Chicago, IL based Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration recently announced that they are offering competitive Chimney Cleaning Services throughout the summer. “While most people start their spring cleaning in April, they delay taking care of the chimney because they still want to enjoy an evening by the fire. We’re delighted to offer competitive pricing through the summer months by scheduling now, so they can tick it off their list of things to get done before they need to light a fire in the fall,” said Vince Saraceno, Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration.

As long as homeowners are sure that there is no damage from winter storms, there is no harm in delaying the actual cleaning itself. “We include a Level 2 NFPA Inspection with each chimney cleaning in order to ensure the highest quality service. We will be delighted to provide a quote for cleaning and any other services that homeowners desire. We always recommend that homeowners call in a profession to clean their chimneys,” said Saraceno.

Most homeowners know that to maintain the efficiency and safety of their chimney, it is important to clean it out on a regular basis. However, they are not always aware for the fact that failure to clean a chimney properly may be harmful to the health of all those in the household due to ‘creosote.’ This substance is the byproduct of burning wood that accumulates in the flue, resulting in unpleasant odors, damages, improper drafting, and every householder’s worst fear: a fire in the chimney itself.

Those looking for guidance will note that the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces be swept when there is a 1/8″ of sooty buildup, or sooner when glaze is present because this is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire.

When homeowners notice a bad smell from their chimney as the temperatures rise, it is often a sign of creosote deposits in the chimney. The odor is usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high, and the air conditioner is turned on. Having the chimney swept can usually reduce the stench, although a damper or other additional remedy is sometimes required.

A Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney SmartScan inspection uses a high tech video scan for all of the internal portions of the chimney, including the smoke chamber, firebox, chimney flue, smoke shelf, and damper assembly. Their specialist technicians look for any cracks in the clay tiles, any obstructions, signs of moisture, absence of liner, and anything else that can make the chimney harmful, dangerous or simply inefficient.

The external portion of the inspection focuses on the importance of the chimney crown, cover, brickwork and mortar, as well as any flashing. Their technicians are tasked with ensuring that that the structure will remain strong and that it will fully protect the chimney against water and any animals outside.

As a local business established in 1996, Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration knows all the neighborhoods, local customs, traditions and history of the areas they serve. They have earned a reputation for bringing extensive knowledge and experience to each and every project to fulfil their customer’s desires.

The company utilizes the most innovative products in the industry to give each customer the best fireplace that suits their decor. Those looking for a specific style will find that the company can provide BEST-Flex, Chamber-Tech 2000, Heatmaster, Rasmussen, SaverSystems, Smoktite, and Ventinox, as well as other reliable brands that have become industry standards.

Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and is a full service company offering a wide range of fireplace, chimney, and masonry services. They have more than 75 reviews across Google, Yelp, and Facebook from numerous customers delighted with the results and service they received.

Nicole F. of Chicago, IL gave them a 5-Star review, saying, “Really great experience for both a cleaning and a gas log install. Would highly recommend!”

Denise S. of Chicago, IL also gave Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration a 5-Star review, saying: “My experience with Chicagoland Fireplace has been great. Jennifer was very nice and responsive and Johnny, who actually installed my new gas fireplace unit, was phenomenal. He took his time installing a gas line and took the time with my husband and I to show us how it worked. You could tell this was not just a job for him but a life work. He demonstrated pride and integrity in his work.”

Those who wish to update their chimney cleaning schedules (including the inspection), or explore their options for remodeling their fireplace may contact Vince Saraceno, Chicagoland Fireplace & Chimney Restoration. More information is also available on the company’s website and their Facebook page.