As summer’s hot temperatures continue to rise outside, very few homeowners are using their fireplaces for anything other than decoration. While it may still be too hot to enjoy a fire, fall will be here before we know it! This year, schedule your chimney sweeping for the summer to make sure your fireplace system is ready to use in the fall.
Why choose summer chimney maintenance
Very few homeowners pay attention to their fireplaces when the weather outside is warm. What many may not know, however, is that the warm months of summer make for one of the best times of year for chimney maintenance!
Because the temperatures outside are warmer, few people are using their fireplaces. This means that homeowners experience no breaks is usage while the chimney is being swept or when waiting for repairs. Likewise, some masonry repairs cannot be done in cold or wet conditions, making the summer the ideal time for chimney maintenance.
If all you need is a chimney sweeping, summer is the ideal time of year to schedule your appointment. Summer is traditionally considered a “slow” season for chimney sweeps; for homeowners, this means shorter wait times and greater availability of convenient appointments!
Why having a chimney swept is important
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that all homeowners have their chimneys swept at least once per year. Even if you take excellent care of your fireplace, use an alternative fuel such as gas, or rarely use your fireplace it is still recommended to have an annual chimney sweeping.
If you use your fireplace as a primary heat source or keep it burning for most of the winter, your chimney may need to be swept more than once per year. In addition to a regular annual sweeping, fireplaces should be swept anytime the sooty buildup in the flue is greater than 1/8th of an inch. This amount of buildup typically occurs after burning one full cord of wood; if you use more than this amount each season, talk to you technician about scheduling additional chimney sweepings.
Having your chimney regularly swept is an important part of ensuring your family’s health and safety. When chimneys are swept, creosote buildup within the flue is removed. Created by fuel burning fires, creosote is extremely flammable; when ignited by sparks or embers from the fire, creosote ignition is the leading cause of chimney fire.
Excessive creosote buildup can also cause chimney odors, especially during the warm and humid months of summer. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor within your home, this can also affect the air quality. This is especially dangerous for those with respiratory problems such as asthma.
While very few homeowners use their fireplaces during the summer, we shouldn’t forget our chimneys just because the weather outside is hot. This year, schedule summer chimney maintenance in order to prepare your fireplace system for the fall. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney here today to schedule your summer chimney sweeping!