Another burning season has come to an end. As the weather warms up outside, the fireplace is used less and eventually retired until the next chilly autumn night. But before you completely put your fireplace out of your mind, schedule a chimney sweep and inspection. The warmer months are the best time to schedule chimney maintenance for several reasons. 

Get  Ahead of the Rush 

When temperatures begin to cool down, chimney companies are bombarded. Cooler weather reminds many homeowners to get their chimneys checked out before burning the first fire of the season. Because of this, fall is the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps, and it may be difficult to get on the schedule. During the busy season, sweeps can be booked out for weeks at a time. By scheduling your chimney sweep and inspection now, you can avoid the chaos of burning season and get your chimney system ready for those cool days and nights. 

Catch Problems Early 

There are many issues that could be hiding in your chimney. A thorough chimney inspection can identify any problems that are affecting your chimney and fireplace. Some issues require multiple visits to repair. When you schedule a chimney sweep and inspection for the spring or summer, you’re giving yourself and your chimney sweep ample time to take care of any necessary repairs so that your fireplace is prepared for heavy use in the fall and winter. Being unable to use your fireplace when it’s cold can be frustrating. So, don’t wait to get that inspection. 

Prevent Fireplace Odors 

Warmer weather, increased humidity, and built up creosote from the previous burn season can result in a stinky fireplace. This is because the creosote, a result of wood combustion, sticks to the walls of your chimney and fireplace. When exposed to heat and moisture, creosote can produce unpleasant odors in your home. And, the moisture from humidity only gets worse as summer progresses. A chimney sweep will clear your chimney system of creosote, so you won’t have to worry about a smelly fireplace spoiling your spring. 

Save Money During the Holiday Season 

Peak burning season aligns with Christmas and other winter holidays, which can be a financial strain. Getting your chimney sweep and inspection done during spring or summer will eliminate the need to do it later on in the season, giving you less to worry about during a hectic gifting season. 

Peace of Mind 

We all get a rush of satisfaction from checking things off of our to-do lists. When you add your chimney sweep and inspection to your spring cleaning list, you can head into fall and winter knowing that your fireplace and chimney will be ready to go as soon as that first chilly night arrives. 

Although many people wait until fall to have their chimney cleaned, there are many benefits to scheduling your chimney service during the warmer months. Getting ahead of the busy season is always a great idea, so give Sootmaster a call today to schedule your chimney sweep and inspection. That way, you’re prepared for those cozy winter nights by the fire. 

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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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