When it is time to tackle spring cleaning for your home, don’t forget your chimney system! We often keep up with everything in our home to maintain the value of the property such as the landscaping or aesthetics. However, too many homeowners neglect the necessary services to keep their chimney system safe and efficient. At Mr. Smokestack, we want to remind you the importance of keeping up with you chimney to keep your family and home safe.
A Well-Used Chimney is a Dirty Chimney
All winter long, your fire produces gases, extreme heat, soot, and creosote. All of these things create specific conditions that make the flue susceptible to damage. The soot and creosote can corrode the liner and damage the masonry throughout. The summer humidity can also mingle with these materials and lead to further damage and nasty odors. The only way to fix these problems and prevent more problems is to schedule a professional chimney sweep.
Chimney Sweeps Prevent Odors & Damage
When you schedule a chimney cleaning in the spring, you can avoid foul odors in the off-season. Since there is no fire, there is no heat to create a draft up the chimney. Instead, air pressures outside the home cause air to push down the chimney and into the home. The draft carries with it the foul odors of the soot and creosote, resulting in a strong odor of smoke or dirty barbecue grill.
When the soot and creosote are cleaned out from the interior of the chimney, your liner and masonry will also benefit from it too, as the corrosive effects of these materials are gone. During your chimney sweep, your chimney expert will also report any damage to the system. With a clean system, cracks and gaps are more noticeable in the interior of your system. Additionally, a chimney sweeping may be the only time that a professional gets a glimpse into the system’s interior.
Chimney Sweeps Prepare the Chimney for Fall
Many homeowners close out their system without scheduling services. It is possible to have a chimney system that works well and lasts a long time if you decide to save the chimney maintenance until fall. However, at Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, we see a lot of customers waiting until the fall to address chimney sweepings, inspections, and repairs. This leaves them in a hard place, as these services cannot be handled and taken care of in a timely manner before fireplace seasons kicks off again.
Unless you schedule far in advance for services in the fall, chimney sweep companies are too busy to take on new appointments. This time between October and January is called the Fall Rush. Avoid the fall rush by scheduling services now. Looking for a chimney sweep to schedule your spring services? Hire our certified chimney sweep at Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service, call us at 919-747-1859 or schedule online!