For more than 25 years, the homeowners of Suffolk County have been counting on Boston’s Finest Masonry for their fireplace and chimney inspection and cleaning needs. As a full-service Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning company, our team of professionally trained technicians specializes in everything related to fireplace and chimney safety.
Whether you need a routine inspection and cleaning or you require a chimney repair, our team of expert technicians has got you covered! We use the most advanced techniques, proven strategies, and state-of-the-art tools, and we always adhere to the rigorous protocols that have been established by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. For the most efficient, affordable, and reliable Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning, inspection, and repair services, get in touch with the pros that Suffolk County homeowners trust most: Boston’s Finest Masonry!
How to Prepare for a Professional Cambridge, MA Chimney Cleaning Inspection
There’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a good book or cuddling up with loved ones in front of a roaring fire on a cold Massachusetts night. A fireplace is an integral part of your Suffolk County home, as it lends to its aesthetic appeal and provides welcoming warmth. In order to ensure that your fireplace remains an asset, it has to be properly maintained, and routine chimney inspections from a reputable Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning professional is a vital part of that maintenance.
During a chimney inspection, a licensed and professionally trained technician will conduct a thorough investigation of the entire structure. The cap, firebox, chimney liner; every component and surface of the structure will be assessed to ensure it’s in proper working order and that it’s safe to use. If any issues are detected, a Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning professional will let you know and will recommend – and can make – the necessary repairs.
Needless to say, regular chimney inspections are crucial for the safety of your family and your Suffolk County home. If you’ve never had a chimney inspection before, however, you might be wondering how to prepare. Before the Cambridge, MA chimney sweep arrives, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Avoid Using Your Fireplace
You want your fireplace and chimney to be cool; otherwise, the chimney sweep who will be assessing the structure could sustain an injury and the chimney inspection may need to be postponed. To prevent any issues, avoid using your fireplace at least 24 to 48 hours before the Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning professional is scheduled to arrive. Not using your fireplace for a day or two before a chimney inspection should ensure that the structure is cool to the touch so that the technician can perform their services.
Clean the Firebox and Mantle
Take the time to clean out your firebox and to clean off your mantel before your Suffolk County chimney inspection is scheduled. If there’s any wood and/or ash in the firebox, clean it out. If you have any pictures, clocks, or other decorative elements displayed on your mantle, remove them and put them in a safe place until the inspection is complete.
The Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning professional will be grateful that you took the time to clean out the firebox, and you’ll be glad that you protected any items that you like to display on the mantel.
Protect Furnishings and Floors
Though a reputable Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning professional will try to be as careful as possible, and while they will likely take precautions to protect your Suffolk County house, providing an extra layer of protection yourself is always a good idea.
You might want to move any furniture and decorative items that are within close proximity to the fireplace, or at the very least, cover them up with a durable protective barrier. Placing a protective barrier on the floors that surround your fireplace, such as a durable drop cloth, is also recommended.
Need to Schedule a Professional Chimney Inspection in Suffolk County?
To learn more about how to prepare for a chimney inspection or to schedule an appointment with a reputable professional, contact Boston’s Finest Masonry! Our Cambridge, MA chimney cleaning experts will conduct a comprehensive inspection of your Suffolk County chimney and fireplace. We provide the cleaning and repair services that you may require, too. Call 617-870-1477 to speak with one of our associates today!
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area as a major suburb of Boston. As of the 2020 United States Census, the city’s population was 118,403, making it the fourth most populous city in the state, behind Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. It is one of two de jure county seats of Middlesex County, although the county’s government was abolished in 1997. Situated directly north of Boston, across the Charles River, it was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, once also an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town’s founders.
Native Americans inhabited the area that would become Cambridge for thousands of years prior to European colonization of the Americas. At the time of European contact and exploration, the area was inhabited by Naumkeag or Pawtucket to the north and Massachusett to the south, and may have been inhabited by other groups such as the Totant not well described in later European narratives. The contact period introduced a number of European infectious diseases which would decimate native populations in virgin soil epidemics, leaving the area uncontested upon the arrival of large groups of English settlers in 1630. In 1639, the Massachusetts General Court would purchase the land that would become present day Cambridge from the Naumkeag Squaw Sachem of Mistick.
In December 1630, the site of what would become Cambridge was chosen because it was safely upriver from Boston Harbor, making it easily defensible from attacks by enemy ships. Thomas Dudley, his daughter Anne Bradstreet, and her husband, Simon Bradstreet, were the town’s founders. The first houses were built in the spring of 1631. The settlement was initially referred to as ‘the newe towne’. Official Massachusetts records show the name rendered as Newe Towne by 1632, and as Newtowne by 1638.
Located at the first convenient Charles River crossing west of Boston, Newtowne was one of several towns (including Boston, Dorchester, Watertown, and Weymouth) founded by the 700 original Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under Governor John Winthrop. Its first preacher was Thomas Hooker, who led many of its original inhabitants west in 1636 to found Hartford and the Connecticut Colony; before leaving, they sold their plots to more recent immigrants from England. The original village site is now within Harvard Square. The marketplace where farmers sold crops from surrounding towns at the edge of a salt marsh (since filled) remains within a small park at the corner of John F. Kennedy and Winthrop Streets.
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