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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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 Charlestown, 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!
Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. Originally called Mishawum by the Massachusett tribe, it is located on a peninsula north of the Charles River, across from downtown Boston, and also adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor waterways. Charlestown was laid out in 1629 by engineer Thomas Graves, one of its earliest settlers, in the reign of Charles I of England. It was originally a separate town and the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Thomas and Jane Walford were the original English settlers of the peninsula between the Charles and the Mystic. They were given a grant by Sir Robert Gorges, with whom they had settled at Wessagusset (Weymouth) in September 1623 and arrived at what they called Mishawaum in 1624. John Endicott, first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, sent William, Richard and Ralph Sprague to Mishawaum to lay out a settlement. Thomas Walford, acting as an interpreter with the Massachusett Indians, negotiated with the local sachem Wonohaquaham for Endicott and his people to settle there. Although Walford had a virtual monopoly on the region’s available furs, he welcomed the newcomers and helped them in any way he could, unaware that his Episcopalian religious beliefs would cause him to be banished from Massachusetts to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, within three years.
Originally a Puritan English city during the Colonial era, Charlestown proper was founded in 1628 and settled July 4, 1629, by Thomas Graves, Increase Nowell, Simon Hoyt, the Rev. Francis Bright, Ralph, Richard and William Sprague, and about 100 others who preceded the Great Migration. John Winthrop’s company stopped here for some time in 1630, before deciding to settle across the Charles River at Boston.
1629 site of Puritan leader John Winthrop’s ‘Great House’ in City Square, uncovered during the Big Dig
Bird’s-eye view of Boston, Charlestown, and Bunker Hill, between 1890 and 1910
The territory of Charlestown was initially quite large. From it, Woburn was separated in 1642, Malden in 1649 (including what is now Melrose and Everett) and Stoneham in 1725. South Medford, the land south of the Mystic River (now surrounded by Somerville), was known as ‘Mistick Field’ and was transferred from Charlestown to Medford in 1754. This grant also included the ‘Charlestown Wood Lots’ (the Medford part of the Middlesex Fells), and part of what was at the time Woburn (now Winchester). Other parts of Medford were transferred to Charlestown in 1811. Still-rural Somerville was split off in 1842 as Charlestown was urbanizing. Everett, Burlington, Arlington and Cambridge also acquired areas originally allocated to Charlestown. Landfill operations eliminated the narrow Charlestown Neck that connected the northwest end of the Charlestown Peninsula to the mainland at Sullivan Square.
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