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Be Smart: Schedule Chimney Service This Summer
Date:  7/27/2010
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July 27, 2010 - Plainfield, IN - In these warmer months, pools and lawn care naturally rise to the top of many annual home maintenance check lists and chimneys are left for the cooler months. No matter how counter-intuitive, scheduling an annual inspection of your chimney during the summer months can save many homeowners from experiencing frustration in autumn. Traditionally, Labor Day is the start of the busiest time of the year for chimney sweeps in cooler climates when scheduling service becomes more of a challenge.

Chimney sweeps get extremely busy in the fall; if you wait to schedule, you are not likely to get an appointment as soon as you might like,” said Ashley Eldridge, Director of Education for the Chimney Safety Institute of America. “By scheduling now, you will have time to complete any necessary repairs before the start of the heating season. Not to mention the peace of mind you will get knowing that your fireplace or wood stove is ready to go for those dark days of winter. “

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA.org) advises you to have your chimney and heating system inspected annually and be certain that the technician inspects furnaces for missing furnace panels and ductwork, or open cold air returns. If these situations exist in your home, they should be repaired. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org) also recommends that all chimneys be inspected on an annual basis by a qualified professional to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide hazards. The CSIA adds that the best choice for is a professional certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps have earned the chimney and venting industry's most respected credential by passing an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. They are also well-versed in the characteristics of fuels available for home heating such as wood, gas and oil. This knowledge allows them to expertly diagnose and solve chimney and venting problems. Locate a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in your area by visiting www.CSIA.org

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