English Sweep, Inc. Has Completed Chimney Repairs for Homeowners All Throughout St. Louis
If you live in or close to St. Louis, Sauget, National City, East St. Louis, Brooklyn, Hathaway Meadows, Venice, Tower Grove, Maplewood Park, Newport, Cahokia, North Venice, Kirkwood, or University City, be sure to invest in chimney repairs services from the best around – that’s us!
When it comes to chimney repairs, we have two solid pieces of advice everyone should follow:
1. Don’t put off repairs.
The longer your chimney problems go unacknowledged, the worse they’ll become. Cracks in your masonry, rusted metal components, a damaged liner, and any other signs of deterioration won’t stay frozen in place until you’re ready to address them. In fact, they’ll likely worsen to the point where what was once possibly an easy fix is now a big, expensive repair job.
Of course, the best course of action is to do what you can to avoid damages in the first place! Once you have any repairs addressed, be sure to invest in preventive maintenance and products, like waterproofing or a new chimney cap. And be sure to keep up with your annual inspections as well. All of these things help ensure that your system is able to stand strong for years to come.
2. Always trust a professional to tackle the job.
When it comes to your fireplace and chimney, it’s important to remember that you’re dealing with a lot of heat, gases, smoke, and flames inside of your living space. This isn’t the best area to attempt a DIY project. In fact, doing so could put your home and family in harm’s way.
That’s why investing in professional services for your chimney care is a must. Always hire sweeps that are certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and who have extensive experience in the field. This ensures the job is completed right the first time and that you’re not left experiencing the same issues again shortly down the line.
We’re a Local Chimney Company You Can Trust
What’s not to love about the St. Louis area? Between the countless dining and shopping options, and the many great hot spots we all know and love, like the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the Gateway Arch, you can easily spend every day out and about, enjoying the city.
That said, some days are best stayed at home – especially if the weather forecast is calling for snow, rain, or cold temps. In these cases, we’d suggest curling up by the fireplace. Be sure to count on our crew to get your system ready each year.
We’re here to serve homeowners on Forest Park Avenue, Grand Boulevard, Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis Avenue, Washington Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Cass Avenue, Page Boulevard, Clark Avenue, Tucker Boulevard, Hampton Avenue, Ivory Avenue, Marceau Street, Holly Hills Boulevard, Loughborough Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Cherokee Street, Lee Avenue, Newstead Avenue, Vanderventer Avenue, and more. So, next time you have a chimney- or fireplace-related problem, be sure to count on our solution-minded, reliable crew.
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We Offer Repairs, Annual Maintenance & Products You Can Trust In
We want to do all we can to better serve our customer base, and that means becoming as knowledgeable as possible about appropriate chimney care. We take training and education seriously, and we never stop pushing ourselves to learn more. It’s because of this that we’re able to offer such a long list of services. Make us your go-to chimney company for the following:
Need emergency services? We provide those, too, ensuring any immediate concerns or threats are addressed as soon as possible.
How Can I Tell if My Chimney Needs Repairs?
There are lots of signs you can look for. Things like… crumbling bricks, damaged mortar, signs of water leaks, rusted components (like your cap or damper), a leaning chimney, a smoking fireplace, and more. Essentially, if anything is looking or acting out of the ordinary, some repairs services – or, at the very least, a thorough sweeping – is likely in order.
All that said, not every type of damage will be obvious or easily visible. In fact, a large majority of chimney-related issues are hidden away in spots that cannot be found without proper camera equipment and an expert’s eye.
Long story short, regular inspections by professionals are really the only surefire way to detect chimney damages and figure out the best repair options for moving forward.
Can I Complete Chimney Repairs Myself?
There’s always an avid DIY-er or two who enjoys tackling any and all home projects themselves. And a lot of these projects can, in fact, be completed with a bit of know-how and elbow grease! …but when it comes to your chimney, we’d always advise against taking the task on yourself.
Why? Because this is an appliance that is meant to control and contain fires that are lit inside of your home. This isn’t the time for a job that’s deemed “good enough” or completed without taking every consideration in mind.
Our advice? Leave repairs and chimney services to our professionals to ensure your household’s safety, as well as any compliances with building codes. This will also ensure your system is working as efficiently as it should be, so you can really enjoy the heat – and lower your energy bill in the process.
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How Much Does Chimney Repair Service Typically Cost?
Well, that’s a tough one. The truth is, we can’t really give an accurate estimate for repairs until we talk to you and know more about your situation. A simple chimney cap installation may not run down your bank account too much, while a more major job (think rebuilds, relining, etc.) may call for financing.
Your best course of action? Give us a call and book an inspection. We’ll do a thorough overview, then offer our best advice for moving forward – taking your needs, preferences, and budget all into account, of course.
Are Chimney Repairs Covered by Homeowner’s Insurance?
It depends – on your policy, on the extent of the damage, on how the damage came about…
Things like regular wear and tear or damages due to neglect are very unlikely to be covered, for instance. But if an outside event – like a tornado or lightning strike – caused the issue, your insurance will be more likely to take those costs over.
In the end, though, homeowner’s insurance is much more likely to cover repairs if you have a solid track record of annual inspections. This shows that you were dedicated to taking care of your chimney system, and that any issues that occurred were out of your control. Get your yearly maintenance booked before your burn season and keep your receipts/records – just in case!
Can I Use My Fireplace While Waiting for Chimney Repairs?
We highly discourage this. It’s not advisable to use your fireplace if you suspect any chimney damage has occurred – or if you have been advised not to by a professional. Using it can exacerbate existing issues and create safety risks for you and your household. In the end, it’s simply not worth the risk.
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Before you invest in chimney care, it’s important to know you’re working with a company that you can trust, as well as one that won’t charge an arm and a leg or surprise you with hidden fees.
We’re not about that. We offer honest, reliable care to customers throughout Eagle Park, Cabanne Place, Madison Station, Madison, Gratiot, Clifton Heights, Olivette, and everywhere else we provide services to.
Ready to invest in the services you deserve? Call us at 636-225-3340 or reach out online today.