If you are way ahead of the game and you have already had your chimney cleaned for the season, you may think that you are all set. Technically you are, because you can use your fireplace without having to worry about creosote, damaged bricks, and faulty dampers. However, it is never too early to plan for your next chimney cleaning.
You can have your chimney cleaned during the spring and then you will not have to worry about having to wait weeks to have it done during the fall or early winter season. Chimney sweeps are not as busy during the spring months and it will be easier to get an appointment.
Here are 3 reasons why you should make an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned in the spring:
Your fireplace works hard all winter long as you sit in front of a warm cozy fire drinking hot cocoa. By getting it cleaned in the spring, you will find out if any major damage occurred during the winter months or if any animals decided to crawl in for a warm place to live. You will not want to go through the summer with a critter inside the chimney, because the smell will be unbearable.
Spring is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to see if your chimney needs to be relined. The chimney liner protects the chimney walls from smoke and gases and prevents chimney fires from starting. When a chimney liner is cracked, carbon monoxide can leak into your house and cause health issues like headaches, nausea, and unconsciousness. Your chimney liner can also rust, corrode, or get damaged by animals.
Appointments can also be made to replace a damper or chimney cap. A damper that does not close properly will allow cold air to escape your home and bugs and rain can also find their way through it. The chimney cap is important because it will also keep rain out of your house and it will prevent animals from crawling in and making themselves at home inside your chimney.
Since chimney experts are not as busy during the spring months, you will find that any issues with your chimney can be fixed quickly. You will not be one of the homeowners who are waiting to have their chimney cleaned as the temperatures drop quickly during the fall months. Instead, you will be one of the homeowners sitting in front of their fireplace staying warm.
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. Remember, call to schedule an appointment early before spots fill up.