Many people know what a flue is— the cavity inside a chimney through which smoke escapes. But terms such as damper casing, flashing, and smoke shelf might be less familiar. The experts at Chimney Pro ensure that every part of the chimney is fully functional with services that range from cleaning smoke chambers to repairing the chimney's crown.
"Billie" of Billie Goat Cleaning Services was teased about her name as a child. Her husband convinced her to use the moniker for her cleaning business, saying she should "make a negative into a positive." It seems an apt philosophy for a company whose technicians specialize in eliminating stains and transforming dirty spots into sparkling-clean areas. All of the company's technicians are insured and have been rigorously screened prior to being hired to ensure that staff members are skilled, professional, and able to blast a stain to oblivion while riding on the back of a bucking lawnmower.
The fireplace experts at The Chimney Masters aren't just in business to sweep away soot—they handle all aspects of chimney and fireplace maintenance to help customers prevent fires before they start. Leaks, poor mason work, and animal infestations are just a few of the common chimney conundrums easily remedied by the smokestack pros, who can also move indoors to flush airborne contaminants and napping HVAC technicians out of dryer vents. Beyond tending to Santa chutes, the crews can also be prevailed upon to help homeowners with a variety of domestic chores including power washing, gutter cleaning, and waterproofing.
Martinizing Dry Cleaning commits to staying on good terms with Mother Earth, using recycled hangers, biodegradable packaging, and the GreenEarth cleaning process that shields customers from exposure to chemical residues. According to a 2007 Charlotte Weekly article, “The [owners] say some of the benefits of using the solvent include clothes that are softer and brighter. The garments also don’t have the smell from perchloroethylene—a common dry cleaning agent.” Though relatively new to the Charlotte area, Martinizing Dry Cleaners have been around since 1949 and have used their more than 60 years in the business to streamline their process. They launder and dry-clean clothes, linens, and such precious garments as wedding dresses or the dresses worn by babies in their first ultrasound photos. For their work, corporate headquarters presented Martinizing with the Rookie of the Year award in 2007, the Best Customer Service award in 2010 and 2012, and the Franchisee Leadership Award in 2012.