Reasons Spring is the Best Time for Chimney Inspection and Cleaning
By mainechimne63644266, Mar 25 2020 08:33PM
After a long, cold winter, your chimney and fireplace would have served its purpose and kept you nice and warm. However, now with the freshness of spring you want to enjoy the clean air both inside and outside the house. One of the first steps to ensure that you truly have fresh air inside is to clean your chimney and fireplace to get rid of the smoke. This is important since chimneys mostly get dirty and smelly when they are used, and they are mostly used in the winter.
Once used, there tend to be a buildup of creosote in chimneys. This substance can be deadly and lead to chimney fires, so it is important to remove creosote as soon as possible. The odor from this acidic substance will also detract from the freshness of your home. Fireplace odors tend to get worse as the months become warmer. During the warmer months, moisture can react with the creosote and degrade the masonry in your chimney. This can cause costly repairs to the chimney and flute. For these reasons, spring maintenance and cleaning of fireplaces and chimneys make sense.
Avoid cold nights in winter by handling chimney maintenance when it’s warm outside. It can be more difficult to perform needed repairs during inclement winter weather. In addition, it’s necessary to discontinue the use of your fireplace for a full 24 hours prior to repair appointments. You may need to go one or more nights without the added heat from your fireplace, if you wait until the weather gets cold again. An early maintenance will find potential issues so that you have time to get them repaired before winter rolls around again.
You will have peace of mind, knowing that your chimney is ready for winter when it rolls back around.
The joy and comfort of a clean living space is not only healthier, but contributes to your well-being and the enjoyment of your home.
Give us a call at 618.235.6364 if Maine Chimney Sweep can assist you with your chimney needs this year. Make sure to schedule your post-winter chimney inspection and cleaning by spring so we can get you on the schedule. Don’t wait until the end of summer, because that’s when our rush starts. Plan early and get it over with early.