At Allstar Chimney Sweeps in Alabaster, AL, we specialize in delivering top-tier chimney and fireplace services. With three decades of professional experience, we have earned a reputation for providing exceptional quality and instilling trust. Our team of trained and certified technicians possesses the expertise to address a wide range of chimney and fireplace issues. They hold your home in high regard, ensuring no mess or disruption is left behind. At Allstar of Alabaster, your satisfaction is not just a commitment; it’s a guarantee for all the services and repairs we offer. Our technicians will furnish you with a comprehensive report detailing their actions and methods, ensuring you’re never left wondering about the quality of their work. Furthermore, our technicians value your time and will give you a call 30 minutes before their arrival to ensure you’re prepared. This dedication is what sets Allstar as the prime choice for chimney sweeps, repairs, estimates, fire prevention, and all other fireplace-related needs.
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What To Do In Alabaster
Alabaster is packed full of fun things to do, and cool places to go. So if you’re new to the area, or just looking for fun ideas in the Alabaster area, check out the cool locations below.
Buck Creek Trail
“The Buck Creek Trail is 3.5 miles long. It begins at Morning Star Drive and ends at Forest Road 734. This trail climbs steadily up along Buck Creek, past the old site of the Avon Ranger Station, and eventually crosses the Nottingham Ridge Trail and ends at the Red and White Mountain Road #734.”
“Limestone Park’s interesting combination of wetlands, grasslands, and Tupelo Gum swamp is good for wading birds, swamp and marsh birds, grassland species, and some waterfowl in winter. You will also find songbirds and shorebirds in migration. Best birds are Anhinga (breeds here), and Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and Grasshopper Sparrows (late spring). A Roseate Spoonbill has been spotted here in a few summers. The City of Alabaster and Birmingham Audubon built a handicapped-accessible Birding Observation Deck overlooking the wetlands on the North-western side of the park, with adjacent parking for all. Located in a rural industrial area in southern Shelby County, this park preserves a rich remnant of the habitat mosaic that makes this area especially attractive to birds.”
How Can You Prevent A Chimney Fire?
Prioritizing the safety and well-being of your household remains a paramount concern for any family. In light of this, it’s important to acknowledge that house fires pose a significant challenge across the United States. Here are several recommendations to assist in averting a fireplace-related fire within your residence.
Use proper fuel
Make sure the wood is seasoned and when choosing a type of wood, go for a hardwood like oak, maple, or ash. A few logs of greenwood can build creosote thick enough to start a chimney fire.
Your wood stove or furnace must be installed properly and by a professional. This is to ensure there is proper distance between the flammable parts and the non-combustible parts of the heating system. A wood stove’s chimney must be brick made (masonry) and factory built. Single bricked chimney with no liner must never be used for a wood stove..
Get a professional chimney sweep to inspect your chimney at least annually. This should be even more frequent if the fireplace is lit regularly.
You can also do it yourself by using a brush and rods to clean the chimney flue and stove pipe. This must be done once or twice a year. Avoid using heavy stuff such as bricks or chains on the end of a rope. This can easily damage the chimney’s liner. Your chimney will, however, need a monthly inspection by a professional chimney technician if you use a wood stove.
For DIY purposes, you can check for creosote buildup in the chimney walls using a mirror.
Ensure there is less or no creosote buildup
Creosote is highly flammable and when it is ignited, and it burns with vigor. Creosote is formed when vapor from wet wood mixes with gases and condenses. Chimney professionals state that a ¼in thickness of creosote means your chimney can burst into flames any minute and thus should be removed. In the same breath, do not ignore soot buildup. Soot is softer than creosote, but is equally flammable and should be cleaned up regularly.
Use Smoke Detectors
With the help of smoke detectors, troubleshoot and take action immediately any time smoke is detected indoors. The smoke is most likely a result of a dirty chimney full of debris like dead leaves, twigs, soot or creosote buildup that have resulted in chimney flue blockage. Other causes include soft or wet wood that has not burned completely or a damper that is not fully opened.
Your chimney should have a chimney cap with wire mesh to keep out rainwater, ice, and snow. It should also be used to keep out small animals like squirrels, raccoons and birds from nesting inside the walls.
When installing a chimney liner, go for stainless steel. The stainless steel can endure very high temperatures and also contain flying embers contained.
Installing fireplace glass-doors that are heat proof can also help increase the efficiency of your heating system. The door prevents heat loss and also shields the embers within the fireplace to stop wild sparkles from reaching your house’s interior. The doors should be cleaned regularly with a glass door cleaner and paper towel.
Proper Ventilation is Really Important
Ventilation is one of the most important parts of your home’s heating system. A huge percentage of chimney fires, safe to say 90%, is caused by faults within the venting system. Take note that the venting system is not the same as the chimney system.
The venting system consists of a stove pipe that connects the burning stove to the chimney. Most importantly, we cannot reiterate enough the need for a clean chimney to prevent a chimney fire. The interior of your fireplace has to be cleaned regularly including the hearth. Rid the fireplace of ash but only when it has cooled. And leave just a little that will make lighting the fire easier. Wear protective gear while cleaning your fireplace on your own.