Well, of course, we all did, but human nature is such that most of us will “put off until tomorrow” what we could do today. That’s just the way it is. You know it; we know it, and it’s ok.

So here we are staring cold weather in the face and we still haven’t done the deed. We haven’t gotten the chimney, fireplace, wood stove or gas logs ready for the burning season. What to do?

Just breathe.

First thing is — know that short of a miracle or somebody’s sick family (causing them to have to reschedule), you’ll be waiting a few weeks for an appointment if you want your service taken care of by more than a seasonal part-timer. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the good companies will have a plan for this. They will work to move you forward to a sooner spot with the first schedule change that allows an opportunity to do so. We certainly do!

Next thing is – if a company is what you want in a service company, take their first available appointment spot. Even though it’s a longer wait than you want, just “bite the bullet” and take it. You might get a call the same day to move you up. It’s been known to happen. Schedules are notoriously fluid. Things happen all the time that make folks change their appointments around. We moved one fine fellow 3 times in one day!

Last thing to remember – It rains. Yep — with cold Winter weather come dreary, rainy days. Along with that rain — there are complications.

  • Rain and metal roofs don’t mix. It’s dangerous.
  • Thunderstorms and roof work don’t mix. That’s dangerous, too.
  • Rain in SC makes mud. We don’t do mud in your house.

Now if the rain is a slight on-and-off drizzle, we can handle that (unless you have a metal roof). We have procedures (and equipment) to handle a bit of damp (booties for our feet and runners & dropcloths for our stuff). But if it’s gullywashing, we will likely need to reschedule your appointment. And if we have to reschedule, we do everything we can (even work longer days and maybe an occasional Saturday) to get you rescheduled ASAP!

Extended Hours

Speaking of Saturdays – no, we don’t usually work Saturdays. Right now, the CSIA certified techs we have (and we like our techs because they are really good and we like to keep them happy) prefer not to work Saturdays. They have families and that’s where they usually are on Saturdays – with their wives and children — making their families strong. However, as mentioned, they will make exceptions when we absolutely have no other choice than a Saturday to get our weather-disrupted appointments managed.

So make a note –

  • Call now – the sooner you book an appointment, the sooner we can move you forward.
  • Secure a spot on our schedule – with that appointment comes a promise to get your service done as soon as we possibly can.
  • Try to be patient — Please know that we will be working as hard as we can to get your hearthside ready.

We know that life in the Winter is better with fire and we are striving to help you keep it in its rightful place in your home! We sincerely wish you and your family a Great Winter Season!
~the Staff of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth!