Like everything else in your home, your fireplace and chimney needs annual maintenance. So, what better time than when you’re giving your whole house attention? While you’re putting together your Spring Cleaning to-do list don’t forget your fireplace and chimney.
You know better than anyone how your chimney and fireplace has been performing. If your efficiency has gone down, this is something to note. If it’s more difficult to light or keep a fire going, if you hear drips or see other indications of water in the chimney, this needs to be recorded. You can also visually inspect your chimney’s exterior. This is something you can remember to do when you clean your gutters. Make sure your chimney cap and flashing are in place.
Schedule Your Annual Maintenance
Once you have determined what might need to be addressed, schedule an appointment with a chimney professional. You should have your chimney seen by a professional, even if you see no indication of damage. The average homeowner won’t notice a problem until it has done substantial unseen damage. By visually inspecting your own chimney, though, you’re able to direct the certified chimney sweep to concerning issues with your chimney system. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends annual maintenance. This is keeps a chimney running safely and efficiently. Regular chimney sweeps keep the chimney clean of debris, soot, and creosote. These can lead to obstruction, unpleasant odors, and damage. The CSIA inspection is vitally important in diagnosing winter damage and regular wear-and-tear on the chimney system.
Schedule Necessary Repairs
If your chimney assessment indicates a problem with any part of your chimney system, those problems need to be addressed right away. A small issue can cause substantial damage over several months. This can happen even when the chimney isn’t being used. A crack can allow water to penetrate the chimney system throughout the entire spring season. Having repairs done now means you can have your chimney waterproofed. Thus, closing it out for the season and ready for use this fall.
Avoid the “Fall Rush” by Scheduling Now
Schedule your routine maintenance and repairs in the spring. Doing this avoids the hassle of appointments, repairs, and diagnostics in the fall. During the fall, your chimney sweep is busy with emergency calls, installations, and repairs. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the chimney ready for winter! You might be tempted to use a chimney that isn’t safe or ready. Plus, you may end up with a chimney sweep that you aren’t pleased with.
While Spring Cleaning is at the top of your list of priorities, schedule with Magic Sweep! Your safety and comfort is at the top of our priorities. Call 757-828-0404 or request an appointment online today.