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ANIMALS IN YOUR CHIMNEY

Sometimes animals can get stuck inside a chimney. Trust us, we’ve seen our share of dead birds, bats and squirrels over the years that end up clogging the flue or stinking up a living room, and are always happy to come on over and remove them so you can enjoy a fire with peace of mind. Once, we pulled out over 20 birds from a single chimney!

One possible solution to this problem is cutting back tree branches that reach the roof of the house, but this won’t keep birds from nesting inside your chimney, unfortunately. A Chimney Cap, which can be attached by a trained professional, is the best defense against this menace, and keeps all critters out – including racoons, which have been known to slide down a chimney and make themselves at home while the unsuspecting family soundly sleeps upstairs.

If you have dead animals in your chimney, or want to prevent it from happening, we would love to come on over and discuss the possible solutions with you. And if you’ve discovered a live creature lurking up there in the dark, call a professional to come and remove it.

February 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS

We had a job one day this past winter on a very cold day. A woman had called saying there were store-bought, do-it-yourself rods stuck in their chimney flue, and she wanted them taken out. So Mike and Scott headed out to check it out.

There was snow on the ground and on parts of the roof, but Mike figured the only way to get the rods out was by pushing them down from the top of the chimney using our rods. Three ladders later, and Mike was positioned to begin sending the rods down.

Scott went to the basement and waited by the tiny hole in the chimney for the jammed rods to be sent down.

So it began.

It wasn’t an easy job; the rods they had tried to send up were flimsy and ineffective, not to mention duct taped together so not to unclip. But eventually we got the rods from the flue, and were praised for our diligence and resistance to frigid temperatures.

The equipment we use is of the highest professional quality, and we have years of experience working on chimneys. Please call us with any questions regarding your chimney, and maybe you can save a few extra bucks by not trying to do it yourself and leaving it up to the professionals.

December 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

DON’T GET RIPPED OFF!

Many local Chimney Sweep companies are aware that the typical customer knows pretty much nothing about chimneys and chimney repair, and use this information to overcharge and perform work that doesn’t need to be done.

Not Family Chimney Sweep.

We pride ourselves in offering the lowest prices around and in our honesty towards the customer. We will never rip you off, and will never try and sell you equipment you don’t need.

Don’t get ripped off by these big companies who push unneeded equipment and do an inferior – not to mention more expensive – job on your chimney, and call us for all your chimney needs! We promise to give you the best rate possible!

April 16, 2010 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

WHY NO LADDERS?

Many customers wonder why the modern day chimney sweep doesn’t always go to the roof with a ladder when cleaning out the chimney.

It’s not because we don’t want to, it’s just that many times with the new equipment we use we don’t have to go on the roof. Simple as that.

New equipment has made it possible to do most all cleanings from right inside the house through the fireplace, using brushes and rods that attach and make it easier for us to clean inside the chimney.

But some times the job dictates that we go on the roof, so we need to use the ladders.

In either case, you’ll be happy to know we’ll clean your chimney with our experienced staff paying close attention to your every need.

April 14, 2010 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

SMOKE IN THE ATTIC

We got a call the other day from a couple living in the second floor of a two-family home who needed our help. They had returned one night recently to discover that the whole second floor as well as the attic was filled with smoke. Their downstairs neighbor had lit a fire, and this was the result of that.

The couple called the fire station to come and check it out, which they did. Not a fun time, we were told.

So we went over to the house to clean the downstairs fireplace and give the chimney a thorough inspection.

What we found out is that the chimney needs a new liner. That is what caused all the smoke to escape the chimney and fill the upstairs and attic.

If you are experiencing anything like this, please call us so we can come and check out your chimney and give you the best options for what needs to be done.

Because no one wants smoke in the attic.

April 7, 2010 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The Chimney Sweep is one of the oldest professions and he has seen his share of tools over the years that are used to keep families safe by keeping chimney’s clear and safe.

Here is what today’s Chimney Sweep brings with him on the job to do a routine cleaning:

There is always a ladder or two on hand in case the chimney has to be entered from the roof, but whenever possible for safety reasons the work should be done from the bottom.

Rods, which are connected together and sent up the chimney’s flue to clean it.

Brushes, which are attached to the first rod, in different sizes to fit snug inside the flue, clean the inside of the chimney.

A shovel, to pick up ash left in the fireplace.

A dry vacuum, with good strength, to suck up all the dust and debris that comes down the chimney while the brush and rods are cleaning.

Goggles and gloves, of course, to stay safe and clean.

Various tools, to take out rusted dampers and remove chimney caps and attach chimney top dampers when needed.

And last but not least, smiles!

March 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

SOME THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CHIMNEY SWEEPS

Chimney Sweeping is one of the oldest professions in the World, so it isn’t a surprise that over the years the Chimney Sweep would hold some sort of presence in different cultures.

For instance, in English culture, it is considered good luck for a bride to see a Chimney Sweep on her wedding day, and many Sweeps actually hire themselves out for weddings. Huh? Okay, so that’s a bit weird, but the British also feel that shaking hands with a Chimney Sweep, as well as being blown a kiss by one, is also considered to bring good luck.

A popular German New Year’s gift is, yeah, you guessed it, an ornament depicting a Chimney Sweep in his traditional outfit which includes an all black suit with gold buttons and a top hat that usually accompanies flowers or candy.

Croatians also believe that the Chimney Sweep is good luck, and if you pass one in the street you should rub one of your buttons.

And finally, Bulgarian Chimney Sweeps are required to carry on them proper identification stating their profession, because of the equipment they use.

March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

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