If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve enjoyed the benefits of having a fireplace over the past several months. Sitting in front of a roaring fire is a great way to pass some time on a rainy winter day. But now that spring is here, many people clean up the wood, and don’t give their fireplace another thought. But this is one of the best times for a chimney inspection and cleaning.
As wood burns, creosote builds up on the walls of the chimney, which can be hazardous the next time you start a fire. If you have the chimney cleaned now, you’ll be all set and ready to go the next time you want to use your fireplace. Creosote build-up can also cause an odor, especially when the weather heats up. Getting it cleaned out now will ensure you don’t have to smell it all summer long.
It also makes sense to have your annual inspection done in the spring. Winter weather may have damaged your structure, and it’s essential to confirm that your chimney is safe to use. You don’t want to find this out in the winter, when the conditions are less than ideal for doing mortar work. It will also delay your ability to use the chimney. Again, by getting the inspection now, any required work can be done long before you need to use your fireplace.
Then there’s the issue of other homeowners. Most of them will choose to wait until the fall or winter to call for a cleaning and inspection, meaning there will be a waiting list. By getting your chimney cleaned and inspected in the spring, you won’t even have to think about getting on our list, as the work will be already done.
If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, don’t forget to put your chimney on your spring cleaning list. For a thorough cleaning and inspection, contact us.