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The Silver Lining of Waiting

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Before you light the first fire in your fireplace each year, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Firecalendar with hourglass Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. The reason why this recommendation is made is to ensure that your chimney and fireplace system will work efficiently and safely throughout the winter. Without this professional chimney maintenance service appointment, it can be impossible to know whether or not there are hidden hazards lurking inside the chimney, such as cracks and gaps in the liner. Since the last thing that you need to deal with during the holidays is an accidental house fire caused by a damaged chimney liner, it is important to take care of this professional service before the fireplace season begins. For over 25 years, Atlas Chimney has been known across the Austin, TX region as the best source for professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services in the area, and our team of trained and experienced professional chimney sweeps are so busy every fall preparing the chimneys of our customers that it can be difficult to schedule an appointment between September and the end of the year on a date that is convenient for you. We understand that it can be frustrating to wait to use your fireplace until we can sweep and inspect your chimney, so we would like to tell you about the silver lining of having to wait for your maintenance appointment with our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. We will also share how you can avoid this waiting period next year.

What exactly is the silver lining of having to wait three more weeks until I can use my fireplace?

As we mentioned earlier, it is recommended to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before lighting the first fire of the year, and this means that many homeowners are in need of professional chimney maintenance services every fall. For over 25 years, Atlas Chimney has had a waiting list for chimney sweep and inspection appointments that begin in September and typically continues throughout the rest of the year. Although we do understand why customers might feel frustrated by this waiting list, we very rarely hear that they will try another chimney sweeping company because they know that our service is worth the wait. They can count on our professional chimney sweeps giving their undivided attention to their chimneys because they know that we value their safety.

How can I avoid having to wait to have my chimney professionally swept and inspected by Atlas Chimney?

We recommend to our customers to forward schedule their annual chimney maintenance service appointments with us to be sure that their fireplaces will be ready to use on the first cool day of the year. After we have swept and inspected your chimney, we will give you the option to go ahead and reserve your appointment time for your next maintenance service. Another suggestion we have to avoid waiting to use your fireplace is to make your chimney sweeping appointment with us in the spring or summer. Since this is our off-season, it can be easier for busy customers to find an available appointment with us on a date that is most convenient for them. Scheduling during the spring and summer is also recommended if you plan to take care of any chimney repairs or make any changes to your chimney. We prefer to do masonry chimney construction and repair services during warmer weather, and you will have plenty of time to have the necessary work done before you want to use your fireplace again in the fall.

What can I expect from my annual professional chimney maintenance appointment with Atlas Chimney?

We are proud to guarantee a mess-free chimney sweeping service, and this is just one of the things that sets us apart from other chimney companies in the area. To protect your home from getting dirty during the appointment, we will place tarps around your fireplace and set up a vacuum that is specifically designed to ensure that no creosote, soot, or other debris enters your home during chimney sweepings. We will then use specialized tools, such as rotating brushes on extended rods, to scrub the inner walls of your chimney. Once we have finished sweeping, we will vacuum away the debris from the firebox and smoke shelf. If we find that creosote in your chimney has built up into a thick glaze on the interior walls, we can use special chemicals to remove this hazardous material and reduce the risk of a chimney fire. A basic Level 1 chimney inspection is included with our annual chimney sweeping service, and you can count on our CSIA-certified professionals to make sure there are no flue blockages or other types of issues that could cause your chimney to be unsafe to use.

Although the wait for a professional chimney maintenance appointment from Atlas Chimney can be frustrating, there is a silver lining of guaranteed excellent service from our qualified and experienced professional CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection.