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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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 Dorchester, 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!
Dorchester is a Boston neighborhood comprising more than 6 square miles (16 km2) in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Originally, Dorchester was a separate town, founded by Puritans who emigrated in 1630 from Dorchester, Dorset, England, to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This dissolved municipality, Boston’s largest neighborhood by far, is often divided by city planners in order to create two planning areas roughly equivalent in size and population to other Boston neighborhoods.
Prior to European colonization, the region around Dorchester was originally inhabited by the indigenous Massachusett. They lived in settlements established alongside the Neponset River estuary, which proved to be a plentiful source of fish for the Massachusett; they also gathered shellfish from the riverbed, hunted beavers, deers and trouts and established farms in nearby hills. During the initial period of colonization of the region by Puritan settlers, the Massachusett experienced a rapid decline in population due to the introduction of foreign diseases to which they had no immunity. The Massachusett sachem, Chickatawbut, negotiated land treaties with the Puritan settlers before dying of smallpox in 1633, and his brother, Cutshamekin deeded further land to the settlers. The remaining Massachusett in the region, including Cutshamekin, became Praying Indians and settled in the town of Natick, likely as a means of survival.
Old Blake House c. 1905
In 1626 David Thompson settled his family on Thompson Island in what is now Dorchester before Boston’s Puritan migration wave began in 1630. May 30, 1630, Captain Squib of the ship Mary and John entered Boston Harbor and on June 17, 1630, landed a boat with eight men on the Dorchester shore, at what was then a narrow peninsula known as Mattapan or Mattaponnock, and today is known as Columbia Point (more popularly since 1984 as Harbor Point). Those aboard the ship who founded the town included William Phelps, Roger Ludlowe, John Mason, John Maverick, Nicholas Upsall, Capt. Roger Fyler, William Gaylord, Henry Wolcott and other men who would become prominent in the founding of a new nation. The original settlement founded in 1630 was at what is now the intersection of Columbia Road and Massachusetts Avenue. (Even though Dorchester was annexed over 100 years ago into the city of Boston, this founding is still celebrated every year on Dorchester Day, which includes festivities and a parade down Dorchester Avenue).
Most of the early Dorchester settlers came from the English West Country, and some from Dorchester, Dorset, where the Rev. John White was chief proponent of a Puritan settlement in the Americas. The town that was founded was centered on the First Parish Church of Dorchester, which still exists as the Unitarian-Universalist church on Meeting House Hill and is the oldest religious organization in present-day Boston.
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