Being knowledgeable on different types of chimney maintenance is important for any homeowner with a fireplace. Regular upkeep will keep your chimney running efficiently and will help to ensure the safety of your home and family. Many find themselves wondering how often to schedule an inspection and what type of year is ideal for this.
It is recommended that your chimney is cleaned and inspected at least once per year. If you find that you use your chimney frequently throughout the year, getting two or three inspections may be a good idea and will offer you peace of mind when burning fires for your friends and family to enjoy.
As far as the ideal time of year for calling a sweep in, many recommend scheduling an appointment during the summer months.
So, why is the summertime ideal for scheduling an inspection? Check out a few of the many benefits below.
Lessens Odors: Because people tend to run the air conditioning more in the summer, the various smells that a chimney produces are more likely to spread throughout the house. The biggest reason your fireplace will smell is due to creosote build-up in your chimney. Creosote forms whenever fires are burned in the fireplace and the more you have, the more distinct the odor will be. Schedule a cleaning to get rid of that excess debris and your home will smell fresher before you know it.
Reduces Delays: If you are planning to use your chimney this upcoming fall season, then you should not wait until the last minute to schedule an inspection. Chimney sweeps book up fast in the months preceding winter because so many homeowners are gearing up for more frequent fireplace use. By getting a cleaning in right away, you can rest easy knowing that your fireplace is free to use whenever you and your family want to enjoy it.
Prepares For Repairs: In the event that you are in need of some type of chimney repair, the summertime is ideal for fixing things up. As far as masonry and mortar work, it is best done when temperatures are within a certain range and, once cold weather sets in, these repairs cannot be done until things heat up again. Not to mention, if the fix is going to take some time, an early inspection will ensure that you have plenty of time to get things were they need to be before any snow hits.
At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we have all of the tools and expertise you need to get your chimney in top condition before the winter months arrive. Do not wait until it is too late and schedule a cleaning and inspection right away! Visit us online, stop on by, or give us a call. We look forward to assisting you with all of your chimney and fireplace needs!