Chimney Cleaning Westchester
Autumn is the best time of year to have your Westchester chimney inspected and cleaned. This is in preparation for winter, when most of the burning of wood occurs.
Although Always Affordable is based in Long Island, we will service your chimney in Westchester. We are skilled with inspection, repair, liner replacement, cap installation and many other closely related services. Our company aims to achieve a top level of technical expertise to our customers. Most importantly, the work we do protects the inside of your home as well as your health and safety. Whether chimney bricks have become dislodged or fumes are entering your home, get in touch with us right away for expert treatment.
If not kept in check, Creosote will build up and increase the risk for a fire that you didn't start. Accumulation on the interior chimney walls can easily be checked. Look inside the flue with a flashlight. With a cheap plastic knife or similiar object, scrape the flue wall. If 1/8" or more of the creosote comes off, there's a problem. This is why Westchester chimney cleaning is so important.
Creosote is no joke
This substance is not a food. Exposure to creosote is lethal. In fact, a large-scale example of its damage was reported by the Associate Press in October 2015. A wood treatment plant that shut down over four decades ago is still negatively effecting the ecosystem in Navassa, North Carolina. According to the EPA (which itself caused a major toxic spill in Colorado), the plant released the poisonous creosote into local waters.
Without a solid liner, you are risking the health of your environment. If there is no liner or if one has deteriotated, the gases, soot and moisture will bleed through the chimney walls. Securing a stainless steel liner by an experienced company will eliminated future damage. While the type mentioned has the highest level of stability, there are other formats of liner that exist. Clay tiles are quite common and are cheaper. But as with most products, the general guideline to follow is buy cheap get cheap. The clay does not work well with heat, resulting in cracks everywhere. There are also "cast in place" liners which are rather strong.
Sometimes the chimney was not constructed correctly from the outset. This can apply to both vintage and recent structures. When a house is first built, a liner may not be priority. That’s when an expert chimney service needs to enter the equation. A liner can easily be overlooked, especially since it is not in plain view. If the building is over 50 years old, inspection is critical. Normal aging of the chimney lining material causes cracks, holes and crumbling. While the liner is examined, any damage to the cap and masonry structure should be looked at as well.
The place for the fire. Once your chimney is receiving adequate care, the fireplace can be fully enjoyed. The homeowner will be relaxed knowing that the entire structure is safe. Afterall, the fireplace is the area that is actually visible. And when a fire is active at the bottom of the chimney, the fireplace will serve as the focal point of the room. Prepare to be mesmerized by the flames.
Just to the north of New York City, Westchester has its share of history of notable landmarks. The region is considered part of downstate New York. In other words, not quite upstate and not quite part of the city. By the way, here in New York, we pretty much refer to Manhattan and all of its burroughs as "the city." While Brooklyn and Queens are part of the city, an overhead view from an airplane makes them appear like the two burroughs are part of Long Island. But Long Island is really only considered to be Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which are suburban. These are the conundrums we live with here in New York.
While this does produce confusion to people outside the metro area, we want to be sure that chimney cleaning in this huge city is clear to understand. That is why we have so much information on this site. While you read all of the content regarding chimney liners, caps and restoration, Always Affordable will be servicing chimneys left and right, all over the city. We have already completed some excellent work in Westchester.
Towns within the county that we are happy to serve include: Yonkers | White Plains | Mount Vernon | New Rochelle .