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The Importance of Chimney Caps

Chimney Caps Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepEvery homeowner knows that it’s important to have annual chimney inspections and cleanings. There are, however, other things that need to be checked out if you want to make sure that your fireplace continues to run efficiently and effectively. One of these things is a chimney cap. A chimney cap can save you money and headaches by protecting your chimney and your home from the dangers of fire damage, and the experts at Pozzi Chimney Service have the expertise and experience to get you the chimney cap you need.

Reasons For A Chimney Cap

Chimney caps hold a dual purpose when it comes to protecting your chimney. First, a chimney cap stops natural elements, such as leaves and twigs, from blowing into your chimney. Birds and other small animals can also get in your chimney; they find the enclosed space ideal for building nests. These blockages can catch sparks from your fire and cause chimney fires. Other natural elements, such as rain, sleet, and snow are also kept out of your chimney by a chimney cap.

A chimney cap is also necessary for stopping sparks from escaping from your chimney. If sparks are allowed to get out of your chimney they could land on your roof or even your yard and could cause serious fire damage.

What Kind of Chimney Cap Should You Get

You may be wondering what kind of chimney cap you need, and there are several kinds to choose from. The National Fire Protection Association gives insight into this question. A standard chimney cap can be fitted over different shaped chimney types (square, oval, round, or rectangular). Draft increasing chimney caps can be used on flat roofs; an adaptor is used to install this type of chimney cap if you have a masonry chimney. Draft master caps use wind to increase performance of the chimney flue. Integral damper mechanisms can be used in old fireplaces to cause a better draft, while top sealing fireplace dampers reduce heat loss and downdrafts. As you can see, there is a chimney cap to fit any homeowner’s needs.

Do You Really Need A Chimney Cap?

You may still be wondering if it is really necessary to either purchase a chimney cap or repair the one that you have. According the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimney caps are “probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.” You will want your chimney cap to be sturdily constructed of a corrosion resistant material. Inspection, cleaning, and repair of your chimney cap will be easier if the chimney cap is easy to remove. This inexpensive buy could be the smartest move you make to keep your home safe and protected from chimney fires.

Pozzi Chimney Sweep offers quality chimney cap maintenance, care, and inspection. If, after they have inspected your chimney, they determine that the cap was built with improper materials or was improperly installed, the professionals at Pozzi have the tools to rebuild or repair your existing chimney cap. And if rebuilding or repairing won’t take care of the problem, they have the know how to replace your chimney cap with a new one. For service you can trust, call the experts at Pozzi Chimney Sweep.

Keep Your Outdoor Fireplace in Top Working Condition

An Outdoor Fireplace Image -  Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepYou’ve remodeled your backyard, maybe added a new patio, a swimming pool, patio furniture. One item that’s becoming more and more popular in backyard remodels is the outdoor fireplace. There’s something about sitting outdoors in front of a crackling fire on a warm evening, roasting marshmallows, talking about old times that just can’t be topped. But special care needs to be taken to keep your outdoor fireplace in good working condition.

Outdoor Fireplaces –Weathering the Elements

One of the most obvious problems that outdoor fireplaces undergo is being constantly exposed to weather. Rain, wind, sleet, snow – all of these can cause special complications for your fireplace.
Just as with your chimney, your outdoor fireplace is subject to the freeze-thaw cycle. When precipitation permeates the mortar in your fireplace and then freezes, it expands, causing bigger cracks to occur. Over time, these cracks can cause structural damage to your fireplace, and major repairs will be necessary.

Damage Due to Settling

According to the Borst Landscaping and Design website, another source of damage to your fireplace can be ground movement and settling. Even though your fireplace is built on your patio or on a concrete pad, the ground under the concrete will continue to settle over time, causing cracks in the cement and to your fireplace. These cracks can make your fireplace look bad, but worse, may cause safety concerns as you use your fireplace.

