Why A Chimney Inspection After Winter Is Important

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Winter is still upon us, but that doesn’t mean that the springtime sunshine is far away. If you are like most, your fireplace and chimney are still being put to use on these chillier, snow-filled days. But soon enough it will be time to get an inspection on the books. Many homeowners put chimney maintenance on the back burner until later in the year when it cools down again. However, this puts a bit of a strain on your chimney sweeps appointment books because everyone waits until the last minute.

This is one of many reasons we urge homeowners to schedule their appointments now! By ensuring we get in right at the start of spring, you guarantee a well-functioning system when temperatures eventually lower again in the autumn. Learn more below, then give us a call right away to get this process going as soon as possible. The SirVent team would love to help you out!

white house with chimney in the spring

Scheduling At Your Convenience

Our schedule gets pretty full during the fall and winter months, which can make it hard for busy families to get their annual inspection when they want it. We do our best to offer services during timeframes that work best with your calendar, but this isn’t always possible during our busy season.

If you want to avoid rearranging any dates and appointments, then simply schedule a spring inspection with our team. You’ll easily be able to book a day and time that works well for you, and should we find any damages or build-up, we’ll be able to get it taken care of well before the start of your burning season come fall.

All too often, we see homeowners getting inspections completed late in the season, only to discover more services are required before they can safely light their fireplace. This means many are left without cozy fires during the holidays or on especially chilly evenings. As a crew that loves the ambiance a crackling flame creates, we hate to see families experience this! Play it safe by getting in touch with our qualified sweeps today.

Avoiding Further Damages

Another big advantage of scheduling maintenance now is you avoid any decay or deterioration that occurs during the warmer months. The snow, sleet, and ice of winter can really take a toll on your system in more ways than one. First, there’s the freeze/thaw process. If moisture was able to penetrate your brickwork, then it’s very likely that your masonry experienced it as the water froze and melted numerous times throughout the season.

Water breaks down your chimney components in a hurry, so correcting any water damage as soon as possible is a must! It’s also important for the sweep to look over your metal components, as they could be rusted or broken down. They can check for other signs of moisture, as well, such as clogs, rust, rot, stains, and more.

Aside from water-related problems, there could easily be other kinds of damage throughout your structure. This could come in the form of a faulty liner, crumbling mortar, a cracked chimney cap, or a number of other things. All in all, getting a professional eye on the situation is vital for keeping your system in tip-top shape, and the longer any issues are avoided, the worse off you will be.

To top it all off, we can provide you with all kinds of preventative maintenance, such as damper replacement, waterproofing, tuckpointing, brick replacement, relining services, and more. All of which ensure you stay better protected all year long. When it comes time to bring out the pumpkin-themed decor and spooky Halloween costumes again, you’ll be happy to have all of this work done and out of the way!

Preventing Smelly Odors & Chimney Fires

Unfortunately, repair work isn’t the only thing you’ll want to get scheduled. There’s a good chance you’ll also need a sweeping! If we spot any debris or excess creosote in your flue, then having all of these obstructions removed is a must. Not only will they cause smoke and potentially hazardous gases to enter your home, they also contribute to inefficiency and a lack of heat.

Even if you don’t put your system to use, creosote can really stink up your home during the humid summer months. As you run your air conditioner, the musty air from inside of your flue tends to swoop through your home, bringing all kinds of unpleasant odors with them. This is less than ideal, but a thorough sweeping can reduce the risk of bad smells in your home significantly.

Along with this, creosote is highly flammable, so having too much could increase your likelihood of chimney fires. These dangerous events put your home and family at significant risk, making it more likely for house fires and carbon monoxide leaks to occur. A chimney fire will make your fireplace unsafe for use, too, until repairs are administered.

Put Your Trust In Us!

By working with organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, the NCSG, and more, we stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on it all. You can bet we also excel when it comes to keeping our loyal customer base completely satisfied. Don’t put off the care you deserve any longer. Count on our team to help you out right away