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FIREPLACE REBORN!

There are many reasons why fireplaces are decommissioned.

  • Dust and debris
  • Too hard to get wood
  • Allergies
  • Damaged chimneyFIREPLACE REBORN! - Greenville SC - Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps

 

….and then there are some folks who just believe that a fireplace is an outdated and inefficient way to get heat for your home and prefer more modern technologies and the convenience of full

house systems. While it is true that most modern built fireplace are inefficient to use as a primary heating source, many who hold these “outdated fireplace” beliefs have never really experienced the comfort and satisfaction that comes from the warm glow of a roaring fire in the hearth.

Many of us who have — are hooked! If you are among the fireplace connoisseurs of the world, there are things you need to do to get your fireplace back into service BEFORE YOU NEED IT. If you wait until the week before you want to use it or (heaven forbid) the day before a winter storm is due to hit, you may find some insurmountable obstacles impeding your frantic efforts.

  • All the good chimney service companies are booked out for 3-4 weeks.
  • ALL the chimney sweeps in the world are booked a week or more out.

In short, BEFORE IT GETS COLD is the time to get your fireplace, gas logs and chimney checked out. Here are some good steps to take NOW.

  • Have your chimney and fireplace inspected and thoroughly cleaned if it needs it. Call a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. Lack of service is the primary cause of potentially dangerous buildup of creosote in chimneys. Chimney fires are NOT FUN and can cause costly damage to your chimney and possibly the rest of your home.
  • Make sure that your gas logs, stove fans, etc. all work well before the time comes to use them. Remember — a large part of “everyone else” will have waited till the last minute and will be vying for the same hard-to-find spots you will be looking for, if you wait.
  • Get your fuel lined up. Check your gas. Buy your wood now. Locate your pellet source.

These steps are a good idea even if you only plan to use your fireplace for special events. Remember those special times of year are pretty much the same for everybody. Let us – here at Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps and Bless Your Hearth – help you enjoy your hearth experience safely and with confidence. Schedule your fireplace, gas log and chimney services right away.

P.S. If you have an inefficient fireplace that you love and you are interested in more heat from your fireplace experience, ask us about it. There may be options for improving your hearth experience.

What Does OUR Being a Member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Mean for YOU!

Most people don’t know much about what really makes their home heating systems work. This would be true whether we have a standard HVAC system or if we operate a fireplace – either wood burning or with a gas appliance of some kind.  Most of us rely on professionals to check our systems out regularly and make repairs as necessary.We're Members of The NCSG! - Greenville SC - Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps

But if you are not having an active problem that causes you inconvenience, how do you know about any maintenance that could help avoid the really big potential problems that can take your fireplace or wood stove out of commission?

When it comes to fireplaces and chimneys, you can rely on the members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. This trade organization is non-profit trade association with the purpose of facilitating better business practices for their members.  They provide progressive business services, encourage professionalism and ethical accountability, and endeavor to advance the chimney service industry through public awareness of the trade.  Yes it is a “trade” — complete with apprentices, journeymen and master technicians. It is even recognized by the US Department of Labor as such.

Membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild indicates a real desire on the part of the Member to go the extra mile to exhibit professionalism and credibility in the practice of this most interesting trade.   Most Members find satisfaction in the rich and colorful history associated with Chimney Sweeping in America as well as the history of trade’s roots in Europe and Great Britain. As far as modern day applications, Members have access to regular business training and, if they choose to take advantage of the partnership with CSIA and NFI, the availability to participate in ongoing technical updates.   Maybe, more importantly to some, Members are required to sign and are held accountable to adhere to a Code of Ethics.  According the NCSG website, members pledge to:

  • Represent themselves and the company in a professional manner by providing services, education and skills that are in compliance with all codes and regulations applicable to the chimney service industry.
  • Continually update their knowledge, skills and techniques as new information evolves.
  • Render their services and represent their company in an honest and fair manner and to refrain from engaging in unfair or deceptive practices, including unfair or deceptive statements.
  • Conduct themselves in a decent, respectful, and professional manner when serving in the chimney sweep capacity.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth is proud to be a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and proudly displays their logo on our website. You can rest assured that when you call Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth to inspect and service your chimney, you will be getting a company dedicated to providing the Best People doing their Best Work for you — dedicated to professionalism and ethical conduct in the Hearth Service Industry.