Chimney Maintenance: Summertime Tips to Keep Your Chimney Healthy

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Sunny days, warmer temperatures, and vacations galore – Summer has arrived! This is not generally the time of year that you are thinking about your chimney, but maybe you should be. A little maintenance now can save you a lot of headaches when the cold winter weather quickly approaches in a few short months. Our busiest months, as chimney sweeps, are August through November, because so many homeowners want to wait until fall for chimney work.

Here are 4 tips to keep your chimney healthy this summer:

  1. Chimney sweeps are always in popular demand during the winter when everyone is in a rush to have their chimney cleaned so they can use it. You should take advantage of our slower time of year and make an appointment for us to come out to clean and inspect your chimney.
  2. One of the perks of having your chimney cleaned and inspected during the summer months is that if there are any repairs needed, you can have them done immediately. Many chimney repairs need to be completed during the warmer months anyway and then your chimney will be ready when you need it.
  3. Small animals can find their way into your chimney when they are looking for a warm place to live. A chimney cap can keep those pesky critters as well as leaves, sticks, and rain out of your chimney.
  4. A smelly chimney is never a good sign and if you are finding yourself smelling an odd odor, you will want to get it checked out immediately. A small animal could be blocking the airflow or you could have a more advanced problem that includes water and mold.

A little preventative maintenance can keep your chimney in excellent working order for years. A buildup of creosote, blockage from debris or small animals, or an influx of water entering your chimney are quite dangerous. These things can cause your chimney to catch on fire or collapse if the damage becomes too severe.

So, before you plan all your summertime fun, call us and schedule an appointment to clean and inspect your chimney. You’ll be happy to have it done and over with, so that you can enjoy the rest of the warm weather. Our chimney services extend well beyond Drexel Hill and into most townships, towns, and cities along the Main Line. Call us at 610-626-2439 to schedule a consultation, chimney inspection, chimney cleaning, or dryer vent cleaning.

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