Monday, February 19th, 2018All fireplaces need some upkeep, even your gas fireplace. Keeping your gas fireplace in pristine condition can help you avoid issues in the future. Maintaining gas fireplace is less of a hassle than maintaining a traditional fireplace. However, homeowners should still take the necessary steps to keep their fireplace efficient and functional. At Advanced Chimney Sweeps in Atlanta, GA, we offer a full range of services to help keep your chimney functional, safe, and clean. We work with homeowners all around the Atlanta area to get them the fast and excellent service they need. Contact Advanced Chimney Sweeps to receive your free telephone or email estimates.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018Chimney maintenance is an important part of ensuring the safety of your home and your family. Chimney maintenance is necessary to the function of your chimney to ensure it is operating effectively and safely. Without regular chimney maintenance, you may be putting you and your family at risks for carbon monoxide poisoning, chimney fires, and health issues. Contact Advanced Chimney Sweep in Atlanta, GA to schedule a routine chimney maintenance visit. Having your chimney inspected once a year allows our technicians to provide the appropriate services needed to improve the quality of your chimney. Over time, creosote can develop in your chimney. Creosote occurs when the oils in the wood don't burn out complete, causing a cloud of smoke to develop that mixes with the chemicals and water in the chimney which leads to the development of creosote. It is normal for creosote to develop but when it isn't properly removed, it can lead to complications. Creosote can lead to restricted airflow, which can lead to an increased risk of creosote buildup. If creosote is not removed, it can be dangerous to your health and your home. Creosote exposure can lead to skin irritation, respiratory problems, and other health concerns. It should be noted that creosote is one of the most common reasons for chimney fires. Taking preventive measures to ensure the safety of your home and health should be an important issue to all homeowners.
Schedule Chimney MaintenanceThe National Fire Protection Association recommends chimneys be inspected at least once a year. During the inspection, one of our highly trained technicians will inspect the inside and outside of your chimney and fireplace. If chimney maintenance is necessary, we will provide you with a free estimate of the services needed to address any issues with your chimney or fireplace.
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Friday, December 22nd, 2017As the weather gets colder, it is important to make sure your home is properly heated and insulated. Now is the perfect time to set up an appointment with Advanced Chimney Sweeps, Inc to ensure your heating system is running safely and efficiently. One of the most dangerous effects of heating systems malfunctions is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide can wreak havoc in the home, causing symptoms like nausea, headache, discomfort and in more advanced cases, death. You want to make sure that there is the appropriate amount of airflow flowing in and out of your chimney. When hazards like creosote, small animals, and debris get stuck in your chimney, it prevents your chimney from functioning properly, which may prove hazardous in the future. A blocked chimney many require you and your family to breathe in the toxic gas or may even cause a chimney fire. Chimney issues are avoidable through regular chimney sweeps and proper maintenance. Your safety is important to our team at Advanced Chimney Sweeps, Inc, so we work with you to get you the tools you need to stay safe and warm this winter. Don't wait until it is too late before you schedule a chimney inspection. Our inspection includes a detailed analysis of your fire box, smoke chamber, flue pipes and caps to ensure they are in good working conditions. Our team will also inform you if a chimney sweep or maintenance is needed. Our goal is to provide safe, functional, and reliable chimneys. With over 25 years of service, Advanced Chimney Sweeps, Inc is dedicated to helping our clients all over the North Atlanta Metro region get the help they need. We provide free estimates and work with you to get you the service you need. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Chimneys Sweeps, Inc.
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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017When was the last time you've had your chimney cleaned? Chimney sweeping is a vital part of maintaining a functional, safe chimney. We recommend you get your chimney swept at least once a year to ensure it is safe and operational. Cleaning your chimney offers a range of benefits that allow your fires to burn naturally. At Advanced Chimney Inc., we offer chimney sweeping, chimney and fireplace inspection, and chimney repair for customers in need. We work with each client to deliver the superior customer service and provide a no-mess guarantee. Contact Advanced Chimneys Inc in Roswell, GA for your quote today!
Reasons To Sweep Your ChimneySweeping your chimney not only allows for your fire to burn safely, but it can also improve the quality of your fire. Taking the necessary steps to ensure your chimney isn't causing any damage to your home or health is essential to chimney maintenance.
- Safety: When the chimney is used, it can produce creosote, a material that forms naturally during chimney use. Creosote can contribute to chimney fire if not properly removed. Cleaning your chimney regularly can remove creosote and minimize your chance of a developing a chimney fire.