Heat and Wind Damage

Another problem that can occur with your outdoor fireplace can be caused by the heat that it is exposed to. Heat and wind can cause the materials your fireplace is built from to dry out and crack or crumble. Again, this can be a serious safety concern.

Birds, Twigs, and Debris

Another problem that presents itself with outdoor fireplaces is the debris that can find its way into the chimney. This happens with the chimney for your indoor fireplace, but even more so in your outdoor fireplace because there are no protective walls surrounding it. Bird and squirrel nests, twigs, leaves, and paper and other trash can all be wind-blown into your outdoor fireplace’s chimney, and these can all increase the possibility of a chimney fire.

Annual Inspection and Cleaning

Just like your indoor fireplace and chimney, your outdoor fireplace needs to be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Although the frequency of cleaning can depend on the amount of times you use your fireplace over the course of the spring, summer, and fall, you should have your outdoor fireplace inspected on a yearly basis for safety and to keep your fireplace running efficiently. CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) recommends that inspection and cleaning is done on an annual basis.

The expert technicians at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are CSIA certified to take care of any and all of your outdoor fireplace needs. They take special care with each job they do, and take pride in offering quality service at a fair price. Call them today and let them show you what quality service looks like.

Schedule a Cleaning Today to Beat the Fall Rush

We all know how fast the summer can speed by. Vacations, visits to the local pool, picnics, hiking – all of these fun activities make the time fly. Before you know it, the leaves are changing color and there’s a cool chill in the air, and you realize you haven’t had your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned yet! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time left before the snow flies – but you should schedule your cleaning now!

Every Year?

Having your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned every year is a necessity, even if it wasn’t a particularly hard winter and your fireplace didn’t get much use. Although it may be tempting to let this slide, there are many reasons why this is not a good idea.

Creosote

First, when you use your fireplace, unburned wood particles, water vapor, tar, and other minerals are released. These particles, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) website, are known as creosote, and creosote is released into the atmosphere through the chimney. However, not all the particles are released; some actually stick to the inside of your chimney, and, over time, a build-up can occur. Creosote build-up is more likely to occur during heavy usage during a cold winter, but it can also occur during mild winters when fires don’t burn as hot and intense because these fires tend to smolder more, which can also cause a creosote build-up.

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Although it may not be visible to the untrained eye, your chimney may have structural damage caused by water damage. Although the bricks, stones, or blocks that make up your chimney can be damaged by water, the area that is especially predisposed to damage from the natural elements, such as rain, sleet, and snow, is the mortar between the bricks. This is because these liquids can get into the mortar, and when the temperature falls to freezing or below, the liquids expand and can cause structural damage that can lead to the need for major repairs.

Blockages

Your chimney offers a great place for dried leaves, sticks, and other debris to accumulate. Chimneys.com reports that birds and squirrels (as well as other critters) are attracted to your chimney because it offers a handy space outside of the elements to build a nest. Unfortunately, these nests and other materials can cause blockages in your chimney. This can cause the air that is supposed to be escaping from your chimney to be trapped inside your home instead. Worse, blockages can also catch sparks from the fire in your fireplace and cause a chimney or a house fire.

Pozzi Chimney Sweep For All Your Chimney Needs

These are some of the reasons it’s important that you don’t neglect an annual chimney inspection and cleaning. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are CSIA certified and highly trained to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and clean. Be sure to beat the fall rush and schedule your inspection and cleaning today so that you’ll be ready for the cool autumn days that will be here before you know it!

Do I Really Need To Have My Chimney Cleaned After A Mild Winter?

So, you’ve just experienced a very mild winter; your fireplace was hardly used at all, and you may find yourself thinking that maybe it would be okay to skip your yearly chimney inspection and cleaning. After all, if you didn’t use it much, there’s no real reason to clean it, right? Wrong! Here are a couple of reasons why.

National Fire Protection Agency Says So

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), National Fire Protection Agency Standard 211 states that “(C)himneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Although it may seem that there would be less reason for a cleaning because you’ve used your fireplace so seldom, it isn’t necessarily the quantity of time that you’ve used your fireplace, it’s the type of the fire that you get in a mild winter that is the real culprit.

