As summer officially draws to a close, it means one thing: Fall’s cooler temperatures soon will be upon us, and you will be ready to light the first fire of winter before you know it. Be ready for the coming winter by scheduling your chimney inspection with A to Z Chimney Services!
The importance of your chimney inspection
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners have their chimneys and heating appliances cleaned and inspected annually. The general rule of thumb is to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected between fire-burning seasons. That means if you haven’t had your chimney swept and inspected since your last fire of the spring, you should have it inspected before your light the first fire of fall.
During your chimney inspection, your chimney sweep will do several things, including:
- Checking the chimney’s creosote levels. Dirty chimneys are a leading cause of chimney fires, and as little as 1/8 inch of creosote buildup can lead to a dangerous and damaging chimney fire. Your sweep will use their specialized brushes to remove any creosote that has accumulated on the walls of your chimney.
- Making sure that the chimney is free from obstructions. Animals, birds and debris like branches and leaves can lead to blockages in the chimney that can ignite and cause a chimney fire or that can cause smoke or carbon monoxide to build up within a home. Your sweep will make sure that your chimney is free from any blockages.
- Looking for leaks, cracks or other chimney deficiencies. Cracks, holes or other weaknesses in your chimney can lead to a host of problems. They can allow water to leak in through your chimney, damaging the chimney’s or your home’s structure. Cracks can also allow the heat of your chimney to escape and damage the surrounding studs and supports in your home’s walls. Your sweep will look for the early signs of chimney damage so it can be repaired before your home or chimney is in need of major repairs.
- Evaluating your fireplace or heating stove. Just like chimneys, fireplaces can break down over time or face malfunctions that could put your home in danger of a fire or of a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. During your inspection, your chimney sweep also will check your fireplace and all of its working components to look for deficiencies, signs of damage or malfunctioning parts to make sure that it will be working safely and efficiently in the coming cold-weather season.
Fall’s colder temperatures will be upon us before you know it, and you will want to have your fireplace ready to warm your home. Waiting to schedule your inspection could leave you waiting for a sweep or waiting to schedule needed repairs. If you haven’t already had your chimney and fireplace inspected, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule an appointment today!