Spring is approaching, and as the cold weather of winter makes way for warmer temperatures you are probably using your fireplace less frequently. This is the perfect time to start thinking about what maintenance is best for your chimney.
When considering spring-time chimney cleaning, there are a few important things to keep in mind:
- If you made frequent use of your fireplace over the winter you are likely to have considerable buildup of creosote, a highly flammable byproduct of wood preservation
- If left unaddressed, creosote deposits may catch fire
- Fireplace flues need regular cleaning as well, to ensure adequate ventilation of toxic exhaust including carbon monoxide
- Chimneys often provide shelter for small animals and birds, especially if you don’t make frequent use of your fireplace during the winter; you may need to inspect for the presence of small animal and birds’ nests
- Over wet and icy winter months water and snow may seep into your chimney’s masonry structure, causing instability; it’s important to inspect flashing and rule out masonry cracks and chips
To avoid potential damage to one’s home, it is recommended that all chimneys be professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year. A reputable chimney sweeping company should be able to quickly and easily inspect your chimney and its surrounding structures. They can remove or relocate any unwanted animal guests, remove creosote buildup, and perform an inspection of the chimney structure and surroundings to ensure your chimney is safe and ready to go when the cold weather returns!
For more information on chimney cleaning and safety please contact Fiddler on the Roof Chimney Service at (818) 988-9034.