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Make Your Chimney Safer For Santa

Christmas is almost here, and excitement is building more and more with every passing day. We know there are still lots of things to do to prepare for Santa’s arrival. Bake some cookies, buy some carrots for the reindeer, and don’t forget to make sure your chimney is clean and ready! At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we can help ensure your fireplace is as safe as possible for Santa’s arrival. Give us a call, so we can help you today.

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If it’s been awhile since you invested in an inspection, now is the time to call us in. The CSIA recommends scheduling at least one inspection per year, and there’s no better time than right before the holidays kick off! Give our certified technicians a hollar right away. We’ll make sure you’re good to go this holiday season!

Chimneys that are used without being inspected face some extra risks. For one thing, creosote needs to be cleaned out from time to time. If it accumulates too much, your chances of a chimney fire increase significantly. Chimney fires damage your structure and leave behind gaps and openings for stray flames to escape. This could eventually lead to toxins entering your home or a house fire. Stay safe – get an inspection of the books today!

Our sweeps will also check for any clogs or blockages. It’s not unusual for animals to set up camp when your fireplace isn’t in use. If any critters, nesting materials, twigs, or other debris is clogging things up, air will not circulate properly through your system. Consequently, you risk exposure to carbon monoxide (as well as smoke and other toxins). Carbon monoxide can lead to serious illness, and it is basically impossible to notice without a detector. Don’t take any chances! Have our staff check things over.

Steps You Can Take

If you’re wondering which steps you, as a homeowner, can take to maintain a safer fireplace, check out these tips!

First of all, make sure that only properly seasoned wood gets burned in your fireplace. That means no trash, paper plates, napkins, wrapping paper, or anything similar. You’ll also want to avoid fresh wood, as it contains a lot of moisture. Fresh wood uses up a lot of energy to burn through, leaving you with more smoke and less heat. It also encourages the accumulation of creosote which, as noted above, isn’t good at all! Make things easier and safer by using seasoned wood from the start.

It’s also important to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. These will be your first warning signs of trouble, and they have saved countless lives over the decades. Along with this, practice fire safety in your home, and keep young children informed on how to stay protected. Plan two escape routes from each room in your home and practice fire drills throughout the year, so that everyone is prepared, no matter what.

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we want all of our customers to have a safe and happy holiday season. Work with us, and you won’t regret it!

By Mike O'Mara on December 4th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Dazzle Your Friends This Winter With American Fire Glass

Are you looking for a way to change up your fireplace decor, without investing in a remodel or reconstruction job? Well, Weststar Chimney Sweeps believes we have found a great product for you! Consider purchasing American Fire Glass to amp up the look and ambiance of your fireplace this holiday season. Guests, friends, neighbors, and family members will rave about your great taste in home decor. Plus, we know you’ll enjoy this new addition all season long.

Learn more about American Fire Glass below!

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For those who have never heard of it, American Fire Glass is a unique way to enhance the look of your fireplace, without going for the same-old decor options (such as gas logs). Go a new direction, and add some shimmer with these colored glass pieces! They add a shine that you simply won’t find anywhere else, and your home will experience a new look and feel that people will love.

Where Can I Use It?

There are multiple options when it comes to where you can put this fantastic, top-of-the-line product. It can be used on natural gas or propane fireplaces or inserts. In addition, they can also be used both indoors and outdoors. You’ll be able to find a perfect fit for any location, as there are multiple design options and colors to choose from. Just find what speaks to you, and we can set you up right!

How Many Styles Are There?

Almost too many to choose from! View our catalog now to see all of your options. There is a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors, so you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for – no matter what! Mix and match or stick with one solid design and color. You can go red and green for Christmas, orange for Halloween, or pick your favorite color and enjoy the view night after night. Your possibilities are endless, and there’s no way you won’t love the end result!

Will It Last?

We stand by American Fire Glass. So, you can trust us when we say that this is an investment that will stand the test of time! These glass pieces are built to withstand the heat of a fire and are designed specifically for use in your fireplace. You can rest easy knowing it’s well worth any money spent. American Fire Glass even offers a lifetime guarantee, so you really don’t have anything to lose!

Contact Us Today!

If you’re ready to try something new, give us a call right away, and we can set you up right before the holidays officially kick off. Our CSIA certified staff is happy to answer any questions, and we offer all types of chimney and fireplace services. Rest assured you’ll get exactly what you need. Check us out online, then call right away. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

By Mike O'Mara on November 16th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment