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Stay Safe Over the Holidays

With the busy-ness of the holidays, we sometimes forget that there can be holiday disasters as well. Because this is such a happysafety first time of year, it’s important to take special care to keep your home and family safe. If you own a fireplace, there are some safety tips that you can follow that will have your family and friends enjoying the fun and togetherness of the holidays with no worries. Of course, one of the most important things that you can do is make sure that your chimney and fireplace have been inspected and cleaned before the holiday season. If you haven’t had that done, give Chimney Care Co. a call and see if we can fit you into our holiday schedule. But there are other things that you can do to make sure that you have a safe, happy holiday as well.

Make Sure You Have Wood That’s Been Properly Cured

One of the things that you can do to make that your wood-burning experience goes well is to make sure that the wood you’re burning has been properly cured. When you cut a tree for firewood, a lot of moisture remains in the wood and it remains there for many months. That’s why it’s so important to use wood that’s been cut for at least six months, and even longer is better. Once you’ve cut your wood, you’ll want to split it and stack it, allowing air to circulate between the wood so it will dry out. If you cut your own wood, it’s easy to know how long your wood has been cured, but if you buy your wood, it’s not as clear. There are some things that you can do to make sure that your wood has been properly cured. First, check out the color of the wood. The lighter and grayer the wood, the longer it has cured. More cured wood will have less of a woody smell, and it will be lighter weight. There may also be cracks in the wood, especially around the edges, and when you clap two pieces together, it will ring rather than sound dull and thunky. As you burn wood, any remaining moisture will be released in the form of smoke. If your wood has been properly cured, it means that you’ll have less creosote buildup in your chimney, which means less chance of a chimney fire. Less smoke also means that your room will be less smoky, and that means a more enjoyable burning experience. A smoke-filled room can lead to irritated eyes and a hacking cough, as well as a scratchy throat.

Scope Out Your Room

Another thing you’ll want to do is scope out the layout of your room. Make sure that any pillows, cushions, or other furniture aren’t too close to the fireplace. The same is true for toys, magazines, books, or curtains. If any of these are too close to the fireplace, they might catch a random spark or ember and start on fire. At Christmas time, you’ll want to be especially careful of where you place your tree and gifts. A real tree can get dry, even if you water it faithfully every day, and a dry tree is a flammable tree. Presents wrapped in cardboard boxes and wrapping paper are flammable as well. Make sure your Christmas tree is far enough away from your fireplace to avoid it catching a spark and starting on fire. It’s also important to have a working fire extinguisher close to the fireplace, just in case a fire starts.

Make Sure Equipment is in Working Order

Speaking of fire extinguishers, just one by the fireplace isn’t enough. You should have working fire extinguishers by the fireplace, in the kitchen, and on each floor of the house as well as in the shop and laundry room. But there’s other equipment that should be in working order as well. You should also have working smoke detectors outside of each bedroom and on each floor of the home, as well as in the kitchen and garage. Another tool is a carbon monoxide detector. You should have one of these on each floor of the house as well, but avoid putting these in humid areas or too close to a fuel-burning appliance. Make sure to test the batteries at least once a month, and change them every six months.

Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

If you’re traveling during the holidays, or just going to lots of parties at night, there are some safety tips to follow as well. If you love to have your lights on, put them on a timer so that they aren’t on all night. Never leave a candle burning when you’re not around to supervise. If you’re away frequently, you might want to invest in a home security system. Another thing many people might not consider if traveling for the holidays is to avoid the temptation to post a lot about your trip on social media until you get back. If no one knows you’re gone, they won’t be tempted to try to break in and take some of your valued possessions.

Have a Happy Holiday!

All of us at Chimney Care Co. are proud and happy to have spent 2019 taking care of all our friends and neighbors in the greater Cincinnati area. We want to make sure that you all stay safe and happy through this holiday season, so be sure to follow these safety tips. Merry Christmas!

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All About Our Gas Products

There is no denying that gas-fueled heating products are easy to use, convenient, and mess-free. Along with this, they are known for being extra efficient, ensuring your living space stays as warm and cozy as possible, and they come in lots of size and style options, so finding the right fit for your unique tastes and preferences is never an issue.

All in all, gas appliances offer a modern, streamlined look to any home, and they don’t come with the mess, stress, and hassle that is involved with a wood-burning unit. They’re perfect for those with busy lifestyles, who may not have the time to commit to hauling and storing wood, scooping out ash, and building fires. Sound perfect for you? Give us a call, and we can set you up right in no time!

Now, we offer three types of gas products: fireplaces, stoves, or inserts. Learn more about each below, and please reach out with any questions you are experiencing. Our knowledgeable crew is happy to help!