Creosote Build Up

When you burn a fire during a mild winter, you may just be concerned about getting the chill out of the air, and not be too concerned about building up a hot fire. These smaller fires tend to smolder more rather than burn hot and steady. When you have a smoldering fire burning in your fireplace, creosote will build up more quickly.

So, what is creosote? When using your masonry fireplace by-products such as smoke, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbons, and more are released. The purpose of your chimney is to provide a passage to release these by-products into the air rather than into your home. As they move up your chimney, they cool and leave a residue behind which coats the inside of your chimney. This residue is known as creosote. Creosote that builds up in your chimney is a fire hazard and must be removed.

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Another reason that it is important to clean and inspect your chimney after a mild winter is because you are more likely to have animals build nests in your chimney when you aren’t using it as often. These nests can cause a blockage in your chimney. One major consequence of this could be a chimney fire; another may be that the dangerous gases that should be released into the air through your chimney may actually be pushed back into your home.

Who Should I Call For My Yearly Cleanings/Inspections

When looking to hire someone to do your yearly fireplace inspection and cleaning, it is recommended that you hire someone who has been certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep have been CSIA certified and National Chimney Sweep Guild certified. Pozzi Chimney Sweep has also received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for three years.

Make sure that you don’t neglect having your chimney inspected and cleaned every year, regardless if the winter is cold and snowy or warm and mild. And to make sure that the job is done correctly, call the professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep. You can rest easy knowing that your chimney will be clean and clear of debris, ready for next winter – which might not be so mild!

New Home Owners: Fireplace Tips

So you just bought a new home – and it has a fireplace in it! You’re looking forward to sitting in front of a fire roasting marshmallows in the fall and snuggling up in the warmth of a crackling fire on those cold winter nights. But before you lose yourself in those dreams, there are some tips you need to be aware of.

Water Damage

Be sure to check the exterior of your chimney for soft or crumbling mortar or flaking, peeling or cracking of the bricks. If these signs are present, it is possible that water damage is present. It’s important to take care of any damage that occurs as soon as possible so that more impairment doesn’t take place. If left unchecked, you could be in for extensive rebuild and repair work.

Chimney Caps

Check to see that you have a chimney cap that is in a good state of repair. A chimney cap is important to keep sparks from escaping from your chimney. Sparks that aren’t contained in your chimney can land on your roof or your yard and cause a fire. Another important purpose of a chimney cap is that it keeps outside elements such as birds, leaves, or twigs from entering your chimney and causing blockages that can block air flow out of your chimney. It will also keep precipitation out of your chimney. According to CSIA, “[C]himney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.”

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Make sure that you properly clean out the ashes after using your fireplace. If you don’t clean out your fireplace on a regular basis, an unpleasant odor can occur. Home Guides website that, at least four days after having a fire, you use a stiff brush to reach into the interior of your chimney to loosen any ashes that may be clinging there. Use the same brush to sweep the ashes that fall into a dustpan and then into a garbage bag. Take this bag out to the trash right away to avoid spilling those ashes.

Yearly Inspections and Cleaning

Most importantly, be sure to schedule yearly inspections and cleanings to maintain optimum benefits from your fireplace. When choosing a chimney sweep, remember to look for a company that has Chimney Safety Institute of America certified employees. CSIA certification is recognized as the gold standard in the chimney industry, and the chimney sweeps at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, Inc. are highly qualified and CSIA certified. With Pozzi, you are sure of getting great service at a fair price.

Waterproofing

Once an inspector has given your chimney a thorough inspection and cleaning, you may want to consider having your chimney waterproofed. If you choose this route, be sure to choose a qualified service, such as Pozzi Chimney Sweep, to perform this service. CSIA stresses the importance of using a product that will waterproof the exterior of your chimney while allowing the vapors that form from using your fireplace to escape. Pozzi Chimney Sweep uses ChimneySaver’s Water Repellant, a product that is designed especially for chimneys and is 100% vapor permeable, allowing water vapors to pass through bricks while protecting your chimney from leaks.

