There are plenty of reasons to call and schedule your annual inspection and chimney sweeping now. Since fall is our busy season, now is the perfect time to get your chimney inspected and swept. Then your fireplace will be ready to use when the cold comes around again.
Clean Out Blockages
It’s a good idea to get your chimney cleaned now because it gives our technicians plenty of time to clear out blockages in your chimney. Birds and other animals are known to use chimneys as nesting places. In fact, if you have heard chirping or scratching noises coming from your chimney, then you most likely had wild animals inside your chimney. Those nests and debris collected can cause sparks. If they are left inside your chimney, this could start a chimney fire. It’s a good idea to have your chimney cleared out and properly maintained, so your fireplace is ready for use during the cold months.
Another reason to schedule your cleaning now is because of the odor that creosote causes. Creosote is the residue left on the interior of your chimney during combustion. The smoke released from a wood fire contains many chemicals, as well as water vapor. As it travels up the chimney, it cools and condenses onto the walls, leaving a sticky or crumbly black or brown substance to coat the interior of your chimney. This substance is a fire hazard, and the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends yearly chimney sweeping to prevent high levels of creosote.
When it comes to creosote, even an eighth of an inch is very dangerous. Beyond being a fire hazard, creosote is smelly, especially when it mixes with the hot, humid summer air. If you’ve been noticing an unpleasant aroma coming from your chimney, it’s most likely the cause of creosote.
Restorations or Repairs
Over time, your chimney deteriorates and becomes less efficient. When our experts sweep your chimney, we’ll be on the lookout for any repairs needed. We’ll make sure your damper, chimney liner, and chimney cap are all in good condition, and no signs of a chimney fire is found. Call today at 413-436-7946 to set up an appointment with our certified sweeps right now!