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End of Winter Service

It’s officially spring, which means warmer weather. By the end of winter, many homeowners are downright tired, but it’s important to take care of your fireplace and chimney system to close out the season. Luckily, a professional chimney sweep company has you covered. Your end-of-winter services are just a phone call away!

Chimney Sweeping

After a long winter, one of the most necessary services is the chimney sweep. Each day and night your fireplace was burning for these last few months, soot and creosote has been coating the inside of the flue system. The humidity of summer will mingle with the soot and creosote, causing less-than-satisfactory odors! You won’t have to breathe in these odors or chemicals when you hire a professional for the chimney sweep. Our sister company, Total Chimney Care, provides chimney sweeping services to our service area. It’s one of the most popular services for spring-for good reason! Homeowners who schedule regular chimney sweeps see better results from their appliances, including more efficient fires. Leaving creosote in the chimney can break down the materials in your fireplace while posing a serious fire hazard the next time you light a fire.

Chimney Inspection

A lot can happen with your chimney system during one burn season. For example, small problems can turn into a major hazard. This may go unnoticed until it’s seen by a professional. That is why inspections are so important. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend annual chimney inspections for the safest and most efficient chimney possible. Many homeowners choose to schedule an inspection during spring to ensure it’s ready for fall, to avoid any water damage from “April showers”, and to use tax refund money to pay for necessary repairs that may be identified. You don’t have to schedule your inspection this spring if you’ve had one in the last 12 months, but it’s important to have one annually. If you’re waiting until fall to schedule your inspection, make sure you schedule ahead to beat the fall rush.

Repairs and Waterproofing

If you have noticed a problem with your fireplace appliance or with your chimney, now is the time to have it repaired. You should never wait to have chimney repairs completed. During winter there may be a fire risk, and during spring and summer you may be allowing water into the system. Scheduling spring-time repairs can prevent damage from occurring this spring and summer while giving you time before burn season to pay for major repairs.

Ask your chimney sweep about waterproofing services. Completed in one simple appointment, waterproofing doesn’t change the appearance of the masonry, but puts an invisible barrier between the masonry, and the weather. This specially-formulated sealant will allow your chimney to continue working properly, while adequately protected from water.

Not sure what type of service your fireplace needs? Call a Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame or stop by today.

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Professionally Install Your New Fireplace or Insert

Professional New Fireplace Image - Milford CT - Cozy FlameSo you think you’ve found your dream fireplace? You’ve put in the time price checking, learning about different fuels, different appliance efficiency, possible installation hangups, and day-to-day ease of use. You’ve weighed the pros and cons and you have picked the fireplace that’s right for you. Now what?

It’s a common misconception that any homeowner can install his or her own fireplace. While it may be possible, it isn’t recommended for many reasons.

Fire Safety

There is an entire industry surrounding fire safety. For this reason chimney professionals are seeking credentials from the Chimney Safety Institute of America, now an industry standard. It’s CSIA’s mission to put the safety and warmth of homeowners above all else, and to do this by providing expert services based on training and experience, as well as educating homeowners on fire safety.

Why Hire a Professional

CSIA certified chimney sweeps are the best in the industry. They adhere to a stringent code of ethics  designed to protect homeowners from scams, and to offer them the best services available. It’s because of this code of ethics that The Cozy Flame recommends and sells appliances and products that are the best in the industry because we want all of our customers to be safe and warm, to experience a positive shopping experience, find their dream fireplace, and for it to operate according to their needs for comfort and efficiency. For these reasons we also recommend only professional installations. Only a CSIA certified chimney sweep can properly install your new fireplace or insert according to manufacturer’s guidelines every time, make professional recommendations about location, refractory walls, and chimney maintenance.

The Cozy Flame recommends Total Chimney Care  for all of your chimney needs. The level of professionalism and expertise you will receive from a Total Chimney Care appointment will have you calling them for not just installations, but also chimney sweepsinspections, repairs, and more.

You wouldn’t hire just anyone to replace your car’s transmission, so don’t hire an amateur to install valuable components in an intricate system like your chimney and fireplace. Hire the professionals that will put your safety and comfort first every time. Hire a local, Veteran-owned business that has been in operation and has been serving in Milford, Connecticut and surrounding areas for over twenty years!

During a standard product installation you can expect a technician to meet with you every step of the way in order to provide you with your dream fireplace. Your Total Chimney Care technician is abreast in building codes in Milford as well as surrounding neighborhoods and always follows the safety standards of the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 211. Check with your homeowners insurance provider. They may require your appliance is installed by a certified chimney sweep. This is a common requirement because professional installation lowers risk of fire, raises efficiency, and means a longer life for your fireplace and chimney system.

Don’t attempt to install your own fireplace or insert. Hire a professional today by contacting Total Chimney Care.

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Get Your Stove Ready To Light – Have Your Chimney Swept Now!

Have Your Chimney Swept Now Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameWhether it heats a single room, a small cabin, or an entire home, stoves are classic heating appliances that have gained new life in the modern fireplace industry. With a number of choices in size, style, and fuel, stoves are no longer for rustic hunting lodges deep in the woods.

As many stoves are used as primary heating appliances, regular maintenance and cleaning is an important part of ensuring your family won’t literally be left out in the cold once winter arrives. This year, make sure your stove is ready to light when fall and winter arrive by having the chimney swept now!

Do stoves still need their chimneys swept?

It is a common misconception that stoves do not need to have their chimneys swept. In fact, the opposite is true; because stoves are often used as primary heating appliances, they often need to be swept more than once per year! How often your stove’s chimney needs to be swept depends on a number of factors including the fuel source being burned, how often it is used, and the age of the stove itself.

  • Fuel source: Different fuel sources have different chimney sweeping requirements. A wood burning stove produces more creosote than other fuel sources and therefore may need to be swept more. However, gas stoves still need to have their chimneys swept; because gas can produce an acidic and corrosive byproduct of combustion, the chimney should be regularly inspected to check for signs of damage to the chimney liner.
  • Stove use: While an annual sweeping and inspection is recommended for all stoves and heating appliances, stoves that are used as a primary heating appliance may need to be cleaned more. As a general rule wood burning stoves should be swept any time there is 1/8 of an inch or greater accumulation of soot; this amount typically occurs after a cord of seasoned firewood has been burned. If you use more than this amount of wood in a single season, your stove’s chimney may need to be swept twice to keep it operating safely.
  • Age: All modern heating appliances – including stoves burning all fuel sources – are monitored and regulated by the EPA to ensure current emission standards are being met. Because older stoves burn less efficiently, they may need to be swept more often in order to remain clean, safe, and functional.

Get your stove’s chimney swept now!

Now is the perfect time of year to have your stove’s chimney swept! By having the chimney swept now, you can avoid the fall rush and be ready for the arrival of fall. Likewise, scheduling before the busy season arrives allows you to get your chimney cleaned faster with shorter wait times and more convenient appointments.

Having your stove’s chimney swept now ensures it is clean and ready to use when the first cold snap arrives. Need a new stove? Come check out the best the industry has to offer at The Cozy Flame showroom. Need to have your stove’s chimney swept? Call the chimney technicians at Total Chimney Care today!

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