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How can I GUARANTEE to get my Chimney Serviced BEFORE Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Why is it SO HARD to get an appointment BEFORE Thanksgiving and Christmas?How can I GUARANTEE to get my Chimney Serviced BEFORE Thanksgiving or Christmas- Spartanburg SC- Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps

  1. I know it seems early to be talking about these Holidays in August, but that’s a REALLY good question for RIGHT NOW! Here’s a couple of REALLY good reasons what that happens.
    Supply and Demand: The demand for services during the Winter season usually exceeds the supply of qualified technicians to perform the needed services. Kinda like trying to get your air conditioner fixed in July.
  2. Quality: Premium companies usually have the longer wait lists. Word gets around.


Regular users (weekly fires throughout the Winter season):
If it’s already Mid to Late Summer, GO AHEAD and get your service appointment set RIGHT NOW! You may still have a short wait, if you choose to book with a company that has a good reputation and has been around long enough to have a solid repeat clientele base. However, it’s a cinch that getting it done at the END of summer will have you ready to go when you want to use it for your special occasions – no waiting.

Holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas) users:
Call to make your appointment NO LATER THAN Labor Day. The longer you wait to call for an appointment, the longer you will wait for an appointment. It’s a fact of life in the chimney service world. With the premium companies, their procrastinator clients (the ones who don’t remember to get it done in the Spring) start calling in AUGUST because they know the drill. Truth is: by October you likely can’t get a definite appointment until close to Christmas – if you’re lucky.

Home Sales/Houses under Contract:
This is a hard one. There’s ALWAYS a limited window for the inspections to take place. The best thing to do is call AS SOON AS THE CONTRACT IS SIGNED and get on the waiting list and be as flexible as possible. Most professional companies will work hard to take advantage of any schedule changes that will allow them to get you worked in as quickly as possible — if you give them enough lead time. I know we do. It helps tremendously if we can have 2 to 3 weeks lead time during the Winter season.

  •  Note to Buyers: It’s important to get the recommended Level 2 inspection done if your purchase is contingent on having a working fireplace. This is especially important if there has EVER been a wood stove vented though a fireplace or into a masonry chimney.
  • Note to Sellers: Be as flexible as possible in providing access. While it might be scary, not knowing what will show up, professional companies know the difference between normal wear and tear and actual damage or construction defects that can impact usability.

Worst Case Scenario for everyone:
Pick the company you prefer to work with based on quality, training and experience. Take their first available appointment. Professional companies will work hard to get you moved sooner when they have pop-up openings due to schedule shifts. These companies are usually worth the wait.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth is proud to be one of those premium professional companies. Call our friendly office staff (864-682-5422) or email ( to set an appointment for your annual chimney service.

Is There Something Living in My Chimney?

If you are hearing strange noises in your chimney it may be a wild animal (such as a raccoon) that has taken up Is There Something Living in My Chimney- Spartanburg SC- Blue Sky Chimney Sweep-w800-h597residence.

The FIRST MOST IMPORTANT THING is — Do NOT build even a small fire to try to smoke an animal out of your chimney – you will likely only succeed in burning or killing the it!

To a wild animal an uncapped chimney resembles a hollow tree, and they have no idea that their “tree” is connected to a human’s house! Unlike a hollow tree, however, the inside of a chimney can be slippery and raccoons seem to be the only animals able to shimmy up and down it.

So…How do you tell the difference between a denning animal (such as a raccoon) and an animal that is stuck (like a squirrel or a bird)?

• Listen to the noise that the animal is making.

o A stuck animal is often frantic…

  • May scratch at the damper.
  • May flap its wings repeatedly in an effort to get out.
  • May fall down into the fireplace. (Even if it is able to get back up above the damper or onto the smoke shelf, it might not be able to get all the way back up the chimney.

o A denning animal is less frenzied…

  • May hear only occasional movement
  • May hear sounds of wild animal babies calling out to their mother.
  • Noises may follow a more predictable pattern.
  • Noises often occur only a certain times of the day.

OK…so if it’s Raccoons…

In spring and summer, chimneys and attics are appealing to mother raccoons as denning sites for raising cubs. The easiest thing to do and maybe the best solution is to wait a few weeks for the family to move out on their own. When the cubs are old enough to go on nighttime carousing with her, their mother will finally take them out of the chimney for good rather than carrying them back and forth.wal



Since mother raccoons clean their babies meticulously to avoid attracting predators, they look for quiet, dark and non-noxious smelling places to raise their young. If you create the opposite conditions, you can often evict them successfully.
• Close the damper and put a blaring boombox (remember those?) in the fireplace. Loud rap or rock ‘n’ roll music works best.
• Place a bowl of ammonia on a footstool near the damper.
Taking these steps JUST BEFORE DUSK increases the chances of success. Mother raccoons don’t like to move their cubs in broad daylight. Be patient, it may take a few nights’ work for the mother to move her family.


Call nearest Animal Sanctuary or Wildlife Rehab. Have them remove any critters out of the chimney.  Once the unwelcome tenants are gone, call a chimney sweep right away to install a chimney cap with an animal guard to make sure no new unwelcome guests move in.

Stay tuned for Animal Removal: Part 2 Is there something ALIVE stuck in my chimney?