Schedule a Cleaning Today to Beat the Fall Rush


We all know how fast the summer can speed by. Vacations, visits to the local pool, picnics, hiking – all of these fun activities make the time fly. Before you know it, the leaves are changing color and there’s a cool chill in the air, and you realize you haven’t had your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned yet! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time left before the snow flies – but you should schedule your cleaning now!

Every Year?

Having your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned every year is a necessity, even if it wasn’t a particularly hard winter and your fireplace didn’t get much use. Although it may be tempting to let this slide, there are many reasons why this is not a good idea.

Creosote

First, when you use your fireplace, unburned wood particles, water vapor, tar, and other minerals are released. These particles, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) website, are known as creosote, and creosote is released into the atmosphere through the chimney. However, not all the particles are released; some actually stick to the inside of your chimney, and, over time, a build-up can occur. Creosote build-up is more likely to occur during heavy usage during a cold winter, but it can also occur during mild winters when fires don’t burn as hot and intense because these fires tend to smolder more, which can also cause a creosote build-up.

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Although it may not be visible to the untrained eye, your chimney may have structural damage caused by water damage. Although the bricks, stones, or blocks that make up your chimney can be damaged by water, the area that is especially predisposed to damage from the natural elements, such as rain, sleet, and snow, is the mortar between the bricks. This is because these liquids can get into the mortar, and when the temperature falls to freezing or below, the liquids expand and can cause structural damage that can lead to the need for major repairs.

Blockages

Your chimney offers a great place for dried leaves, sticks, and other debris to accumulate. Chimneys.com reports that birds and squirrels (as well as other critters) are attracted to your chimney because it offers a handy space outside of the elements to build a nest. Unfortunately, these nests and other materials can cause blockages in your chimney. This can cause the air that is supposed to be escaping from your chimney to be trapped inside your home instead. Worse, blockages can also catch sparks from the fire in your fireplace and cause a chimney or a house fire.

Pozzi Chimney Sweep For All Your Chimney Needs

These are some of the reasons it’s important that you don’t neglect an annual chimney inspection and cleaning. The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweep are CSIA certified and highly trained to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and clean. Be sure to beat the fall rush and schedule your inspection and cleaning today so that you’ll be ready for the cool autumn days that will be here before you know it!