Fireplace & Chimney Services & Inspections

Chimney Sweep Gulf Shores

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Chimney Sweep Gulf Shores

Hurricane & Tropical Storm Damage

The 2021 Hurricane season is finally here and Hurricane Ida is currently hammering the gulf coast. High winds and heave rain can cause serious to your fireplace and chimney. If you have Chimney damage or leaks from hurricane damage, call Guardian today.

Why are chimney and fireplace sweepings so important?

Ash and creosote form when you burn a fire. These can make their way to the walls of the fireplace and chimney flue, eating away at the clay tiles. This can cause deterioration and eventually a chimney fire.

We provide thorough and efficient chimney and fireplace sweeping services throughout the Gulf Shores Alabama area, the Gulf Coast Areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.

We’re honored to have the opportunity to make home maintenance easy and stress-free for residents in these communities.

Inspection Levels

Level one is performed without the aid of any specialized tools and is recommended when things are working as always, without change.

Level two when there’s a change, like a new liner, a new homeowner, a new appliance, new fuel type, a strong storm or chimney fire, or a new problem or performance issue. This level of the inspection may require some basic tools, and will also include a video scan of the chimney interior. Level two inspection and its ability to provide close-up images of damage, these inspections are oftentimes referred to as real estate, home, or insurance inspections.

Level three is a level two inspection suggests a deeper, hidden problem impossible to get to the bottom of. A level three can involve the removal of firebox panels, chimney crowns, walls, and other components of the chimney system and home, which is why it’s considered a last resort.

You can count on a Guardian Chimney Sweep Gulf Shores inspection when you want to make sure your chimney and fireplace are free of damage, and other dangers. We’ll show you photos of any findings and explain them.

Wouldn’t you rather know that your chimney is in good working condition and ready to be safely enjoyed this season? We would too! So give us a call, before you light that first fire. Don’t put off your annual inspection — give Guardian Chimney Sweep Gulf Shores a call for a full system inspection.

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Explore Gulf Shores Alabama

Gulf Shores is a city on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Its Gulf State Park has beaches, trails and a pier, plus a golf course and a zip line over the dunes. To the west, sea turtles and migratory birds thrive among the coastal habitats of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Farther west, 19th-century Fort Morgan guards Mobile Bay. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers hands-on encounters with lemurs, kangaroos and sloths.
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park is a public recreation area on the Gulf of Mexico in the city of Gulf Shores in southern Baldwin County, Alabama. The state park’s 6,500 acres mostly encompass the land behind the Gulf Shores beach community, between Highway 59 and SH 161, with the west end extending further south to a wide beach area. In addition to beaches, the park includes marshland, boggy tea-colored streams, pine forests, and three spring-fed, fresh-water lakes: Lake Shelby, Middle Lake, and Little Lake. The park is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, with park enforcement rangers providing around-the-clock security and enforcing anti-littering regulations.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo opened in June 1989 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States as Zooland Animal Park. It is operated by the Zoo Foundation, Inc., a 501 non-profit organization, and relies on admissions, memberships and contributions for its funding. It was the basis of the Animal Planet show The Little Zoo That Could. The zoo is several blocks north of the beach and is home to more than 600 animals including Barbary Lions, leopards, tigers, wolves, bears, monkeys, and macaws. It includes a petting zoo, reptile house, and aviary, as well as daily animal shows in the summer.
Waterville USA/Escape House
Waterville USA, or simply known as Waterville, is a 20-acre water and amusement park located a quarter-mile from the Gulf of Mexico in the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Gulf Shores Parkway. The park opened in 1986, and since then has added numerous water and amusement attractions for all ages to enjoy. The Current Park Manager is J.Turberville.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,157-acre National Wildlife Refuge located in five separate units in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, United States, directly west of Gulf Shores, Alabama on the Fort Morgan Peninsula. The refuge serves as a resting and feeding area for migratory birds and as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna. The refuge is one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast. Established in 1980, Bon Secour is smaller than most other national wildlife refuges, and is divided into Sand Bayou, Perdue, Little Point Clear, Fort Morgan, and Little Dauphin Island. The Perdue unit is the most developed. Most units are located on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Baldwin County, except Little Dauphin Island, which is in Mobile County. More than 50,000 guests visit the refuge annually. The fiscal year 2005 budget was $404,000. Protected habitats within the refuge include beaches and sand dunes, scrub forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, fresh water swamps, and uplands.
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Water Intrusion In Your Fireplace

Do you have water around your fireplace? You probably have a leaking chimney on your hands, which can be a bump in the road for you and the comfort of your home and everyday life. However, A leaking chimney does not always manifest itself in obvious ways. Many homeowners falsely assume that all leaky chimneys present themselves as visible water in the fireplace or flue, but chimney leaks can originate from a few different places. If you have seen splits or cracks in your chimney, disintegrated...

