For most Ozaukee County homeowners, spring, and certainly summer, is the close is closing in … of fireplace season, that is.
The majority of homeowners in Ozaukee County shutter the flue for half a year in March or early April. Before doing so, ask yourself: Isn’t this a great chance to make sure the chimney is set for October or November, when the fireplace is relit?
Yes, for a big reason beyond the ordinary concerns of chimney safety and maintenance.
Until April 18 – yes, Tax Day – Quality Fireplace will forego the $100 trip charge for a preventive maintenance chimney scan at your Ozaukee County dwelling in Ozaukee County. Unlike Uncle Sam, the certified, experienced experts at Quality Fireplace want to leave more cash in your pocket.
A chimney scan is wise for a plethora of reasons. Detecting excessive creosote accumulation can avert a dangerous chimney fire. Identifying cracks or gaps in flue tiles permits repairs before the problem worsens and becomes more expensive. The National Fire Protection Association suggests yearly chimney inspections for residence with wood-burning fireplaces.
A chimney scan uses a video camera to record a 360-degree record of your chimney’s interior. If areas of concern are identified, you’ll receive the photos via e-mail. You’ll also get an estimate for fixing the problem; a chimney liner is usually the simplest, most cost-efficient answer.
A chimney’s interior has to be relatively clean for the scan to work. A quick visual check will determine if your chimney needs sweeping; if so, the price for chimneys in Ozaukee County is $199 to sweep masonry chimneys, and $150 for prefab structures.
The entire process of scanning and sweeping, if necessary a chimney can take a couple hours. Afterward, you’ll rest easy knowing your chimney is safe for fall fireplace usage; if fix-ups or maintenance are recommended, you’ll know the cost and extent.
Some might call this “peace of mind.” Add in the $100 trip charge savings, and “piece of cake” comes to mind, too. After all, who couldn’t use an extra hundred bucks around Tax Day?
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