Most people know just how important it is to have a chimney maintenance schedule. Even so, there may be a few things they don’t understand fully. This creates the possibility of making a few mistakes, or ignoring key aspects of maintenance. Here are some things you don’t want to be guilty of if you want to ensure that your chimney always works effectively.
Choosing the Wrong Sweep. For a first timer, it may take a while to find the right chimney technician, but there is another thing to consider. A number of homeowners fall victim to chimney cleaning scams each year. Talk to neighbors who are satisfied with the chimney services they receive. You can ask the chimney sweep for references as well.
Not Knowing Enough about Chimney Maintenance
A little knowledge goes a long way, and this is also true of chimney maintenance. You should learn as much as you can about the signs of inefficiency in the chimney’s operation. You should also know how to spot the signs of damage. This way you will never take the look of the chimney for granted. If something does not look right, you can call a technician for an inspection.
Taking too Long to Call the Sweep
An early appointment is always best if you want your chimney to be in the best possible condition during winter. Many people leave the chimney cleaning and inspection until right before winter. At this point, you might have difficulty getting an appointment. Rates might also be lower if you contact a chimney sweep early.
Trying to Clean the Chimney
Generally, chimney sweeps do not discourage homeowners from doing this, but there are limitations to what you can do. Light creosote buildup is not difficult to get rid of, but this becomes more difficult as time passes and you use the chimney more often. You will not have the right tools to remove hard creosote properly. Getting deep into the chimney will also be a challenge for most people.
Not Responding to Damage
Even minor chimney damage is not something you should take lightly. A small crack can cause moisture to enter the chimney mortar. Flaking mortar is another flaw that you should address quickly. A chimney sweep always looks for damage, but if you see problems you should call one to make an appointment.
Give me a call at 610-626-2439 if you’re not sure whether you need to worry about chimney maintenance. One of the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service can inspect your chimney to make sure it’s properly serviced each year. Avoid problems and extra costs by being proactive with chimney care. This will make your chimney safe for any winter season.