Since spring has finally arrived, most of us have cleaned out and shut up our fireplaces for the season. Even if you don’t plan on using your fireplace again until things cool down in the fall, springtime may be the best time to have your chimney swept!
Having your chimney swept early helps you beat the rush in the fall – our busiest season – and ensures that your fireplace is ready to use when you’re ready to use it. Below are just a few of the benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep early.
The importance of annual chimney sweepings
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, homeowners should have their chimneys swept at least once per year. Likewise, National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 also states that, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”
Annual chimney maintenance like sweepings and inspections are an important part of keeping your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. During a chimney sweeping, your certified chimney sweep will use special hoses and brushes to remove ash, soot, and creosote that has built up in the flue after a year of use. Removing creosote is especially important as this byproduct of combustion is extremely flammable; creosote ignition is the leading cause of chimney fire, and removing it during an annual sweeping is one of the best ways to prevent chimney fires from occurring.
Chimney inspections can also keep your fireplace burning safely. During an inspection, your certified sweep will check all accessible interior and exterior parts of the chimney for signs of damage or deterioration. Inspections can help identify minor problems before they require serious – and costly – repairs.
Benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep in spring
Even if you aren’t currently using your fireplace, spring is a great time to have your chimney swept. Below are just a few of the benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep early.
– Have your chimney ready in the fall. By having your chimney swept in the spring, there will be no delay waiting for services when temperatures cool off again in the fall.
– No delays in repairs. Many masonry repairs can only be done in mild weather conditions ; this can cause delays in getting repairs done during the fall and winter. Mild temperatures and a lack of severe weather can keep repairs on track.
– Convenient appointment times. Because spring is a typically “slow” season for chimney sweeps, customers are more likely to get a convenient appointment time. This also means you most likely won’t have to spend weeks waiting for an appointment to open up.
Don’t wait until fall to have your chimney swept! Schedule your chimney services during the spring and have your fireplace be ready to use again in the fall. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule your spring chimney sweep appointment.