It’s officially spring, which means warmer weather. By the end of winter, many homeowners are downright tired, but it’s important to take care of your fireplace and chimney system to close out the season. Luckily, a professional chimney sweep company has you covered. Your end-of-winter services are just a phone call away!
After a long winter, one of the most necessary services is the chimney sweep. Each day and night your fireplace was burning for these last few months, soot and creosote has been coating the inside of the flue system. The humidity of summer will mingle with the soot and creosote, causing less-than-satisfactory odors! You won’t have to breathe in these odors or chemicals when you hire a professional for the chimney sweep. Our sister company, Total Chimney Care, provides chimney sweeping services to our service area. It’s one of the most popular services for spring-for good reason! Homeowners who schedule regular chimney sweeps see better results from their appliances, including more efficient fires. Leaving creosote in the chimney can break down the materials in your fireplace while posing a serious fire hazard the next time you light a fire.
A lot can happen with your chimney system during one burn season. For example, small problems can turn into a major hazard. This may go unnoticed until it’s seen by a professional. That is why inspections are so important. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend annual chimney inspections for the safest and most efficient chimney possible. Many homeowners choose to schedule an inspection during spring to ensure it’s ready for fall, to avoid any water damage from “April showers”, and to use tax refund money to pay for necessary repairs that may be identified. You don’t have to schedule your inspection this spring if you’ve had one in the last 12 months, but it’s important to have one annually. If you’re waiting until fall to schedule your inspection, make sure you schedule ahead to beat the fall rush.
Repairs and Waterproofing
If you have noticed a problem with your fireplace appliance or with your chimney, now is the time to have it repaired. You should never wait to have chimney repairs completed. During winter there may be a fire risk, and during spring and summer you may be allowing water into the system. Scheduling spring-time repairs can prevent damage from occurring this spring and summer while giving you time before burn season to pay for major repairs.
Ask your chimney sweep about waterproofing services. Completed in one simple appointment, waterproofing doesn’t change the appearance of the masonry, but puts an invisible barrier between the masonry, and the weather. This specially-formulated sealant will allow your chimney to continue working properly, while adequately protected from water.
Not sure what type of service your fireplace needs? Call a Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame or stop by today.