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Tips to Prepare for Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment

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Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner, and this means it is time to get your chimney and fireplace system ready to be able to enjoy cozy and warm fires with your family and friends. According appointmentto the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), you should have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before you light the first fire of the year to ensure everything will work efficiently and safely. For over 25 years, Atlas Chimney has been providing top quality professional chimney maintenance services to the Austin area, and our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are committed to making sure that you are completely satisfied with our work. To help you be ready for your appointment with us, we would like to share with you some tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Prepare your hearth area.

The first thing that Atlas Chimney will do during your sweeping appointment is to protect the area around your fireplace by laying down drop cloths. This will help to keep your home clean while we are sweeping your chimney. Since we will need to bring equipment into your home, we do ask that you move all furniture and any other item from the area that surrounds your hearth before we arrive at your home. We will typically need about seven feet of clearance space around your fireplace. We also recommend that you secure all breakable items to prevent a possible accident.

Make sure your fireplace or stove is completely cool.

Safety is our top priority, which is why that Atlas Chimney asks that you do not light a fire in your fireplace or stove for at least 24 hours before your appointment time. A cool chimney and fireplace system will keep our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps out of harm’s way, and we appreciate your attention to this safety request. We also recommend that you check to see if you need to remove any ashes from your fireplace or stove before the day of your appointment.

Ask questions.

We do require that you be at home during your chimney sweeping appointment with Atlas Chimney, and we invite you to watch us work. We love to help our customers better understand their chimney systems, and our professionals are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can count on us to teach you the best practices to use when operating your fireplace or stove.

Atlas Chimney wants you and your family to safely enjoy warm, cozy fires this winter. Contact us today to schedule your annual chimney maintenance appointment with our CSIA-certified professionals.