fireplace Now that summer is over many homeowners look forward to enjoying the look and feel that a fireplace offers within the home. Not only are they functional, but can lend beauty and design to the space. However, they can also pose a fire hazard. Failure to have the chimney regularly inspected and swept is one of the number one causes of chimney fires that can be avoided. Advanced Chimney Sweeps offers inspection and sweeping services to the North Atlanta metro area. Chimney Inspection Basics Before using the fireplace for the season, the homeowner should perform a visual inspection and then have it inspected by professionals if there are any concerns about its operability.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends having your chimney inspected yearly. A professional chimney inspection consists of ensuring that all the components are in proper working order. A technician will inspect both the interior and exterior of the chimney for any buildup or potential problems. Items checked include the pipes, caps, smoke chamber and the firebox. As with anything else, these components may require repair or replacement to ensure they are in proper working order. Sweeping Services from Advanced Chimney Chimney sweeping or cleaning is crucial to prevent the buildup that is often responsible for fire. Upon inspection, the technician can determine whether or not it is time for sweeping. Contrary to popular belief, this service can be completed fairly quickly, without leaving the home a mess. Advanced Chimney Sweeps disposes of all of the materials and takes care to make sure that the debris does not soil floors or other surfaces, leaving the home in the same condition as it previously was. It is also important to check the quality of the wood logs in your fireplace before lighting up a new fire this season.  Give us a call today to get your fireplace ready for use in the season ahead.  And, as always, call us with your chimney inspections and cleaning questions.  We can provide you with a no obligation quote for any repairs needed to keep your hearth and home safe this fall.      

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