Spring Time

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.Chimney cleaning company

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. 

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Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st.

This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.”

“Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.”

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks

In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints.
Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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