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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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 Jamaica Plain, 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!
Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood of 4.4 square miles (11 km2) in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Founded by Boston Puritans seeking farmland to the south, it was originally part of the former Town of Roxbury, now also a part of the City of Boston. The community seceded from Roxbury as a part of the new town of West Roxbury in 1851, and became part of Boston when West Roxbury was annexed in 1874. In the 19th century, Jamaica Plain became one of the first streetcar suburbs in America and home to a significant portion of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Shortly after the founding of Boston and Roxbury in 1630, William Heath’s family and three others settled on land just south of Parker Hill in what is now Jamaica Plain. In the next few years, William Curtis, John May and others set up farms nearby along Stony Brook, which flowed from south to north from Turtle Pond (in Hyde Park) to an outlet in the Charles River marshes in the current filled-in Fens area of Boston. John Polley followed with a farm which he purchased from Lt. Joshua Hewe in 1659 at the site of the present-day Soldier’s Monument at the intersection of South and Centre streets, closer to the ‘Great Pond’, later known as Jamaica Pond. Later, for services rendered during the Pequot War, Joseph Weld received a grant of 278 acres (1.1 km2) of land between South Street and Centre Street. His son John later built a home along South Street in what is now the Arnold Arboretum, and his descendants continued to live in the area for many generations.
In the late 17th century, the name ‘Jamaica’ first appears for the area of Roxbury between Stony Brook and the Great Pond. There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the name ‘Jamaica Plain’. A well-known theory traces the origin to ‘Jamaica rum’, a reference to Jamaican cane sugar’s role in the Triangle Trade of sugar, rum, and slaves. Another explanation is that ‘Jamaica’, though a different letter ‘A’ pronunciation, is an Anglicization of the name of Kuchamakin, brother of Chickatawbut, the deceased sachem (chief) of the Massachusett tribe, who ruled the tribe as regent to Chickataubut’s minor son, Josias Wampatuck.
On some maps, until the mid-19th century, the area was marked as ‘Jamaica Plains’.
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