Spring is the Best Time to Inspect and Sweep
By mainechimne63644266, Feb 6 2020 07:05PM
Annual chimney sweepings are an important part of keeping your fireplace burning as safely and efficiently as possible. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, homeowners should have their chimney swept at least once a year.
During a chimney sweeping, a certified chimney sweep will remove any soot, ash, creosote, or debris from the chimney using special brooms and other tools. Removing creosote is extremely important; creosote is a naturally occurring byproduct of wood burning fires, but is also extremely flammable. Because of this, removing creosote can significantly reduce the risk of accidental chimney fire.
Your annual chimney sweeping is also a good time to have your chimney inspected. Chimney inspections are important because they often help chimney sweeps identify small areas of damage before it turns into a major problem. During a chimney inspection, all accessible areas of the interior and exterior of the fireplace and chimney will be checked for signs of damage or deterioration. If any damage is found, your chimney sweep can recommend the appropriate repairs.
Benefits of spring chimney service:
Mild weather: Many chimney repairs cannot be completed if the weather is too cold. Spring’s mild temperatures are ideally suited for many masonry repairs.
No impact on use: In the fall or winter, waiting for an appointment can impact using your fireplace when you really need it. By having your chimney serviced in the spring, it will be ready to go when the weather cools off in the fall.
Available appointments: Because spring is the off season for the chimney industry, it is easier to get an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Shorter wait times: Along with more convenient appointment times, scheduling during the spring often means shorter wait times before services. This can be especially important if the chimney is damaged and needs immediate repairs.
Contact Maine Chimney Sweep at 618.235.6364 to schedule your spring appointment.