Now that it is warming up outside, your fireplace and chimney are probably far from your mind. While we know that is the case, it is important to remember the heavy use they got all winter keeping you warm, as well as the harsh weather conditions they suffered through.
The last thing you want is a broken or dangerous chimney come next fall and winter when you need it the most. So, instead of putting it on the back burner until then, why not try out a few chimney services this spring to keep your chimney and fireplace in tip-top shape during the off-season.
The Benefits of Spring Chimney Services
Most often people line up to get their chimneys cleaned in the fall so if you wait until then you might find yourself waiting a while. Stay ahead of the curve and schedule your chimney services in spring before chimney sweeps get overbooked and enjoy a convenient, intimate, thorough chimney service experience with someone who has time and energy for you.
If there are lingering problems that occurred in winter, it is best to get them looked at ASAP. For instance, if you have a dead animal in your chimney, do you really want that odor staying around until fall?
Working ahead by maintaining your chimney in a timely fashion is not only smart and safe, but it could save you money. If you have a creosote buildup, damage, or corrosion, getting it repaired in spring instead of fall could save you a lot of money you might of had to spend on repairs. You also can catch damage ahead of time in spring before it gets even worse and costs you more money.
Chimney Services to Try This Spring
Have your chimney swept: If you have been using your fireplace or wood stove in the fall and winter, then there is no doubt soot and creosote buildup inside your chimney. This is a problem that should be dealt with sooner rather than later, as this type of buildup can cause hazardous gases to fill your home, along with pungent odors and possible fires.
Have your chimney inspected: Give yourself peace of mind by getting your chimney inspection out of the way in spring, leaving your fireplace ready to go at a moment’s notice when the cooler weather hits. Along with beating the busy season by scheduling your inspection for spring, you will also be able to tend to any problems your chimney professional finds in a more timely fashion.
Have your chimney prepared for spring rain: Water and chimneys do not mix, and unfortunately rain is inevitable in the spring. Repairing chimney crown or flashing problems that were caused in winter at the first of spring can seal your home and chimney better and put a stop to leaks and water damage. Additionally, applying waterproofing sealant can also protect your chimney against water.