Summer Tips: Prepare for Major Storms

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Helpful Tips For The Upcoming 2021 Hurricane Season

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Details In A Chimney Inspection

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Chimney Crowns Should Not Crack

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Repairs on Caps, Covers, & Dampers

Living in the south is always a battle with the weather. One minute it could be sunny while the next it could be down pouring rain. This has a major effect on chimneys and fireplaces. We actually get more rain than anywhere in the country including Seattle. Mobile and Pensacola are ranked the top two while Seattle is ranked 41st. With the amount of rain this region receives, it has lasting affects on the chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not...
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Preventing A Chimney Fire Tips

Safety is the utmost important thing to worry about when having a chimney, especially during the use of the fireplace. Chimneys need to have routine maintenance to ensure there is little to no residue of creosote left behind to cause a chimney fire randomly. Below are some prevention tips for homeowners to consider when investing in a chimney. Use proper fuel Make sure the wood is seasoned and when choosing a type of wood, go for a hardwood like oak, maple, or ash. A few logs of greenwood can...
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Histoplasmosis Horror Stories

After the holiday time, the next month or so become harder to pay bills. With having the struggles to not pay bills, you have ignored your annual chimney sweep. By doing so, left your chimney vulnerable to being inhabited by creatures. You have been hearing small chirps in the house. Wonder where they are coming from? Might want to take a look in your chimney. One particular species of bird that inhabits inactive chimneys are the chimney swift. Tiny little boogers that can fit pretty much...
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Fireplace Pet-Proofing Tips

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Household Tip: Dryer Vent Care

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Differences in Chimney Types

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Common Chimney Terms To Know

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Chimney Liner Replacements

Like most things that have multiple layers, your chimney has a liner. This liner is necessary for three main reasons, which affect the home and the occupants. You should hire a qualified chimney sweeper to replace your chimney liner. When it comes to the safety of the fireplace and chimney, the chimney liner is one of the most critical protective components. The liner prevents carbon monoxide from seeping into the home. It stops hot embers from slipping through a crack in the flue and igniting...
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Firewood Storage…Great To Know

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Common Ways To Clean A Chimney

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DIY Cleaning Chimney Tips

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Best Time For A Chimney Sweep

As the colder months are coming to an end, everyone is planning their spring and summer vacations. Working long hours to ensure the vacation becomes a reality, and you're even working on home improvement projects. The warmer months are very viable to have home repairs done, including your chimney. It is summer. It is humidity, The weather is warming up, so no more need for the chimney. With the winter months over, there will be a buildup of creosote. Creosote is extremely flammable. Why is the...

Chimney Cap Sealants

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Fireplace Toolset & Use

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New Year & New Routines

The New Year has started. So, that means everyone wants to improve themselves, why not also improve the maintenance of your home? Repairs go left undone when people neglect to maintain a routine. One annual routine, as a homeowner, should know is to have their chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned. Throughout the year, mainly the fall and winter months, your chimney collects a build-up of creosote. Having build-up creosote can lead to a chimney fire. Getting your chimney professionally...
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Hidden Animals Among Us

Did you hear the chirping or scratching of nails coming from the fireplace? There are many theories that could come to mind. Believe it or not, but your fireplace and chimney are common places for animals to build their nests and take shelter in storms. Since the holidays are now over, the creatures will start to return to the chimneys for shelter for the coming storms. With the use of chimneys starting to die down, especially in the south with the warmer fronts moving in, animals are coming...
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Best Time For A Sweep

Owning a chimney means there will be times for routine maintenance. No, there is no designated time-frame a chimney needs to be cleaned but it is best to have it done annually. If a chimney does not receive an annual cleaning, then it could result in a chimney fire. Besides, the heating will not be to you or your family's satisfaction. A timely chimney sweep will save loads of trouble and expense later on. When To Get A Chimney Sweep? New homeowners and chimney owners may think that there are...

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Expectations of Chimney Sweeps

As a homeowner or renter, you want to make your home feel safe, warm, and inviting. Fireplaces are great additions to making a home have this ambiance. But has your fireplace been inspected or cleaned recently or since the last use? Guardian Chimney Sweep is here to ensure your chimney and fireplace are secure for the next burn. Schedule your annual sweep by a professional technician and sweeping experts. Why is it important to have an annual chimney and fireplace sweeps? When you burn a fire,...
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