If you’re like most people, you don’t give your chimney a second thought during the middle of summer when temperatures are at their highest. However, neglecting your chimney could have negative consequences when the time comes to light a fire, such as chimney fires and damaged structures. By getting your fireplace inspected and cleaned during the off-season, you can enter the winter months knowing everything is in working order.
Continue reading to learn more about why chimney sweeps are necessary during the summer, including the following:
Chimney sweeps are necessary to keep homes safe and warm throughout the cold seasons. Depending on your location, lighting your fireplace may be required as early as October. If you intend to use your fireplace as soon as temperatures drop, the best time to clean a chimney is during the off-season when the weather is warmest.
By conducting fireplace and chimney cleaning during the off-season, you can prevent unwanted repairs, protect your home from potential hazards, and ensure everything is in order come winter.
If you used your fireplace during the previous winter, it’s a good rule of thumb to conduct summertime cleaning before lighting another fire. However, specific tell-tale signs may indicate your chimney requires cleaning:
- Fireplace walls have oil marks
- You hear the scuttling of small animals
- Your fireplace has a potent smell
- Fires were quickly extinguished during its previous use
- There was excess smoke during its last use
- The fireplace damper is blackened with creosote
Late fall is the busiest time of year for chimney cleaning services, as that’s when most people begin lighting fires and discovering that their chimneys need maintenance. Waiting this late in the year to contact a chimney sweep can lead to delays that prevent you from using your fireplace, but scheduling an inspection date in the summer is much more realistic.
You shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’ll be able to use your fireplace next season, but that’s the reality for those that choose to wait until the temperature has already changed to get an inspection. Cleaning your chimney during the off-season grants peace of mind knowing that your fireplace is ready for use come winter.
The earlier your fireplace is inspected and cleaned, the sooner you’re going to discover potential issues that require attention. These issues can include cracked flues, damaged caps, flaking bricks, eroded lining, and other structural problems that could worsen if not caught early on—it doesn’t cost nearly as much to repair a fireplace as it does to replace your entire chimney.
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If you try to use a fireplace full of soot and creosote, you’re more likely to experience a chimney fire. Chimney fires can cause significant damage to your fireplace and potentially spread to other parts of your home. Cleaning your chimney of any blockage before using it in the winter can prevent fires from erupting in your home.
It’s common for birds, raccoons, squirrels, and even bats to make homes from chimneys, but this can pose a problem when you attempt to light your first fire of the season. Summer chimney sweeps are necessary to clear out nests and other debris that could prevent smoke from escaping.
A build-up of creosote and animal droppings can create a foul odor throughout your home, especially on days when temperatures exceed the average. Cleaning these obstructions from your chimney alleviates unwanted smells and prevents them from worsening the next time you use your fireplace.
If you want to get ahead of your chimney cleaning and enter the upcoming season with a pristine fireplace, turn to Approved Home Improvements. As a full-service construction company, we deliver top-quality chimney cleaning and brick repair services to keep your home cozy and comfortable. We also provide outdoor living and home remodeling services, including pool landscaping, outdoor kitchens, patios, fire and water damage restoration, tuckpointing, and a multitude of other services. With Approved Home Improvements, a clean chimney is only a call away.
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