Spring Checklist for Your Chimney
After a long, brutal winter, the spring season has finally arrived. With its arrival comes the grand task of spring cleaning, and one step people often forget or ignore is your home’s chimney. While a lot of homeowners think the best time to schedule their annual chimney sweeping is in the fall, actually, you are much better off taking care of this important maintenance business in the spring, after the heating season. Finding and fixing problems earlier will save you money as well as prevent possible further damage to your chimney. Making a spring checklist for your chimney is simple; you only have one step: contact Chimney Saver Solutions and make an appointment for your annual chimney sweep and inspection today. We will take care of the rest of the items on your spring checklist for your chimney.
What Goes on During an Inspection and Sweeping?
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a homeowner should have his or her chimney professionally swept and inspected at least once a year. When we send one of our certified Chimney Saver Solutions over to do your annual chimney sweep
and inspection, be prepared for the following:
- Removal of creosote build-up. Creosote is the residue of everything that has come out of your chimney: smoke, gases, unburned wood particles, water vapor, hyrdocarbon volatile, and other minerals. Its appearance can vary – black or brown, hardened or gooey, flaky or crusty. However it looks, all creosote is very dangerous because it is highly flammable, and if you have a large build-up of creosote in your chimney that is not removed, you are risking a chimney fire.
- Carbon monoxide prevention. Called the “odorless killer,” the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that carbon monoxide poisoning kills hundreds of people every year as well as makes thousands ill. Carbon monoxide can build up in your chimney if your chimney is not regularly cleaned. Unburned carbon and sulfur, or oil soot, collects in your chimney and keeps gases from flowing causing a combustion process that makes carbon monoxide. Regular maintenance of your chimney keeps this oil soot from gathering and blocking your chimney.
- High-tech video camera footage of the interior of your chimney. With our video cameras attached to rods, we are able to get up-close views of the inside of your chimney. This can alert us to problems like loose bricks or cracked mortar that would be hard to spot without the video camera. We can also find damage done by animals, creosote, and soot. This tool allows us to be proactive in repairing your chimney if there are any problems, such as water leakage.
Basically, what you can expect with Chimney Saver Solutions’ spring checklist for your chimney is a thorough chimney cleaning and a Level 1 chimney inspection. If any repairs are needed, don’t worry; Chimney Saver Solutions has certified technicians ready for all sorts of chimney repair. Take care of your spring checklist for your chimney today by contacting Chimney Saver Solutions to make an appointment for your annual chimney sweep.