When the weather starts to warm up, it is typical to cut back on fireplace use. Yet, just because you are not lighting fires as often, does not mean that you can neglect your chimney. Regular maintenance and upkeep are just as important in the spring and summer months as it is in the fall and winter. Check out just some of the many reasons why scheduling a cleaning this spring will keep your chimney sturdier over time and will make your life easier in the long run.
After enjoying multiple fires throughout the cold months, it is likely that large amounts of creosote have built up inside of your chimney. Getting your chimney swept clean of this debris is important in reducing the risk of fires within the home. Creosote is highly flammable meaning any fires lit in a dirty chimney will put yourself and your family at a higher risk of danger.
Another issue with creosote is its potential for causing nasty odors. Once the warmer weather hits, people like to turn on the air conditioning more frequently. This practice often makes the creosote smell more prominent throughout the home, making visitors and family members more uncomfortable.
Springtime is perfect for taking care of any cracks in brickwork and catching up on needed repairs. Often time the weather conditions this time of year is ideal for letting the various chemicals and mortar dry properly. If it is too cold, they will freeze and crumble, yet extreme heat is not ideal, either. Scheduling these fixes is smart to do early in the season before temperatures drop and the opportunity passes.
It also is ideal for inspecting and repairing any flashing, chimney caps, or other parts of the chimney that may be breaking down. The weather conditions make it easier to access these various parts and there will be no snow piled up, getting in the way. It also removes the chance of the roof is covered in ice and is an all-around safer option for repairmen and chimney sweeps.
Waterproofing your chimney is essential in keeping it strong, and springtime is ideal for getting this job done. It is best done after repairs and cleanings have taken place. Once your chimney is in tip-top shape, the waterproofing will help to ensure it stays that way, preventing any excess moisture from entering the brick and mortar. Without it, water may penetrate and cause a lot of damage and deterioration, eventually making your chimney unsuitable for regular use.
A professional will be able to assess your situation and get your chimney in the best shape possible so that you can enjoy your fireplace to the fullest when winter comes back around. At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, our chimney experts are trained and certified, ensuring that you will be left with the best service possible. Keep your home and family safe, and schedule a cleaning and inspection today!