It’s easy to forget about your chimney during the summer months, as you may be too busy thinking about the sunshine and all the fun activities that come with this wonderful weather. The birds are chirping, the pool is cool, and all anyone wants to do is get their toes in some sand. But while I’ve got your attention, now is the time to direct your thoughts towards your chimney. It’s not the most glamorous part of your home, but you’ve got to plan ahead if you want to hang out by the fireplace come winter-time.
As winter fades into spring, which then fades into summer, you increasingly use your fireplace less frequently. As time passes, dust collects, and any soot or smoke stains sit unattended. Parts of your chimney that are exposed to the elements could become water damaged due to the porous nature of the brick exterior. Any blockages will continue to collect debris. By having your chimney cleaned and inspected now, any repairs that may need to be performed won’t get in the way of you using your fireplace when you really want to use it!
First things first, get your chimney swept. Whenever you are sitting by that nice, warm fire, there are substances that come from the burning wood that stick to the sides of your chimney as they flow upwards. These substances come in the form of different gases, smoke, tar, and unburned pieces of wood. Creosote is the name for the collection of this gross and damaging residue. The resulting build up over time can block up the flue or even cause chimney fires! We have a standard sweeping system that will remove this creosote, as well as more advanced methods to take away more advanced deposits.
Most of the time, homeowners don’t realize damage to their chimney until its too late. Regardless of how often you use your fireplace, it needs to be swept and inspected annually. Any buildup, damage, or blockages need to be be noted and removed accordingly. The Chimney Safety Institute of America has come out with a very informational video regarding the different levels of inspections we provide. Check out this infographic as well for additional information.
As the winter months approach, the demand for cleaning and repairs increase, and so does the wait time for appointments. Make sure to book a time for us to come out and service your chimney. Don’t hesitate to call us at (410) 590-4800.