Spring is a very viable time to do home repairs including cleaning your chimney. This is because it comes after a season of heavy fireplace usage that has most likely led to creosote buildup in the chimney liner walls. Creosote is a compound that forms during burning when smoke and moisture condense in the walls of the chimney. Not only is it a stubborn stain, but it also releases an unpleasant odor and is the leading cause of chimney fires. Spring chimney inspections and sweeping are done by a professional chimney cleaning company to ensure that water leakages are dealt with before they lead to brick damage.
Winter does far worse damage to the chimney than any other time of the year. After the winter, many chimneys are left needing a lot of repairs and cleaning. This is because during winter chimneys are exposed to freezing waters known to deteriorate chimneys very fast. Snow sitting on chimney the entire season eventually slowly drips into your chimney. If this water seeps into your masonry and eventually condenses, it can crack your masonry. Imagine this happening to your chimney every year.
While chimneys can be repaired all year round, certain masonry work requires above freezing temperatures to properly cure. Spring is the most suitable time for any major chimney repair.
So before you dive into the warmth that comes with spring and summer, make sure you have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney cleaning company. A professional will spare you a DIY which can be tedious and can get your chimney and fireplace ready for next fall as soon as possible.
Some Good Reasons to Contract a Chimney Cleaning Company in the Spring
Remove Winter Residue
Having consistently used your fireplace throughout the winter season, creosote and soot have no doubt accumulated in your chimney’s flue. Good chimney practice advises that instead of waiting a whole year, it is important to have your chimney cleaned regularly to remove the soot and creosote buildup. Creosote is highly flammable and can be triggered by a stray spark to cause a chimney fire which can result in house fires if not contained in time.
A creosote buildup also leads to premature deterioration of the chimney system. Not to mention that a clogged chimney wall inhibits the flow of fresh air to your home. Don’t you want the fresh spring air after winter? Then have your chimney clean to rid it of soot, smoke, and the pungent odor of creosote. If left well into spring, the odor only tends to get worse with warmth. There is no downplaying the joy of a clean environment. A clean living area means a healthier life, well-being, and safety.
Most homeowners think of chimney cleaning just before winter or in the middle of the cold season. Needless to say, during these times a chimney cleaning company is usually swamped, especially if they are a reputable chimney sweep. During the spring, your technician has a more flexible schedule. This means you can get a date and time that is suitable for you and they also have ample time for a proper chimney inspection and an equally thorough cleaning. If they discover damage that needs attention during the inspection, they can take their time with your permission to fix it however time-consuming it might be.
Spring maintenance done early enough ensures potential dangerous issues are dealt with in time before the next winter. Potential damages that a chimney sweep might find include a damaged damper and flue liner. A damaged damper can hamper smoke from leaving your chimney. This means if your damper is not working efficiently, the smoke can enter your home, and won’t have any way to get out. Smoke inhalation can pose a serious health risk. An early diagnosis also gives you time to plan your finances so that a proper repair can be done in time.
Don’t leave your chimney’s well-being to chance. Make an appointment today with our professionals who will provide a full-service chimney cleaning and also give you important tips on how to care for your chimney and fireplace.