into the chimney flue. It is used to help transition large billows of smoke from the fireplace into the narrower space of your chimney flue. The smoke shelf also assists with preventing downdrafts to ensure smoke won’t back up in your living space.

Firebox – The space where the fire sits and burns is called the firebox. It endures the highest temperatures for the longest periods but receives the least attention. The firebox is constructed of firebricks and refractory mortar.

Hearth – The hearth is the floor of the firebox which usually extends from the back of the fireplace out into the room a bit and is made of a particular firebrick and refractory mortar that protects against heat transfer from the fire.

As you can see, chimneys are complex systems that contain many different components. Your annual chimney inspection can make sure that each of these areas of your chimney are functioning as they should and are not in need of repair or replacement. Call Maine Chimney Sweep if you are due for your annual inspection or chimney cleaning. 618.234.6364

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