Looking To Install A Fireplace?

Now, if you’re aiming for a traditional set-up and a more authentic feel, then a fireplace would be an excellent route to take. If you’re starting from scratch and you don’t have a chimney in your home, this is usually what we recommend. You are guaranteed a warm and relaxing ambiance without being forced to get off your couch and tend to a fire every so often, and we have countless design options from a long list of reputable brands, such as Hearthstone, Lopi, and more, so you are sure to find something to love in no time.

If you are new to the fireplace game, there’s no doubt that you have a lot of questions, and you may not know exactly where to begin. Just give us a call or reach out to us through our website. We’ll be with you from start to finish, so you are sure to be happy with your end product!

Interested In A Stove?

A stove also offers a lot of benefits. There is more flexibility in placement options, they are smaller in size, and they are known for being highly efficient. They also offer a great ambiance, and they come in a wide range of style options, whether you’re looking for something more simple and seamless or something more ornate.

Gas stoves are especially great for your home because they are simple to operate, and they will give your family the comfort they deserve on those cold, snowy evenings that are just around the corner. If this sounds like the best fit for your space, then reach out to our team. We’ll find the right model for your needs in a jiffy.

Would An Insert Work For Your Home?

Do you have an existing fireplace, but are interested in increasing efficiency or switching fuel types? Wood-burning fireplaces can easily be converted to gas fireplaces by adding an insert. These allow you to keep everything the same about the look of your fireplace, only you gain a lot more heat and there’s no more messing around with wood, ash, and smoke.

They also send out very few emissions into the environment, so you won’t need to stress about your carbon footprint, and they burn cleanly, too. All in all, this is a choice that most homeowners are very happy they went with. We only install products we believe in, so reach out as soon as you can to get something set up. Our crew is here and happy to help!

Finish Your Look With Gas Logs

If there’s one downside to switching to gas, it’s that you lose out on the more traditional vibes that a wood-burning unit is known to offer. It’s hard to match the sounds and smells associated with a real, crackling fire, but we offer gas logs that come very close. Our products look just like the real thing, and you can choose from a variety of options, too.

The products we sell here at Chimney Care Co. are made to match the look and texture of a real log as much as possible. There are all kinds of details in these models from charred areas to wood grains to knots and more, all of which ensure you get the pure, authentic feel you are aiming for.

Don’t Forgo Annual Care!

Now, many assume that, since gas appliances require far less maintenance on the part of the homeowner that they shouldn’t need annual inspections and regular care from a certified technician. This is far from true! Having a CSIA Certified chimney professional take a look is your best bet for avoiding bigger problems down the line, such as corrosion, gas leaks, cracks, decay, and more, and there are still many threats you could face even though you have a system that is functioning more efficiently than your previous one.

Get the care you deserve from our team of professionals today. We are certified with the CSIA, members of the HPBA, and winner of multiple awards from reputable sites like Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor. We are also accredited with the BBB, and our long list of 5-star reviews speak for themselves.

Ensure you are all set and ready for the holiday season by calling on our experts today. We’re eager to get started!

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Did You Know We Serve Northern Kentucky?

When you live and work in a community, you need to know what places to go for different situations. For example, if you need to get your car fixed, you should research the different shops that work best with your schedule and get the job done right. If you are looking to get a new carpet, you find a great flooring store and check out the deals and the service, then ask for advice before picking the right flooring treatment. And if you’re looking for a chimney company, check out the credentials, certifications, and memberships and then give them a call. If you live in the greater Cincinnati area, you know that the place to call is Chimney Care Co. But what you may not know is that Ohio isn’t the only area that we service. We take care of people’s chimneys and fireplaces in northern Kentucky as well!

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The professionals at Chimney Care Co. are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified, and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and National Fire Protection Association. This gives us access to the top training techniques in the industry. Beyond initial training, it also offers educational opportunities throughout the years, and access to knowledge of any new procedures or regulations that come up. This is invaluable because it ensures that you will have the best service and the best work in the region.

Another thing to look for in a chimney sweep business is variety in the services they provide. At Chimney Care Co. we can take care of your chimney cleaning needs, as well as inspecting your chimney, looking for any repair work or areas of leaking that need to be evaluated and repaired. We’ll clear out your creosote while also making sure that there are no blockages. But beyond taking care of your chimney and fireplace needs, we can also take care of clearing out your dryer vents.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Many people don’t understand how important it is to have their dryer vents cleaned. Even if you clean out your dryer’s lint screen after every load of clothes, there will also be some lint that gets through and starts to build up in the dryer vents, and that can cause less efficient clothes drying at best, and a dryer and home fire at the very worst. But when you call Chimney Care Co. you can be sure that your dryer vents will be clean and clear.

