Chimney Sweeps of America often asks customers, is a chimney inspection on your spring cleaning list? If it’s not, it should be! You might not think too often about your chimney, figuring that it is a sturdy piece of masonry. The good news is that it probably is. However, even the sturdiest of chimneys can develop a problem occasionally, and sometimes chimney problems can have devastating consequences.
Even if you are the type to have your chimney properly cleaned and checked every year, you probably start thinking about it in the fall when you are getting ready to start using it again. While that’s great, Chimney Sweeps of America suggest adding it to your spring cleaning list, for several reasons.
- Your pick of appointments
Since most don’t think about their chimneys until fall, chimney sweeps get busy around that time of year. With less competition in the springtime, you are virtually assured to get whatever appointment time works the best for you. Plus, you can be sure that when the technician comes, he will be more relaxed and more able to take his time to ensure a thorough job is done.
- Fresh and clean for the summer
During the winter a lot of creosote and other gunk builds up on the inside of your chimney. It might not be that noticeable, but there is a slight odor associated with this buildup. This smell gets progressively stronger with warmer weather. Having your chimney cleaned in the spring eliminates those odors for the summer and helps keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
- Helps prevent corrosion
In addition to the smell, leaving that gunk inside your chimney can create a favorable environment for corrosion to take hold, particularly if water or even humidity finds its way inside. Left unchecked, it could eventually lead to serious chimney damage that will be much more expensive than a simple cleaning.
- Time to make repairs
If the inspection shows that your chimney has suffered damage, a springtime checkup leaves more time to get the issue resolved. Trying to get repairs done in the fall can be difficult because chimney sweeps are often overbooked. You might not be able to get the repairs done in time so that you can start using your chimney with the first cold snap. Taking care of chimney repairs during the spring, or even early summer, eradicates that stress and leaves you with the peace of mind that even if fall rolls in early this year, you are ready for it!
Is a chimney inspection on your spring cleaning list? Hopefully, you now understand why we ask and why it’s so important. So, if you need an inspection, repairs or simply have chimney related questions, feel free to have a chat with one of our knowledgeable employees here at Chimney Sweeps of America. Our staff is always ready and willing to answer your questions and alleviate your concerns when it comes to heating your home and keeping everyone and everything safe while doing it.