If you want to ensure that your chimney is safe and ready for use this winter season, it is important to invest in chimney cleaning before you crank it up with a nice fire. A dirty chimney can be a serious fire hazard for you and your family, and it can be a lot more likely to make a mess. However, after your chimney has been properly cleaned and inspected, you’ll be able to use it to keep your home nice and cozy all winter long without a worry.
Before you have someone out to inspect and clean the chimney in your New Jersey home, however, you should prepare for the job. These are a few steps to take before a professional comes out to your home.
Make it Easy
If at all possible, you should make it as easy as you can for your chimney cleaning crew to get the job done. This can help you have your chimney cleaned more quickly and affordable. Ensure that there is enough room in your driveway for your chimney cleaning professional to park his or her truck, since he or she will need to get to it to get important supplies and equipment. You should also make sure that someone will be home to let him or her in; even though most of the job will be done outside, your chimney cleaning professional may need to access your fireplace.
Avoid the Mess
One thing that you might be concerned about is your chimney cleaning company making a big mess when getting the job done. A1 Everlast strives hard not to leave you to deal with a lot of soot in your home, but due to the nature of the job that is being done, there is always a possibility. Luckily, following these tips will help provide you with peace of mind and will make clean-up easy:
- Throw down drop cloths to cover up your flooring and furniture.
- Move any particularly valuable items or items that cannot be easily cleaned out of the room that the fireplace is in.
- Make a path throughout your home — from your fireplace to the front door, side door or other most commonly-used entrance to your home — so that both the workers and you and your family can get in and out without tracking soot. You can make this path with pieces of flattened cardboard, old rugs or towels that you don’t want anymore or carpet remnants that you pick up from a carpet store.
- Close off the HVAC vent in the room in which your fireplace is located.
As you can see, preparing for chimney cleaning is easy. At A1 Everlast, cleanliness is our goal when it comes to chimney cleaning and we aim to make it as simple and painless of a process for our customers as possible. If you are ready to schedule an appointment to have your chimney cleaned, contact us today.