Spring is the time that everyone starts thinking about reducing clutter, deep cleaning, and home maintenance. While you’re busy with do-it-yourself projects and routine maintenance, don’t forget those things that a professional should oversee. It may be that when weather warms up, the last thing on your mind is your fireplace and chimney. It’s important to remember your fireplace and chimney now, though. Schedule your annual chimney inspection this spring so that you can begin thinking about repairs sooner rather than later.
Routine Chimney Maintenance
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual chimney inspections and regular chimney sweeps to maintain the highest level of safety and efficiency for your chimney system. This may be the only time a chimney expert gets a look at your chimney system, so it is important to remember.
Diagnosing Chimney Problems
By scheduling your chimney inspection now you give your chimney sweep time to discover and create a repair plan for your chimney damage. A full winter of fireplace use means your chimney can have significant winter damage. It’s only when the chimney has been inspected that the chimney sweep will discuss repair options with you. Damage can usually be repaired soon after the initial inspection, however, during the “fall rush” it can be hard to have repairs made right away.
Time for the Repair
If you wait until late summer or early fall to schedule your inspection, your technician may find damage that should be repaired before using the fireplace. This is a gamble, because it can be difficult or impossible to get an appointment during the “fall rush”. You may find yourself forced to hire a different chimney sweep to make your repairs, or you might be tempted to use your fireplace without making the necessary repairs. Both of these options are dangerous. You should choose the best chimney sweep for the job and you should never use a chimney that isn’t going to function properly.
Choosing the Right Sweep for the Job
It’s a good idea to research a chimney sweep before you schedule your inspection or sweep so that you’re comfortable with the company doing all of your chimney repairs as well. Look for a certified chimney sweep who has the training and experience to do the job right the first time. When you have the chimney swept and inspected in the spring, you have ample time to make repairs before cool weather returns in the fall.
Don’t let an unexpected repair ruin your plans. When you have your chimney inspected in the spring you aren’t surprised by unexpected costs and repairs during the summer or fall.
You can schedule an appointment with a chimney expert today and plan ahead for your chimney maintenance and repairs.