Spring is here!
Finally, the long winter has passed, and spring is here, bringing in fresh air and warm breezes. For homeowners, spring’s arrival means it’s time to get started on making spring cleaning checklists, and if you have a fireplace or wood stove in your house, that means your chimney needs a spring cleaning checklist too. Fortunately for you, you only have one step: make an appointment with Clean Sweep Anne Arundel County for your annual chimney sweep and inspection.
Time to refresh your chimney!
It makes sense to have your annual sweeping done in the spring because most people schedule their annual chimney inspections in the fall, so you won’t have a problem getting the appointment you want. Also, the sooner you have your chimney looked at after the heating season, the better. If there are problems that need repairing, you need to get them repaired quickly so no more costly structural damage occurs. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends homeowners have their chimneys inspected annually, so why not get into the habit of scheduling this appointment in the spring?
If you do your part of the spring checklist for your chimney and schedule that chimney sweeping and inspection with Clean Sweep Anne Arundel County, one of our licensed and certified technicians will come to your home and begin the inspection and cleaning process. Using modern technology, we use digital cameras to allow us to closely examine the interior of your chimney and decide which type of cleaning technique we will need to do, based on the type of creosote build-up in your chimney and what kind of chimney you have. We use three different chimney sweeping techniques:
- Standard Sweeping. Using the typical rotating brushes on long handles, along with a high-powered vacuum with a HEPA filter to keep debris and soot from getting in your home, this technique is effective for getting rid of average creosote deposits; however, if you have any major creosote build-up, as in 3rd stage, you will need a heavier-duty sweeping.
- Mechanical Cleaning. In order to remove hard or glazed creosote deposits, using high-speed rotating wire brushes, plastic cables, or specials chains are used to do the sweeping.
- Chemical Cleaning. Sometimes mechanical cleaning is not enough, and chemicals may have to be used along with the high-speed rotating power tools to get rid of big deposits of glazed creosote.
Once we do your sweeping and inspection, we will assess our findings and determine whether or not you need any repairs done to your chimney. Other than creosote build-up, the most common damage to chimneys seen after winter is water damage from leaks. If left unrepaired, this can lead to further, more costly structural damage. Clean Sweep Anne Arundel County can handle all of your chimney repair needs, if repair is necessary.
Take care of your spring checklist for your chimney today, and make an appointment with Clean Sweep Anne Arundel for your annual chimney sweep and inspection.