When was the last time you thought about your chimney? With summer in full swing, the answer is probably not anytime recently. Taking the time to care for your chimney this summer pays dividends this fall. Here’s what you stand to gain by scheduling your chimney sweeping and inspection this summer.
When summer turns to fall, most homeowners turn to their fireplace and chimney systems in anticipation of cooler days ahead. That leads to a fall rush for chimney sweeps, which can have you waiting weeks to have your chimney swept and inspected. When you schedule your chimney sweeping during the summer, you beat the fall rush. You won’t have to wait weeks for a chimney sweep. You will also have an easier time finding an appointment that fits best into your schedule.
Ample Time for Repairs and Improvements
Usually, chimney sweepings and inspections are quick, no-fuss affairs. However, sometimes inspections uncover problems. Or, sometimes homeowners take advantage of their chimney technician’s expertise to discuss the possibility of hearth improvements. Whether your chimney requires a necessary repair or you’d like to upgrade your fireplace or chimney, a summertime chimney sweeping and inspection provides you with all the time you need to have work done. By not waiting for fall, you have ample time to have a repair or an upgrade made to your fireplace or chimney.
Eliminate or Avoid Chimney Odors
Chimneys can be stinky places. The byproducts that accumulate in your chimney can cause unpleasant odors on their own. Sometimes, animals or debris find their way in and cause an entirely different array of smells to emanate from your chimney. Odors often intensify during the summer, when chimneys sit unused and warm temperatures embellish any trapped stenches. Having your chimney swept in the summer can remove the root causes of chimney odors. This will save you from the frustration and embarrassment of having chimney odors fill your home on hot summer days.
Protect Your Chimney
In addition to causing odors, buildup in your chimney can cause damage. If animals make home in your chimney, their nests and claws can damage your chimney liner. In addition, rotting debris can hold damaging moisture against your chimney flue. The byproducts of your fires alone are corrosive and can wear away at chimney liners if allowed to sit in place. Sweeping your chimney as soon as the fire-burning season ends removes any damaging buildup. This in turn extends the life of your chimney liner.
Caring for your chimney during the summer instead of waiting until the fall allows you to conveniently schedule your appointment, gives you time to make repairs or improvements, eliminates chimney odors, and protects your chimney liner. A to Z Chimney Services can clean and inspect your chimney this summer so your fireplace is ready for the fall. Don’t forget about your chimney this summer – schedule your sweeping with A to Z Chimney Services today!
Early Chimney Sweeping
As fall days approach, homeowners will turn their minds to the crackling warmth of their fireplaces. With that, homeowners will be looking to have their annual chimney cleaning and inspection. Beat the fall rush by scheduling your chimney for its annual cleaning with A to Z Chimney Services now.
All chimneys should be cleaned and inspected once a year, according to the Chimney Safety Association of America (CSIA). With more CSIA-certified sweeps than any other company in the greater Sacramento Area, A to Z Chimney Services can ensure that your fireplace and chimney are safe and ready to help heat your home.
The experts from A to Z will remove any buildup of dangerous creosote, soot or glaze deposits from your wood-burning or gas fireplace. All cleanings are followed with a scan from A to Z’s ChimScan camera, which is inserted up your chimney to give the sweep a clear view of any obstructions or structural problems. If any problems are found, the technician will be able to show you on the camera’s monitor.
Making sure your chimney is clear each year is essential, both for the safety and the maintenance of your home. A buildup of creosote, soot or glaze, all of which are highly combustible, can lead to chimney fires. In fact, the majority of chimney fires are caused by an excess of creosote that could have been removed by routine cleaning, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Even a minor chimney fire can lead to costly repairs.
Masonry chimneys can crack and be displaced, causing overall structural damage to the chimney and giving flames an opportunity to reach the wooden framework of the home.
Though prefabricated chimneys are designed to stand up to high temperatures, the extreme conditions of a fire can damage them, and they should be replaced after a fire to ensure that they remain safe and effective.
In addition to raising the risk of a fire, a dirty chimney also can prevent gases, particularly carbon monoxide, from escaping the fireplace. That can force those gases back into the home. The acidic nature of chimney deposits also can cause damage to the inside of the chimney if the chimney is not swept routinely.
Even if a fireplace has not been used within the last year, animals can nest inside, causing blockages or damage. Your annual cleaning and inspection will ensure that the chimney is clear of any animals, buildup or debris, and that the fireplace is venting properly to the outside.
While gas fire places do burn more cleanly than wood-burning fire places, they still lead to buildup in chimneys that need to be cleaned. The chimney experts from A to Z Chimney Services have the tools and experience to maintain all kinds of fire places and chimneys, including masonry chimneys, prefabricated chimneys, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, and gas fireplaces.
By scheduling your cleaning now, you can be confident that your chimney will be cleaned and safe for the first fire of the season.
