Fall is just around the corner, and you’ll be looking to light your fireplace in no time! If you’re like most of our customers, you haven’t given your chimney and fireplace much thought through the summer. Many homeowners prefer to wait until fall to ready their fireplace and chimney for winter, however, this isn’t the best option. To avoid issues such as odors and drafts throughout the offseason, you should have your chimney system cleaned and inspected when you finish using the fireplace in the spring. Don’t worry, though. If you haven’t had your system inspected or cleaned yet, there is still time!
If you’re looking to schedule a chimney inspection this fall, don’t wait. Do it now! Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular chimney sweeps and annual inspections in order to have the safest and most efficient chimney system possible. This means that your chimney should be inspected and cleaned this fall to work safely and efficiently. Scheduling these important services now will mean you can avoid the fall rush—the period between October and January when chimney sweep companies are busy with emergency calls, repairs, and installations. It can be difficult to get an appointment for routine services such as inspections and sweeps. Use the last few weeks of summer to get on the schedule with West Texas Chimney and Venting Solutions.
When you call now and schedule your chimney inspection, you can plan ahead so that you can ask your chimney expert questions during the appointment. No one knows better than you how your chimney has been performing. Plan to be home at the time of your chimney inspection so that you can talk with the chimney expert about your chimney. If you have any concerns, now is the time to speak to them. If you want to upgrade now or in the future, let us know. Keep some cash on hand so that you can get repairs taken care of if a problem is identified during your inspection.
Protect yourself from scams by checking into the company you’re hiring to do our chimney inspection. Ask for references, license and credentials, and necessary permits. A quick Google search should be able to identify any warning signs. Your chimney sweep company should be one that has had an online presence for at least six months, with an address and phone number that is “listed”. Make sure your chimney sweep is who he or she says he is, has a legitimate company vehicle, and signage or name tags to prove their affiliation with a proper company. At West Texas, our prices are fair, our team is filled with professionals and experts, and our recommendations are backed by evidence. If we recommend a repair, we will explain why using reports and actual footage of your chimney. If a company doesn’t offer explanations for hasty work, this is a scam in the making!
Don’t be duped. Only trust the professionals with your home and your property. Call on West Texas Chimney and Venting Solutions for your fall inspections this year and every year.