In Northern Kentucky, Call Chimney Care Co.

If you live in or around Cincinnati, Ohio, calling Chimney Care Co. makes sense. But our expertise isn’t limited to just Ohio! It’s only fair to the great people of northern Kentucky that they are offered the best chimney inspections and cleanings available, and that’s why not only are we proud to serve southern Ohio, we let the good people of northern Kentucky have the best service available as well! Give us a call soon to set up your chimney inspection and cleaning.

About Our Certifications and Awards

If you have a winning team, you’re going to have some papers to prove it. You would expect a mechanic to show certification, a teacher to show certification, and certainly a doctor must have accreditation. So if you want a chimney sweep that is a winner, you’ll call the company that has certifications and awards that prove they are on top of the game. If you live in southwest Ohio or northern Kentucky, then that company is Chimney Care Co.

Top Certification in the IndustryCSIA and NFI logos

When it comes to the top certifications in the industry, the leader is the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This organization offers a high level of training in all the techniques and technologies in fireplace and chimney inspection and cleaning. Certification by the CSIA means that our employees have undergone a six-day session of instruction.

Topics covered include:

  • operating chimney sweep equipment in order to get the top results in inspection and cleaning
  • the newest techniques to use to get the best inspection and cleaning out there
  • how to work safely while operating equipment and inspecting chimneys
  • how to get rid of creosote and other chimney build-ups, all while making sure your family and our employees are kept safe and healthy

Following the training sessions, our employees must go through a rigorous testing cycle which leads to certification. The great thing about CSIA certification is that it’s an ongoing process, Our employees have access to the continuing education offered by the CSIA.

Along with CSIA certification, our employees are also members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the National Fire Protection Agency, and the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, Each of these organizations offer training in several aspects of the chimney sweep industry, as well as access to publications and magazines that are up-to-date and reliable.

Awards

We’ve also received many awards that show that our service is tops in the industry as well. One that we are especially proud of is the Angie’s List Super Service Award. If there’s one thing we hold above all other things, it’s the fact that we leave our customers completely safe and satisfied. We also have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, which means our customers themselves have found our service to be exceptional.

If you are looking for a highly rated, customer approved company to take care of all your chimney care needs, look no further than Chimney Care Co. We have the certifications and awards to prove that we know the business!

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What Kind of Fireplace is Best for You?

Do you make up your mind right away when making a purchase or do you need time to research, taking days to find just the right product? If you’re like most people, it probably depends on what you’re buying. For most people, though, the larger the item, the more time you’ll take to make sure that you find the product that’s right for you. If you’re in the market for a new fireplace or are looking to upgrade your existing fireplace, come to Chimney Care Co. Our highly trained, knowledgeable staff will be able to advise you on exactly what type of fireplace will best suit your needs, whether that’s a gas-burning appliance, wood-burning, or a pellet burning device.

Wood Burning Appliance

A wood-burning fireplace has several advantages, and one of the big advantages is that it burns a natural substance that you can easily find. There’s something therapeutic about going out and cutting your own wood, stacking it so that it cures properly, and having a good supply available all winter long. Laying the wood just so, getting that fire started, and then keeping it going can also help you relax after a long day of work. The ambiance is a definite benefit of a wood-burning fireplace.

Gas Burning Appliance

If you love to relax in front of a fire but find the work that goes into it almost too much for what you gain, then you might want to think about installing gas logs. The biggest advantage of gas logs is the convenience they offer. All it takes is a flip of a switch and you’ll have a beautiful, natural-looking fire burning. With today’s modern units, you can even hook your gas appliance up to a remote and not even have to leave the comfort of your favorite chair to get a fire burning! If it gets too warm or if you’re just ready to turn in, turn your gas logs off and skedaddle off to bed. No cleanup, no waiting, just turn it off and forget it.

Pellet Burning Appliance

A third option to consider is a pellet burning appliance. A pellet burner burns compressed sawdust pellets, which are natural and good for the environment. This is an easy way to enjoy a fire, because the sawdust pellets are stored in a hopper and then augered into the burner, where they burn like wood. No hauling in wood or laying it precisely so that you can get a fire going. This option offers convenience and a natural burning fire.

Call Us Today

No matter which type of fireplace you choose, the place to go for quality advice and service is Chimney Care Co. Our professionals are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified and educated in all the latest techniques and regulations of installing the different types of heating appliances. We take great pride in our community and want every home to have the best service and the highest level of workmanship available. Give us a call today!

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