Let something go wrong and you will find out how important your chimney really is!
Perhaps those who don't have a fireplace don't fully grasp the importance of the chimneys in their homes.
My daughter was one of them, guilty as charged. Her boiler stopped working for a very good reason, the chimney was plugged. She was lucky that nothing bad happened as a result of it. She called in Scott Waldron of Washington Chimney Sweep in New Milford, CT and he arrived the same day to clean the chimney.
After he inspected the chimney he told her the chimney needed a liner in order to keep them safe and to keep from having to rebuild the chimney. The chimney was showing signs of deterioration, but was still in good enough shape to avoid the expense and aggravation of having to install a new chimney.
He explained that trying to run your oil fired burner with a plugged chimney would be like sticking a potato in the tail pipe of your vehicle. Good visual there... kaboom!
He came back with his son Jason on Saturday morning to put in the liner. My daughters house was built in 1900, and the chimney is true to form for a house that old. It took them quite a while to get the liner inside, Scott explained to me that the older chimneys are not straight, they often have "steps" inside, and they are small.
The flexible liner, which is round, first has to be hammered to a more oval shape, then it is just a matter of skill and patience to get the liner to go down the older chimneys. It did take them a few hours to get the liner inside the chimney. He told me one old chimney took him an entire day, he has never not been able to get a liner down an old chimney. I was grateful my daughters house didn't break his streak!
I asked about maintaining a chimney that is only used for a heating system. He said it should be cleaned once a year, and with the liner it must be cleaned and inspected once a year to satisfy the warranty.
Looking around the neighborhood I saw the same size chimneys on just about all the houses... and I wondered if he would be getting any other calls and spending half a day up on these old roofs trying to maneuver a flexible pipe down inside the old chimneys. If the owners knew the risk of not taking care of their chimneys they will be calling right away! I saw some pretty sad looking chimneys as I looked around.
If you have a chimney of any type I would recommend a call to Washington Chimney Sweep, Scott has been in business since the 1980's and he knows his stuff. And his son Jason is following right in his footsteps. They service Litchfield & Fairfield Counties in CT.
I was only disappointed with one thing, they didn't sing "Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cherree..."
Don't ignore those chimneys. They may be out of sight, but it is very, very important to properly maintain them in order to keep your heating systems and fireplaces functioning properly and to keep you and your homes safe from fires and fumes.
And by the way, if you do have an older, unlined chimney, prolonging the agony out of fear is really only going to make it worse. Far better to put those liners in before the chimney deteriorates to the point you need a new one. The prices Washington Chimney Sweep charges are more than reasonable, no need to put it off. The cost of cleaning a chimney is around $125-$130. That is more than reasonable for the safety issue and peace of mind it will give you!
Washington Chimney Sweep in New Milford, CT and Aspetuck Chimney Sweep are one in the same, call them in New Milford, CT at 860.354.9407 or Newtown, CT at 203.426.6800. Their service is fast, friendly and they do know their chimneys!
A bit of trivia about chimneys. (I do love trivia) If you lived in a pre-chimney era, you would have had a fire ring on the floor (which would have to have been dirt), and holes in the roof to let the smoke out. People tried hoods, bays, then finally chimneys. With the invention of chimneys people could use their second floors as actual living space, not just a place to smoke your meat. For something we see very little of and think even less about, chimneys have made a huge difference in how we live.
Of course the chimney sweep has been around for a long, long time keeping our chimneys functioning at peak efficiency. And that is a very, very good thing.
And they also are not afraid of heights...
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
© Andrea Swiedler 2009 - 2017
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