As the nice warm days of summer roll around, not everyone gives a thought to their chimneys. However, you need to think about getting your chimney inspected and serviced, especially if you used it during the winter months.
Still not convinced? Here are some good reasons why you should get your chimney inspection done sooner rather than later.
If you have your chimney checked in the warm months, you may get a discount from chimney sweeps. Some companies offer summer discounts since it is a slow month, as a way of getting some work in. In addition, if you start early you are less likely to end up paying a premium price when the rush sets in during the colder months.
No Long Waiting
Getting your servicing done quickly means you will not have to worry about having to wait for a long time to get a chimney sweep to schedule you in when you are ready in the colder period.
Finding Problems Early
If there are problems with your chimney and fireplace you will be glad to find this out early. Can you imagine in the dead of winter finding out that you cannot use your chimney because something needs fixing?
Chimneys and fireplaces that have not been cleaned after prolonged use can leave an odor that is noticeable during the warm summer months. This can become so bad that it can stick to furniture and even your clothes.
If ash and other residue are left in the chimney for too long it can cause damage to the masonry. This is another good reason to clean your chimney soon after the cold season is over. This is especially important since weather conditions can further cause damage to chimney masonry if it is uncapped. Remember, the cap can get damaged or lost due to windy conditions. If you live in an area where there is any type of earthquake, this movement of the earth can make any cracks in the chimney even worse.
So go ahead and schedule your chimney maintenance now. This way you will be way ahead of the crowd when winter comes around. We perform all types of chimney inspections, cleanings, and minor repairs here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service. Our Chimney Sweeps are CSIA Certified and participate in continued education programs throughout the year. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to discuss any chimney problems you may be experiencing or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, inspection, or cleaning.