Why You Should Have Your Chimney Cleaned Regularly

February 10, 2020 | Chimney Basics

Your fireplace provided you with numerous cozy fires during the chilly winter nights. Now, the the weather is getting nicer and it’s time to clear out all the ash and soot in your chimney. Many homeowners think they can just burn a self-cleaning log and move on, but that’s just not the case. The best way to clean your chimney is to call in the professionals. Luckily, Chimney Champions makes chimney cleaning easy and hassle-free, clearing your stack of all the fire hazards that you could face the next time you light a log.

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Ropes Training – Raising the Standard of Safety

July 7, 2019 | A Day in the Life

Long time, no updates! We have made it a top priority this year to attend as many hands on training classes as possible to stay at the top of the industry. One of the most important classes we have attended so far this Summer is ropes training and safety. Jim Brewer is a legend in the chimney sweep industry and our team recently made the visit to train with him at the Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The two day class went over basic safety precautions, proper ways to protect a clients roof while using ropes, knots, and most importantly hands on training at the Academy. The reality of our industry is that most sweeps are inspecting a home or performing a repair alone. Using the old style OSHA safety harness, if you fall off a roof alone you have no way to self rescue … Continued

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International Meeting of the Chimney Sweeps – Val Vigezzo Italy 2019

April 8, 2019 | A Day in the Life

If you just happen to be in Italy between August 30th and September 2nd, don’t miss the International Meeting of the Sweeps! Chimney sweeps from around the World meet in the Vigezzo Valley to celebrate the past history and future of our profession. Although chimney sweeps have been around for centuries, this will be the 38th meeting in the Valley of the Chimney Sweep. Expect to see over one thousand sweeps throughout the meeting, some performing reenactments with historic tools! If you do find your way to Italy this time of year, make sure to say hi to Mike the Chimney Guy 🙂

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Inspection of the Week – Rainy Season Water Intrusion

April 8, 2019 | A Day in the Life

April showers might bring May flowers but it also can bring water into your home. In one of my recent inspections I found a large amount of water entering a chimney chase from just a small area right next to the flashing. First, take a look at what the area looked like from the exterior: First thought, not much to see right? Now let us take a look inside of the chimney chase.. This chimney inspection potentially saved the client thousands of dollars in potential repairs. Know what and where to look is part of a chimney sweep’s profession so always hire a CSIA Certified Sweep whenever you purchase a home.

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Spring Cleaning Savings

April 1, 2019 | Inspections

April flowers bring May showers! But that’s not all that comes along with the Spring. All those lovely fairy tale critters are now coming out of the woodwork (literally!) and looking for a new place to call home.Don’t leave your home vulnerable to water and animal intrusion, which can lead to a multitude of health & safety issues – not to mention taking a big chunk out of your wallet!A seasonal Specialty Inspection with Chimney ChampionsŸ is a great way to make sure your chimney system in optimal shape, and to address any issues BEFORE they get out of control!  The Specialty Inspection is a full inspection of the chimney system and fireplace, with use of Infrared Technology and aerial drones. Specialty Inspection does not include Sweep.SPECIAL OFFER…*For a limited time, when you schedule your Specialty Inspection with Chimney ChampionsÂź, you can add a Sweep onto your service for only $50!Contact Chimney ChampionsÂź … Continued

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Chimney Care – Masonry Smoke Chambers

March 25, 2019 | Technically Speaking

Just above the visible area of your fireplace is a smoke chamber that aids in efficiently removing smoke from your home. While newer homes typically have smooth (parged) smoke chambers which are much more efficient, older fireplaces have a stair step pattern and are more likely to build up creosote. This informational video from HeatShield explains the differences and how they impact the performance of your fireplace and chimney system: If you need to have your smoke chamber parged, be sure to contact a CSIA Certified Chimney Professional to ensure proper repairs. Parging your smoke chamber is a simple fix and will not only produce a more efficient system, but will also bring your fireplace up to current IRC and NFPA211 standards.

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The Disappearing Chimney Sweep

March 17, 2019 | A Day in the Life

Here is an interesting read from the New York Times about the lack of chimney sweeps in Paris. This is a common concern not only in the US, but throughout the world. If you are interested in becoming a chimney sweep, feel free to reach out and I can help steer you in the right direction. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/lens/the-disappearing-chimney-sweeps-of-paris.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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Brr! It’s cold outside, but these savings will warm your blood!

March 5, 2019 | Promotions

Brr! Feel that cold chill in the air! It seems Florida missed the memo that Spring is around the corner. But not to worry – Chimney ChampionsŸ has got you covered!We’re giving you *$30 off your next scheduled service to get you feeling all warm and cozy again!Contact us at 904-268-7200 today, and mention “WARMER” for your savings!*Limit one per household; may not be used on previous orders.Offer valid on new sweep/inspection orders scheduled by 3/31/2019.

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Ethanol Fireplaces

February 28, 2019 | Chimney Basics

What are Ethanol Fireplaces? Ethanol fireplaces are a ventless decorative fireplace that use bioethanol as the fuel source. Bioethanol is made from fermenting the sugar and starch components of organic matter so it is a eco-friendly. When using this style decorative fireplace, the UL listing of the product indicates that they are safe for use without a flue or chimney. Ethanol Pros and Cons Pros – When using most ethanol fireplaces, they do not produce soot or smoke so the system and your home remain clean after use. Ethanol fireplaces can be used in homes that were not originally designed with a fireplace. With the addition of an ethanol fireplace, you can have the ambiance but will not have to design a flue system. Also, the lack of venting system allows for unique designs such as the system below. Cons – While ethanol is considered a cleaner burn than typical … Continued

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Sneak Peek at a Level II Chimney Inspection

February 25, 2019 | Information

People contact Chimney ChampionsÂź 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 SweepsÂź 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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