Annual Chimney Check: Beat the Rush!


During these late summer months, most Americans are packing for last minute vacations, shopping for school supplies, and breathing a sigh of relief as the worst of the heat waves subside, leaving them to relax in comfort. Not many, however, are scheduling chimney maintenance. Unfortunately, most homeowners will wait until fall or even early winter to schedule a chimney inspection and chimney sweep, in anticipation of long, chilly nights. There are several reasons why you should consider scheduling your appointment during the summer to beat the fall rush.

Availability of certified technicians

Our goal is to make sure that you are well-informed about the importance of having your chimney inspected annually and swept and repaired when needed. In doing so, you will be doing all you can to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire and your property from costly damages. You will also maximize enjoyment of your fireplace or furnace.

Our goal is to make sure that you are well-informed about the importance of having your chimney inspected annually and swept and repaired when needed. In doing so, you will be doing all you can to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire and your property from costly damages. You will also maximize enjoyment of your fireplace or furnace.

You want only the best for your family and the peace of mind that accompanies the knowledge that your chimney is clean and clear of creosote and other debris. Creosote is a highly flammable, tar-like substance that is the leading cause of chimney fires. Chimney fires, in turn, are a leading cause of house fires and can occur quite suddenly. Only a certified professional should attempt to rid your chimney system of creosote, but experienced and certified technicians may be difficult to schedule during the busy fall months. Schedule your appointment during the summer months to avoid the wait, and ensure that your fireplace is ready to use when you are ready to use it.

Removal of animals and animal nests

You want your home to be warm, inviting and festive for holiday guests. You do not, however, wish for your home to invite “other” guests, such as squirrels, snakes or birds. While some animals will find their way out of your chimney, others will take up residence and build nests. Animal nests are, quite simply, a fire hazard. Sparks from your fire will travel upward, and can ignite anything left behind by resident wildlife. During your chimney sweep, a technician can determine whether any animals have inhabited your chimney system and can recommend the best way to remove them. It is best to do this during the summer months, as removal may involve animal control or even protected wildlife services and can cause delays in the service of your chimney. They may even be able to remove the problem during the service visit.

Time for additional maintenance

You want quality. While your chimney sweep may not vary in cost of service from season to season, chances are that a home repair contractor will. During the spring thaw and summer rains, your roof and chimney may show signs of structural deficiency or damage. Whether a leaky roof, a need for a new flue or a cracked masonry structure, you will need to repair any damage caused by bad weather before the onset of winter. A certified chimney sweep is able to determine which services your chimney needs, and you will have more time to find a reputable and qualified repair service if the problem is spotted early in the season. Time is on your side, so shop around!

Don’t wait until October to schedule an annual inspection of your chimney system. Your fireplace is not only a focal point and gathering place, but also a source of security and comfort to your family. Schedule your maintenance appointment during the summer months and you will be ready to showcase your fireplace with no hassle when the cold fronts arrive.