The winter of our discontent is a distant memory and the chimneys of the East End have long since puffed out their last wisps of smoke. Now, the chimneys stand noble yet idle and unused as they patiently wait to be turned to once again. Yet, despite the rising temperatures, it’s important—and potentially lifesaving—that you show your chimney some love this summer.
The National Fire Protection Association standard says that chimneys, fireplaces and vents should be inspected at least once a year. An estimated 25,000 fires and 30 deaths yearly are attributed to chimney fires. Does your chimney smell? Are you hearing flittering or scurrying coming from inside? Are you concerned about highly flammable creosote deposit build up?
If it has been a while and you’re not sure where to turn, Dan’s Papers has assembled a list of the best chimney sweeps that lend their services to the North Fork and the Hamptons.
Ace Chimney Experts, Inc. (16 Thorne St, Ronkonkoma, NY; 631-648-7474) has a team of dedicated Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technicians. Ace Chimney Experts, Inc. is also a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, which promotes professionalism and continuing education in the chimney industry. Ace’s expertise is why they were voted Platinum Chimney Sweep in Dan’s Best of the Best competition.
Long Island’s Gold chimney sweep company, Hampton Hearth and Patio, not only offers quality services including chimney cap installation, chimney repair, and other home maintenance assistance, they also have a fun slogan—“we put our hearth and soul into every project.” Hampton Hearth and Patio has locations in Southampton (22 West Main St, 631-283-4852) and Southold (56600 Main Road, 631-765-6942).
Cunningham Duct Cleaning Co. (869 Sylvan Avenue, Bayport; 631-665-6400) is Long Island’s silver chimney sweep. The family owned and operated business has called the island home for almost 50 years as they’ve expanded to meet a growing clientele in New York City, upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cunningham also has a CSIA certified staff of technicians.
Done Right Chimney (574 Montauk Hwy, Shirley; 631-281-3500) offers residential and commercial chimney repair, sweeping, cleaning, liner installation, cap installation, and more. Done Right has over three generations of experienced professionals. The company is also an accredited business in the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.