Following these tips will help you turn those dreams of s’mores and snuggling into reality!

Proper Storage of Firewood

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction you feel after spending an afternoon chopping and splitting firewood. It’s a hot, sweaty job, but the thought of the crackling, cozy fires you will be enjoying on those cold winter nights is well worth the effort. But improper storage of all that firewood can cause problems you don’t want to deal with.

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Whether you are cutting the wood yourself or buying pre-cut wood for your fireplace, you want to make sure that the wood has been seasoned, or dried, for a proper length of time. According to firewood.com, firewood that is not dry will burn poorly or not burn at all. Firewood needs to be dried for six months to a year to ensure a good fire. You can tell if your firewood is ready to burn in a couple of ways. First, look at it. Seasoned wood should be greyish and dry looking, and could have cracks or splits in the ends. Seasoned wood is also more light-weight than fresh wood. When you hit two pieces of wood together, seasoned wood should make a dull thunking noise.

Buy or Cut Your Firewood Early

Although these indicators can be used to determine if your firewood is properly seasoned, the best way to know is to buy or cut your firewood early in the spring before you intend to use it. If you do this, you will need to use proper storage techniques.

Where to Store Your Woodpile

It would seem logical to pile your firewood right next to the house for easy access. Who wants to go too far out in the cold in the subzero temperatures, right? Fight this temptation. Wood piles hold a natural attraction for insects and animals; the closer to your house your wood pile is located, the more likely that these critters will find their way into your home. If you do wish to have some wood next to your house, make it no more than a two week supply. According to Home Guides, it is wise to keep your woodpile at least 30 feet from your home.
It is also important to keep your woodpile dry. If your wood lays on the wet ground, it can become moldy or infested with bugs, and it will soon become worthless. Stacking your woodpile in between trees, under a canopy, or under a roof can help alleviate this problem. It can also help to stack your wood on a pallet to keep it off the moist ground. If you don’t have a place to put your firewood that’s under cover, you can place a tarp loosely over the pile, but don’t wrap it tightly or cover the ends – it is important that air can continue to flow through the woodpile to help keep the firewood dry.

How to Stack Firewood

When stacking your firewood, be sure to allow for airflow to reduce moisture entering the wood. Firewood-for-life recommends stacking the first layer of wood side by side, tightly enough to keep the woodpile stable, but not so tightly that air can’t flow freely. Tree bark provides a natural water barrier, so when stacking firewood, place it bark-side-up on the upside of the pile, and bark-side-down if it is coming in contact with the ground.

Proper storage of your woodpile will ensure a fire that burns hot, which will help keep your chimney clean and safe. However, yearly inspections and cleanings are still necessary, so remember to schedule these using a CSIA certified sweep, like the professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, Inc.

Beat the Fall Rush: Have Your Chimney Swept in the Summer

As fall weather approaches, many people begin to think of cozy fall and winter days. These thoughts will spur them on to get their chimney inspected and cleaned, so that these thoughts can turn into reality. Unfortunately, the phone lines may be busy. Why? Simply because so many people put this task off until that time of year! So this year, think ahead and schedule that inspection and cleaning for the summer!

House Fire - Aurora IL - Pozzi ChimneyWhy Inspections Are So Important

After a winter of using your fireplace, the inside of your chimney will need to be cleaned out. The chimney is the main passage of escape for the various fire extracts that are produced by your fire. Unfortunately, over the course of the winter a build-up of creosote can take place. According to the GuideOne Insurance website, creosote is a mix of water vapor, unburned wood particles, tar fog, and various minerals. Over time it can coat the inside of your fireplace. If left untended, this thick build-up can be the cause of chimney fires! According to the Dave Your Home Inspector website, “[A] build-up of as little as 1/8 to ¼ inch of creosote is sufficient to create a fire hazard.” Quality chimney sweeps, like those at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, are trained to clear your chimney of this dangerous build-up.

