Can Santa Shimmy Down Your Chimney This Winter?
Santa is generally depicted as a 300lb elderly man with a jolly of joy in his beard and voice. Every year, he somehow climbs down chimneys of every house around the world to deliver gifts to the good children and coal to the naughty children. To ensure Santa has a smooth way down, it is important to clean out your chimney once a year.
A chimney’s purpose is more than just providing a warm place to huddle around during cold, Michigan winters. A chimney’s job is to remove ashes, soot, and built up creosote (tar), in the smoke chamber. Creosote is one of the bigger worries as it is highly flammable and can build up in the chimney. The built-up tar reduces the fireplace’s ability to produce heat. Cleaning the chute will make housing operations safer, and you will thank your heating bill more if you do so.
According to the National Chimney Sweet Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a standard chimney inspection costs around $75. This inspection checks if cleaning is needed. Always find a chimney sweep service who is CSIA-certified. Reviews for these services can be found on Angie’s List. Inspection is recommended if you do not feel like spending the actual cleaning fees, which can range from $125 to $200.
Be safe for the holidays and get that chimney checked. Even if it is not used, chimneys should be inspected at least once a year. Big hint to households with a chimney, choose companies that provide lifetime warranty for their chimney material parts. That will save you money in the long run.
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