For most Ozaukee County homeowners, spring, and certainly summer, is the finish is soon … of fireplace season, that is.
A lot of homeowners in Ozaukee County shut the flue for a few months in March or early April. Before doing so, ask yourself: Isn’t this a perfect opportunity to ensure the chimney is good to go for October or November, when the fireplace is relit?
Yes, for a big reason beyond the usual precautions 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 place in Ozaukee County. Unlike Uncle Sam, the certified, experienced professionals at Quality Fireplace want to leave more cash in your pocket.
A chimney scan is smart for a plethora of reasons. Identifying excessive creosote buildup can avert a dangerous chimney fire. Detecting cracks or gaps in flue tiles allows repairs before the problem degrades and becomes more costly. The National Fire Protection Association recommends yearly chimney inspections for dwellings with wood-burning fireplaces.
A chimney scan uses a video camera to record a 360-degree record of your chimney’s state. If areas of concern are spotted, you’ll receive the photos via e-mail. You’ll also get an estimate for fixing the issue; a chimney liner is usually the easiest, most cost-efficient answer.
A chimney’s interior has to be relatively clean for the scan to work. A quick visual check will identify if your chimney needs sweeping; if so, the cost for chimneys in Ozaukee County is $199 to sweep masonry chimneys, and $150 for prefab structures.
The entire procedure of scanning and sweeping, if necessary a chimney can take a couple hours. Afterward, you’ll rest easy knowing your chimney is ready 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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