After Your Chimney Has Been Swept

After having your chimney inspected and cleaned, it is important to keep your chimney free of debris, leaves, or grasses. They may blow into your chimney and block air flow. This debris can cause a backup of toxic gasses and a blockage of air flow, once you start using your fireplace again. Birds and animals can also choose to use your chimney as a place to build their nests. This can also cause a blockage that you may not notice, until you begin using your chimney again. How do you prevent this from happening? Make sure that your chimney cap is in good shape! A quality chimney service company, such as Pozzi Chimney Sweep, will make sure that all parts of your chimney are in good shape and ready for winter use.

Choosing Your Chimney Maintenance Professionals

It is important to choose chimney care professionals that you can trust. Be sure that the company you choose has technicians that are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Pozzi Chimney Sweep is a member of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and the Better Business Bureau. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep pride themselves in offering quality service at a fair price. This way you can enjoy the comfort and warmth of a cozy fireplace knowing that safety and efficiency is assured.

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned in the summer. By doing so, assures that you have plenty of time to schedule repairs or rebuilds before cold weather sets in. Be ready to enjoy the comfort of a crackling fire next winter, confident that your fireplace is safe and running efficiently!

Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Summertime is a great time to do deep-down house and yard cleaning. Gardening, cleaning windows, outdoor paint touch-ups – this is the time to get your house, yard, and outbuildings in tip-top shape. One area that Summer Tips for Fireplace Maintenance - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney Sweep-w800-h800you don’t want to overlook is your fireplace and chimney inspection, cleaning, and maintenance. After a long winter of using your fireplace, a thorough cleaning is exactly what is needed to ensure that you can continue to use your fireplace safely.

As you use your fireplace, the chimney is used to expel the byproducts produced by burning wood. According to Chimney Safety Institute of America, over time these byproducts, which include water, gasses, tar fog, and hydrocarbons, can build up in your chimney, causing a layer of creosote to coat the interior. This can lead to a dangerous blockage of your chimney. If this blockage is left unchecked, the toxic gasses that form will be forced back into your home, and dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up. This build-up is also highly combustible, which means that you could be facing a fire in your chimney.

Summertime Maintenance

There are several things that you can do to insure that your fireplace is safe and ready to go for wintertime use. Make sure that you have a store of dry, seasoned wood to burn in your fireplace. Summertime is a great time to renew your supply of firewood so that you’ll be ready for the cool fall days that follow.
Take time in the summer to make sure that your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Also, make sure that you continue to do monthly checks on your smoke detectors throughout the summer, and change batteries as necessary.

Most importantly, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned at least once a year. It is especially important that the chimney professionals you hire for this be CSIA certified, such as those at Pozzi
Chimney Sweeps.

There are three levels of chimney inspections that can take place, ranging from a cursory inspection to actual demolition of your chimney in order to get inside a chimney wall to check clearances. Your chimney service technician will be able tell you what level of inspection you need.

After having your chimney inspected and cleaned, ask your professional technician to cap your chimney to prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from landing in your chimney. These items can also build up, causing fires or blockages.

Chimney Maintenance and Care

The Family Handyman states that “[Y]ou could try to remove creosote yourself, but for a thorough job, call a chimney sweep who’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Make sure the sweep you hire does more than just push a brush.” The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, and are proud members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and the Better Business Bureau. They are highly qualified to meet all your chimney needs.

Outdoor Fireplace Safety Tips

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Summertime – picnics, swimming, outdoor fun! And if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor fireplace, sitting outside in the warm evening air, hanging out with friends and grilling hot dogs and marshmallows. What a great way to create memories that will keep you warm through cold winter evenings. But safety precautions must be taken to ensure those evenings don’t end with a trip to the emergency room or a visit from the fire department.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Outside fireplaces or fire pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires.” There are several simple tips you can follow that will assure that you have a safe, happy time.

