The holiday season is almost upon us and soon it will be time to cozy up around the fireplace with family and friends. Your fireplace is the backdrop for a number of Christmas traditions, however, if your fireplace hasn’t had it’s annual sweeping yet, the dirty chimney could bring an unwanted mess. You may think it’s too late in the year to get your chimney swept, but here at Leonard and Sons there is still time to get your chimney swept before Christmas! Having your chimney swept annually is crucial to the health and appearance of your chimney. Getting your chimney swept by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep will guarantee that your chimney will be clean and ready for use when you are ready to start your first fire of the season.

A Clean Chimney is a Safe Chimney

The CSIA recommends sweeping your chimney annually. Annual sweepings not only ensure that your chimney and fireplace are clean, but they help prevent hazards. When chimneys get dirty, they produce a substance called creosote. Creosote build up is hazardous because it is combustible, meaning it can catch your chimney on fire.

Chimney blockages can also cause issues with airflow. Smoke, gases and warm air produced in your fireplace need a path out of your home. If your chimney is even partially blocked, the byproducts produced by burning a fire may enter your home instead of up and out of your chimney. A smokey home is the last thing you want to deal with during the holidays. Another byproduct of burning wood and gas fuel, carbon monoxide, can cause serious illness or even death.

What to Expect

You can always expect a job well done when you schedule a chimney sweeping with Leonard and Sons. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps have been in the chimney cleaning business for a long time. They have the knowledge and equipment to do the job the way you want it done. Our full chimney sweep service includes brushing the inside of the chimney and flue, and clearing away any creosote and debris. In addition to that, we will also make sure your firebox is clean and check for smoke stains on your hearth. We will also let you know of any other potential issues we may have notice with your chimney system while we were cleaning it.

Now is the Time

There is still time to get your chimney cleaned before the holidays! Leonard and Sons has been helping families in the Chicagoland area celebrate Christmas for over 50 years and we would love you help you celebrate a warm and safe Christmas as well. There is still time to schedule an appointment online or call us at 847-658-7659. We look forward to making a your holiday season a little cheerier and warmer!