You may think fireplace maintenance and chimney issues are only something to think about in the fall and winter, but there is actually a lot of important things you should be addressing in the summer. If you are concerned about the state of your chimney, you should never put off care. At Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County, we want to offer you some helpful tips to keep an eye out for to ensure your home and family stay safe!
Notice A Bad Odor?
Creosote builds up in your chimney over time, and the hot, humid days of summer can send its unpleasant odor swooping through your home. If you notice bad odors coming from your fireplace, investing in a sweeping before your burning season will be your best bet for avoiding chimney fires.
Are You Protected Against Water Damage?
Water damage and leaks can take a toll on your masonry structure, so ensuring you are adequately protected from summertime rains is a must. Neglecting to take the precautions to protect your chimney could lead to really dangerous scenarios when burning season comes back. For instance, cracks, holes, and deterioration make you vulnerable to fires and carbon monoxide exposure, and damage to your chimney liner will put you at significant risk too.
We offer all kinds of services when it comes to leak protection such as chimney cap installation, crown repairs, flashing repairs, waterproofing, and more. Give your chimney the protection it deserves, so you can have peace of mind. Our team is here to help!
Do You Own A Fire Pit?
Throughout summer and even into fall, many homeowners use their fire pit to brighten outdoor events, relax at the end of a long day, and create an unbeatable aesthetic in their yard. If this is the case for you, keep these thoughts in mind to avoid home damages or personal injury. Even though we do not work on fire pits, we want to share some safety tips with you because we are all about safety when it comes to fire.
- Keep flammable items (paper plates, napkins, trash, etc.) away from the edges of the fire pit.
- Don’t use a flammable fluid such as gasoline, to light your fire pit.
- Check the wind direction before lighting things up, and be sure to remove anything downwind of the fire pit that could easily catch on fire.
- Ensure someone is always keeping an eye on the fire, and never leave pets or children alone by the fire pit.
- Burn only seasoned wood, and avoid using softwoods, as these tend to throw sparks.
- Keep some water or a hose handy in case something goes wrong.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing near the flames.
- Fully extinguish your fire before going inside for the night.
- Safely dispose of your ashes by putting them in an airtight metal container for a few days.
What Sets Us Apart?
Our dedication to further education, our passion for customer satisfaction, and our high level of professionalism set us apart from the rest when it comes to offering the best chimney services in the area. If you’re ready to work with a team that makes you a priority, then reach out to us today!