- Health Hazzard: When the chimney is blocked, carbon monoxide can potentially leak into the home, causing symptoms like dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and possibly death. Also, the soot from your chimney can make its way into the home, causing respiratory issues. Scheduling a chimney sweep at least once a year allows our team to remove any blockage and ensure your chimney is cleaned properly.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017Don't want to deal with the hassle of toying with your thermostat; burn a fire in your fireplace instead! Burning a fire in your fireplace is an excellent way to keep you and your whole family warm for these upcoming winter months. To burn the most efficient, safe, and a warm fire, Advanced Chimney Sweeps, has compiled a few tips to keep in mind when starting your fireplace fire.
- Burn seasoned firewood. Painted wood, plastic wood, plywood, and treated wood can produce hazards chemicals, which can affect your health and the condition of your fireplace.
- Don't forget to split your firewood. Cutting firewood helps it dry faster and burn more efficiently.
- Make sure you get your chimney inspected at least once a year, You want to ensure there are no blockages in your chimney which can be a fire hazard that may compromise your house.
- Sore your wood in a dry, circulated environment to protect the quality of your firewood.
- Make sure your wood is cured before using it. You want to avoid problems like moldy firewood.
What We OfferAdvanced Chimney is a full license and full serviced company that provides a variety of services including chimney sweeping, chimney and fireplace inspections, chimney repairs, prevention of creosote build up and the replacement of chimney caps. We offer a range of services to help you maintain an efficient chimney. Contact us today for your fireplace and chimney needs. Advanced Chimney Sweeps is located in Marietta, Georgia, allowing us to quickly service the entire North Atlanta metro area. We provide service for Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, Dekalb and North Fulton counties. Some of the cities we serve Atlanta, Marietta, Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Acworth, Smyrna, Dunwoody, Duluth, Norcross, Canton, Sandy Spring, Kennesaw, and Dallas.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017As the summer draws to a close homeowners will inevitably turn their attention to preparations for cooler weather. One of the important items to add to the fall home to do list is preparing your chimney and fireplace for fire burning season. Maintaining and properly operating your fireplace, stove or insert can ensure for a safe wood burning season for you and your home.
- First, choose seasoned wood for your fireplace and stock up.
- Next, inspect and clean the chimney if necessary. Homeowners can perform a visual inspection of the gaskets and door seals of their appliance but it is recommnded by the National Fireplace Institute to have an annual inspection and cleaning of your chimney by a certified sweep to be sure that it clear of obstructions and to look for signs of creosote build up.
- To keep debris and unwanted animals out make sure you have a chimney cap.
- Check the batteries on your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
- Clear clutter, furniture, knick knacks, and any flammable materials away from your fireplace or appliance; at least three feet from your fire.
- Find a reputable and trusted chimney sweep in your area to service your chimney annually.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017Are your clothes coming out of the dryer damp even though you've run them for a complete cycle? This could be a sign that your dryer vent needs cleaning. Sure, your dryer seems to be working fine but little do you know that the vent piping is clogged with a large build up of lint. Proper maintenance on your home's dryer vent pipe may alleviate concerns for your clothes dryer's drying time and functionality.
Possible Signs of a Clogged Dryer VentYour dryer may feel extra hot or may emit a burning smell at the end of a cycle. These may also be indicators of a clogged dryer vent pipe. And as heavier loads of laundry increase in the fall and winter months you will expect your dryer to keep up with the workload. At Advanced Chimney Sweeps of Marietta, Georgia we understand the importance of dryer vent maintenance for your home's overall function and safety.
Why Clean The Dryer Vent?The lint trap in your dryer only catches some of the lint pile up from your clothes. And as lint increases in your dryer vent pipe, air flow is then prevented from the dryer to the outside vent. Most of these dryer vent pipes can run for short distances inside your home. Inadequate airflow means poor ventilation for your dryer. And unfortunately, this poor ventilation can lead to a house fire. Is estimated 15,500 fires a years are caused by clogged dryer vents. Proper dryer vent maintenance includes cleaning beyond your lint trap and getting from the dryer to the vent outtake and is best performed by professional. Advanced Chimney Sweeps offers free estimates and a no mess guarantee on their dryer vent cleaning services.
