4 Factors to Consider When Hiring a Chimney Professional

April 22, 2020 | Chimney Inspections

Your chimney is an essential part of your roof and the structure of your home. Different components of the chimney work together to keep smoke out of your home and prevent rain and wild animals from getting in. At Chimney Champions, we understand how important regular maintenance and repairs are for your chimney. While choosing a chimney professional to inspect your home may seem rather straightforward, several key factors need to be taken into consideration.

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Sneak Peek at a Level II Chimney Inspection

February 25, 2019 | Information

People contact Chimney Champions® every day looking for a service to their fireplace/chimney.  But not everybody realizes that there are different levels of service that we offer!  To help provide a better understanding of what takes place during some of our services, we’re going to provide you with an inside look at a Level II Inspection and Sweep.During our inspections, our CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweeps® perform a visual assessment of every safely accessible area of your chimney system (in your attic, crawlspace, roof, etc).  In the first picture (below), you can see lead technician Michael Wood assessing the chimney flue for ‘clearance to combustibles’ – very important for fire-prevention!  When accessible, we also look for proper installation and clearances around the firestop in the attic – an area that is often overlooked, but can be a serious hazard.  The flue liner often comes with a label that can be found on the outer flue … Continued

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Lower Temps, Higher Risk!

January 22, 2019 | Information

When it’s chilly outside, it’s nice to make your home warm inside.  This is the time of year when everyone looks to use their fireplaces for quick warmth and relaxing ambience.  Unfortunately, however, this is also the most common time of year for house fires caused by dirty fireplaces. Just this past weekend, Savannah Fire Rescue had to cut holes in a Tatem Street home to put out a chimney fire. The fireplace was dirty, and long overdue for a professional cleaning and inspection; however, it was used anyway.Firefighters everywhere see this sort of problem more than you may realize – even in Florida!This is a common danger that can be easily prevented by having your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected by a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep, and making sure it is safe BEFORE using it. Call Chimney Champions® at 904-268-7200, or book online to schedule your service today!

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DIY Chimney Sweep – Tips For Cleaning Your Fireplace

October 10, 2018 | Information

You should always hire a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® to perform annual services on your fireplace.  But what do you do in between those regular services? Some of the reasons to hire a professional:   Chimney-cleaning is a obviously a very dirty job, but it’s also a dangerous one!  There is great value in hiring a qualified and skilled Chimney Sweep who possesses the proper training and experience, and who uses state-of-the-art tools to ensure this work is done properly.  You can avoid the risk of injury or illness (the nasty stuff you can breathe in is no joke!) by contacting Chimney Champions® today!At Chimney Champions®, we want you to always put safety first.  THESE ‘DO-IT-YOURSELF’ TIPS SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN PLACE OF PROFESSIONAL SWEEPS, BUT ARE RATHER TO BE USED AS HELPFUL INFORMATION TO REFERENCE FOR IN BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS.  If you are going to perform supplemental cleanings to your fireplace … Continued

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September 12, 2018 | Information

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 6, 2018 IS NATIONAL CHIMNEY SAFETY WEEK!According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are over 20,000 residential chimney fires each year, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs… AND PREVENTABLE INJURIES AND DEATHS!Keep your dryer vents clean, always make sure your home has Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors, and change their batteries regularly!  You should always keep fire extinguishers in your home, but be sure to check them periodically for recalls! While fire is an obvious danger that we should all take seriously, it is not the only hazard to our fireplaces.  Click here to check out one of our recent blog posts, and see for yourselves just how bad a system can get when vulnerable to animal intrusion.These are some of the reasons Chimney Champions® wants to help you protect your home and family.  Be sure that your fireplace is CLEAN AND SAFE before using it this … Continued

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Chimney Crown – Chimney Cap – Chimney Cover… What do they all mean?

September 1, 2018 | Information

You may have already seen the recent Chimney Champions® blog posts discussing the differences between a CHIMNEY CAP and a CHIMNEY CHASE COVER.  But what about a CHIMNEY CROWN?…Despite what its name may lead you to believe, crowns are not just for fancy chimney systems!  A chimney crown is a concrete or masonry slab, and its purpose is to seal off the top of a chimney.  While crowns do provide great protection to the systems when present and in good condition, a Chimney Cap is still a very necessary component.It is important to know that not all systems are the same.  Different chimneys will have different styles and sizes of caps and other parts.  And not all chimneys have chimney crowns.One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to a proper-functioning chimney and fireplace.  To make sure YOUR system is in the best possible condition, click here to contact … Continued

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This is Your Chimney on Dookie!…

August 20, 2018 | Information

At Chimney Champions®, we frequently get calls about things not working properly.  During one of our recent calls, a client indicated that for some reason, they couldn’t get their damper to open.⊗ WARNING! ⊗ The pictures below are not for the faint-of-heart!During the course of our inspection, we found that our client’s damper was wedged shut due to the amount of “debris” left behind by Chimney Swifts.  That’s right, folks!  “POOP.”  “DOOKIE.”  “NUMBER TWO.”Call it whatever you want – either way, it’s nasty stuff!The picture on the bottom-right shows some of the chunks that came out from the client’s smoke chamber and damper area.  A total of THREE trash bags and SIX vacuum bags were used to clean up after the little guys.This excrement is extremely hazardous to your home AND your health!Birds aren’t the only things that can make their way into your chimney; Raccoons, Rodents, Bees, and plenty more environmental elements … Continued

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