As we get closer into winter, the temperature will start dropping quickly here in the Charleston area. The last thing you want to happen at this time of the year is for your chimney and fireplace system to not work properly.
1&2. WEATHER (1 – RAIN AND MELTED ICE AND SNOW & 2 – HIGH WINDS)
Since the exterior of your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements of weather, it makes sense that the top two chimney destroyers are weather related. According to the CSIA, water is the greatest enemy of masonry chimneys, and this is why Ashbusters specializes in water penetration preventive services like waterproofing and chimney cap installations.
3. BIRD AND WILD ANIMAL INVASIONS
Unfortunately, birds, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and other wild animals mistake chimneys for trees when they are looking for a safe spot to nest. It is your responsibility to keep these critters out with a chimney cap that is equipped with mesh metal sides. When you have the right type of cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney, you do not have to worry about dealing with a wild animal living (and possibly dying) inside your chimney.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you will likely have creosote deposits built up on the sides of your inner chimney. These deposits can be very hazardous as creosote is extremely flammable. Developing naturally during the combustion process, creosote has been named by the CSIA as a leading cause of chimney fires. One of the most important reasons why you need to have your chimney professionally swept every year is to have the creosote deposits removed. This chimney maintenance service is crucial in reducing your risk of chimney fires.
5. LACK OF MAINTENANCE
Lastly, lack of maintenance can pose a large threat to your chimney’s structure but is the easiest issue for you to avoid. All you have to do is contact us at Ashbusters for any professional chimney need you may have. We are here to give you the best maintenance, repair, and installation services possible to protect your chimney against these five destroyers.
Trust the Ashbusters Charleston Team for All of Your Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance Needs
We have over 27 years of experience that we bring to Charleston and are a certified chimney sweeping company dedicated to keeping your chimney’s clean and safe. Along the way we have become an award winning chimney service with National Awards from Angies List and Service Select.
Our Sweeps believe in education and the list below is just a part of the memberships, education and associations belonged involved in to ensure ongoing education.
- Member National Chimney Sweep Guild
- Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America
- Southern Chimney Association Board Member
- Cultured Stone Masonry Instructor – Southern Chimney Convention
- Graduate of Pennsylvania College Advanced Fireplace Construction School
-Master Masons Chris Prior and Glenn Luse instructors.
- HeatShield® – Cerfractory Flue Repair- Factory Training Instructor
Training & Education
All of our certified chimney techs receive mandatory training from the Chimney Sweep Guild as well as the CSIA on an annual basis. This is just one of the reasons our techs not only do chimney sweeping but can also troubleshoot and locate current or potential issues throughout the appliance that either need to be replaced or repaired.
Whatever the chimney or fireplace problem, Ashbusters Charleston can help you solve it. While you may think what you are getting is a “chimney sweeper”, we can assure you, you will be getting so much more with Ashbusters Charleston Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services.
Ashbusters was recommended by several of our neighbors and we met them at a remodel fair. I booked our appointment with their customer service employee, Kim, and her professionalism and friendliness was unexpected and a breath of fresh air! I used to be in very high end hotel management and appreciate a polished customer service rep. She even confirmed our appointment a day prior. Chris came out to do the chimney sweep, they were fast, clean, he explained everything and was very friendly and professional as well! as promised, I got an email with invoice, pictures they took etc. I wholeheartedly recommend this company! They are excellent all around!
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.
Are you representing the home? We get a lot of real-estate managers, property managers and personal assistants that call for homeowners. Knowing who owns the home helps us to accurately save files and information relating to your services.
Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file and it speeds up the scheduling process.
Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.
What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced? (wood-burning fireplace, wood-burning stove, gas logs, etc)
How many stories is your home? What is the exterior of your chimney made out of? What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc)
*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.
We do not share the pricing of our services on our site. Because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc we can only give you an accurate price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about cost, please call our office and our team is happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and you can find confidence in our work through our happy customers.