Preventing Hazardous Fire Situations

First, make sure that the area surrounding your outdoor fireplace is free from all types of debris, especially dried grass, leaves, and twigs or paper products that can easily ignite. Keep a fire extinguisher in working condition and store it close to your fireplace. Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association recommend that all outdoor fireplaces be properly installed and that the owner reads all instruction materials thoroughly. Also, make sure that your outdoor fireplace is installed on a solid, fireproof surface, such as cement or brick.

SafeBee suggests that you do not use starter fluid, gas, or kerosene when starting a fire in your backyard fireplace. Instead, use a small amount of crumpled paper or dry twigs as kindling. You can also buy fire starters made specifically for this purpose. Once you have your fire going, you can start to add bigger logs, but don’t be tempted to overload your fire with logs that are too big. Also, be a good neighbor and check the direction of the wind to make sure that you aren’t causing a nuisance for the people living next door.

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Most importantly, do not leave children or pets alone with a burning fire or with hot embers. Remember, a small child can easily slip and fall close to or into a fire, causing serious injury.

After the Party is Over

When you’re ready to go indoors, make sure that your fire has burned out completely. Never throw water in a ceramic fireplace, as it may cause cracking to occur. Once the embers have cooled, remove them from the fireplace and put them into a fireproof container. Do not dispose of the embers in a garbage can or a paper bag, as this can cause a fire if any spark of fire remains.

Proper Care and Maintenance

It is of utmost importance that you make certain that your outdoor fireplace is properly inspected and maintained. Outdoor fireplaces and chimneys can benefit from annual chimney cleaning and regular inspections. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, Inc. are highly trained and qualified to perform the care that your outdoor fireplace needs. Their chimney sweeps and vent technicians are certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America and take pride in providing quality service for all your chimney care needs. This will assure that you will have many safe, happy hours in front of your outdoor fireplace.

Indoor Air Problems

When it comes to proper ventilation, knowing the right procedures and codes for keeping things properly sealed can work well in your favor. Many do not realize the impact that air flow and efficiently designed draft systems can make in keeping a home strong and sturdy. Becoming educated on these things is beneficial for any homeowner, so keep reading to learn more about how you can add value to your home and make it a safer environment overall.

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Many feel that their home needs to be sealed as tightly as possible in an attempt to save more energy throughout time. Although this saves the homeowner money and seems to help air systems run more efficiently, as a whole, what many do not realize is that this practice can have harmful effects on those living in the home. If too much carbon dioxide builds up inside of the home, then health issues may start occurring for its residents.

Having a tight home is not a bad thing, but finding the right balance is important. One way this can be done is by monitoring carbon dioxide levels. When you have more guests over, carbon dioxide levels will likely rise. You will want to practice appropriate techniques to keep everyone healthy, while running your home as efficiently as possible. Talk to an expert about how this can be accomplished based upon your specific needs and upon your house’s overall structure.

Negative Pressure Issues

If there is a fireplace in the home, maintaining proper draft control can bring about a whole new set of challenges. Your chimney works as a negative pressure system, meaning that it pulls air up and out of your home through the opening. Mastering proper air control will not only improve the efficiency of your home, but will help in making and maintaining fires easier. It will also bring additional enjoyment to your peaceful nights at home.

There are many ways to adjust air flow and get things to where they need to be. Adjusting the flue, raising the height of the chimney, and ensuring that things are regularly cleaned out are just some ways to maintain proper draft flow. Techniques will vary, based upon different home set-ups and on how one’s specific chimney has been built. Consult with a professional before taking any drastic steps and seek out advice as far as how your chimney could run more efficiently.

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At Pozzi Chimney Sweep, we have certified experts who can work to keep your fireplace running as efficiently and safely as possible. We strive to make our customers in and around Aurora, IL happy and comfortable in their homes and we will make plans based upon your specific needs. Give us a call today and start enjoying your home and fireplace to the fullest.