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Monday, July 17th, 2017The chimney is one of the most important pieces of a home, and at times, it can also be the most volatile. Routine cleanings and repairs are vital to the safety of your home. That's why Advanced Chimney Sweeps is a company focused on taking great care of your home's chimney. With locations scattered all over the entire North Atlanta metro area, they can quickly dispatch a technician to your home when it's most convenient for you. The most important thing about chimney safety is to avoid carbon monoxide gas entering the home. When bricks block chimneys, animals, nests, or whatever else could obstruct the airflow, it becomes more and more possible for carbon monoxide gas to get into the house. The chimney has to be able to use fresh air from outside to function properly. That's the reason chimneys are designed the way they are in the first place. Without that source of fresh oxygen going all throughout the chimney, there can be some dangerous situations. Chimney fires are all real hazards that must be kept in check. When the wood burns, it creates a byproduct called creosote. The creosote must be removed often from the chimney or else the chances of a fire increase exponentially. Clean chimneys can still catch on fire, but the heat and intensity of those fires are small compared to one packed with creosote. It's important to note that chimney maintenance saves homes and lives every year. Scheduling a cleaning by Advanced Chimney Sweeps ensures that you're doing your part to keep fires and poisonous gasses at bay. One way you can prevent too much creosote from building up in the first place is to make sure your wood is burning evenly. Pinewoods should never be burned in a chimney, and the same applies to green woods and wet woods. Small droplets of tar from these substances can form on the inside of the walls and cause fire hazards. The friendly workers from Advanced Chimney Sweeps will have your chimney cleaned and running better in no time. You can contact the company today to make an appointment that fits your busy schedule.
Saturday, June 10th, 2017After a long winter of use, a chimney needs rest and relaxation, too. Summer is the ideal time to have Advanced Chimney of Marietta, GA inspect and if necessary, clean and repair your chimney. By scheduling maintenance for your chimney in the warmer months, you have no down time and can rely on your chimney to work safely and efficiently when the cooler temperatures return. Creosote is a residue that can build up in a chimney over time, causing it work less efficiently and can be a cause of chimney fires. A good sweeping can keep the chimney in proper condition and prevent a potential disaster in the future- the experts at Advanced Chimney Sweeps in the Atlanta area can ensure that your chimney is safe for use. Checking the condition of the chimney's cap and rain pan should also be done in the summer. Together, these components prevent rain water from damaging the chimney or the house and can help keep birds, rodents and other animals from getting inside the chimney or home. In addition, the chimney cap helps contain stray sparks which might otherwise make their way to the rook and start a fire. Over time, the chimney can begin to breakdown. Mortar can crack, bricks can loosen. These and other damages can erode over time and make the chimney unstable, inefficient or even cause it to collapse. By having the chimney inspected each summer, problems like these can be caught early and repaired before they become a hazard for the homeowner. Other problems that can occur with chimneys include smoke or water entering the residence. In the case of smoke, the cause can be tricky to unearth. Everything from positive and negative air pressure in the home to your HVAC system can be affecting the smoke's flow. If water is the problem, waterproofing seals can be applied to the chimney to prevent further leaking and damage. In both cases, a trained chimneysweep from Advcanced Chimney Sweeps can investigate and determine the cause of the problem. Use the summer months to inspect and maintain any chimneys on the property. Any repairs can be done relatively quickly and without disruption to the regular use of the chimney. The chimney will be in tip top shape, come fall and winter, ready for safe, efficient use when needed.
Monday, May 1st, 2017Homeowners are often quick to perform the necessary repairs to make and keep their homes beautiful. However, it's easy to overlook one structural component that not only involves beauty, but safety as well: the fireplace chimney. Though the prevention of smoke or fire damage from a filthy chimney is the number one consideration, there are other good reasons to invest in a professional chimney inspection. As most homeowners know, creosote, a flammable, tar-like by-product of wood burning, can build up quickly in any chimney. Though the buildup depends on the frequency with which the fireplace is used and the type of wood burned, it's safe to say that in just one season a chimney can become a potential hazard. A professional chimney inspection easily reveals the problem, and the cleaning is efficiently performed. Another good reason to have a chimney inspection is to spot problems in the mortar, bricks, and roof flushing. Though most people associate chimney inspection with just cleaning, the inspector is also able to spot cracks in brick mortar that can lead to serious problems. Also, any interior and exterior brick damage is also surveyed to maintain the integrity of the chimney as a whole. At roof level, where the chimney exits from the attic, inspectors are also able to check for problems with the flushing, which are the materials used to fill in the space between brick and roof. Damage to any of these components can lead to structural safety problems over time. Chimney and flue cleaning is a safety step, but also corrects improper burning in the fireplace. Many homeowners notice over time that the smoke from a fire begins to vent less efficiently. During or after a relaxing winter fire, the smell of smoke may become particularly noticeable. These are signs that shouldn't be ignored since they are probably due to a buildup of creosote or other debris. To be on the safe side, it's best to have a yearly chimney inspection. These are often best performed in the spring and summer months so that identified problems can be fixed before fireplace season begins. This regular preventive maintenance has the additional benefit of saving money in the long run. This year, when the snow begins to fly, relaxing near a fireplace will be even more pleasurable with the reassurance that the chimney is in working order.