Spring Chimney Maintenance Scheduling
As days grew shorter and the weather got colder, many of us retreated indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you experienced any chimney system issues during the peak usage season that give you pause, call in a chimney professional to diagnose the problem before it gets big, expensive, and potentially dangerous. For those homeowners who made used their fireplace(s) during the colder months, spring is a great time to schedule a chimney inspection and sweeping to make sure your entire chimney system is in good working order.
Your chimney system is comprised of numerous parts, all of which are inspected by a chimney professional during your yearly chimney inspection and sweeping. To prevent major chimney system repairs, it is of paramount importance to make minor repairs as soon as problems arise. Some parts are in the line of fire more than others and are adversely affected by the heat, while other parts are exposed to the elements, thereby causing them to wear out faster. Either way, these parts need to be replaced at one point or another.
It’s Time to Spring Forward
What exactly do people stand to gain from postponing something as straightforward and necessary as chimney system maintenance anyway? We may have all gone a little stir crazy being stuck inside during the cooler months of the year and are just aching to get out and have a little fun outside. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the onset of spring and the improving weather conditions. The freedom of doing what we want to do when we want to do it is phenomenal. However, we must also evaluate the long-term ramifications of our decisions as well.
A huge plus to having chimney maintenance carried out sooner rather than later is the ability to choose the day and time that fits best into our schedules. The longer you put it off, however, the more limited your choices become; before long, you’re left with a take-it-or-leave-it appointment time (or at least that’s how it feels to some customers who are yearning to use their fireplace at night but can’t). For many, the thought of not having any control over something as simple as an appointment time can be stressful. Our lives are stressful enough—why add more to it?
A chimney technician’s job is far more labor intensive than many people realize, as chimney systems are comprised of many parts that depend upon one another to function at peak levels. A problem with one part of the system can cause another part of the system to have to work harder to pick up the slack, thereby causing that overworked component to wear out at a faster rate. This can become a vicious cycle rather quickly if the initial problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner. The central theme here is clear: repairing minor problems in a timely manner will decrease the likelihood of them becoming major problems down the road. We encourage you to avoid postponing your chimney system maintenance. Be proactive!
An annual inspection of your chimney by a qualified chimney professional should include a thorough examination of the external structure to look for signs of deterioration or weakness, as well as a visual inspection of the flue inside your chimney to ensure that it’s in proper working order, too. The chimney professionals at A to Z Chimney Services are fully prepared to meet all of your chimney inspection and sweeping needs. Give us a call today!
The Importance of Early Summer Chimney Maintenance
The demand for instant results has been creeping into every corner of our lives for quite some time now. We’re used to smartphone apps that virtually eliminate any wait time we might’ve had for certain services, computer processing speeds and capabilities that would make that old Commodore 64C roll over in its grave, Internet upload and download speeds that would make early dial-up providers stand in amazement, and movie and TV streaming services that begin in seconds because of the afore-mentioned Internet speeds.
This instant gratification has made us, as a society, far less patient than we once were. We’ll settle for instant coffee when we’d much rather have a delicious cup from our French press just because we think we don’t have a few extra minutes to spare. There’s nothing wrong with this. We’re all guilty of impatience at one point or another. If you’re a homeowner, you may be guiltier than the rest.
Most homeowners with a fireplace have been told about the importance of having their chimney system cleaned annually (or more often depending on how heavily they rely on it during heating season), and a large portion now acknowledge this importance and make an annual inspection and cleaning part of their yearly to-do list. Yet somehow chimney maintenance is deprioritized until colder weather sets in. Homeowners can then be seen scrambling to make their appointments so they can start using their fireplaces to keep warm at night. What many of these homeowners complain about, however, is the wait time involved between scheduling the appointment and actually having the work completed.
They’re not overly excited about waiting a few days or weeks for their respective chimney service companies to be able to fit them into their schedule. Some homeowners, due to their impatience, will settle for a non-certified chimney company; in doing so, they may be saving a few dollars in upfront costs, but they could very well be spending a lot more down the road, as these fly-by-night sweeps could overlook a small issue that could have disastrous consequences for you and your family.
Rather than settling for an untrained alternative simply because they can come service your chimney system a day or two sooner in October, why not call a reputable company during the warmer summer months to take care of all of your chimney system needs. This may prove to be a little difficult for some since your chimney might be one of the farthest things from your mind when it’s not cold outside. The professionals at A to Z Chimney Sweep would like to change your way of thinking. Your chimney safety is on our minds 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
A little planning and forethought can help to ensure that you receive your annual service from a reputable, certified company. Enjoy your fires this year with peace of mind, knowing your chimney was swept and inspected by one of A to Z’s CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. To make an appointment today, email us or fill out our online appointment form.