Most people think of chimney sweeping as something that’s needed only once per year. As such, they never think of it until they are ready to begin using their fireplace. While chimney sweeping is needed before winter, you may also want to consider it after a storm – here’s why:
#1. Inspect your Chimney for Storm Damage
Chimney damage is something that isn’t always noticeable. As such, a storm damage inspector may easily miss it. You may not find it until your next chimney inspection, which may then be too late for you to file an insurance claim. Ensure you do not get stuck paying for repairs by having chimney sweeping performed immediately after the storm passes.
#2. Get rid of Limbs and Debris
Heavy storms can leave lots of downed limbs and debris, many of which can get stuck inside your chimney liner. Even if yours has a cap, it may still accumulate a great deal of leaves, twigs, or other debris. This matter can hold moisture inside your chimney, leaving it more susceptible to mold or future damage.
#3. Keep Critters from Nesting
Thunder, lightning, and heavy winds can all frighten creatures. Accordingly, birds, squirrels, and other wildlife may begin looking for a place where they can stay comfortable, warm, and dry. One of the places they often find is a chimney. During a chimney inspection, your sweep will remove nests so that critters won’t decide to take up permanent residence there.
These are just a few reasons why you should consider having a chimney sweeping right after a heavy storm. However, if it has been some time since your last cleaning, don’t wait until a storm hits to contact us. We provide prompt, efficient service regardless of the season, and will help you keep your chimney in tip-top shape.