As you undergo spring cleaning, don't forget to have your chimney professionally cleaned as well. Professionally cleaning your chimney this spring will allow you to get your chimney ready for next fall and will allow you to safeguard your chimney against damage. When you get your chimney cleaned, the professional who takes care of your chimney can also repair your chimney and install important safety measures.
Reason #1: Get Rid of Creosote Build-Up
As you use your chimney, creosote builds up on the inside of your chimney. Creosote is a natural consequence of the combustion process used to create heat in your fireplace. As creosote builds up inside of your chimney, it turns into a thick sticky substance that is flammable.
Creosote is often responsible for chimney fires as the substance becomes harmful over time. Cleaning your chimney in the spring will prevent your chimney from catching fire the next time you want to use it.
Reason #2: Fix Damage to the Flue Liner
The liner inside the flue of your chimney is going to eventually break down. The natural process of using your fireplace over time can cause the flue liner to break down. Getting the flue liner fixed in the spring will help repair any damage caused by regular usage and will help ensure that your chimney is ready when it is time to use your fireplace again.
Reason #3: Repair Water Leaks
It is common over time for cracks to develop in the masonry of your chimney. Exposure to winter weather over the years can cause cracks to develop. When cracks develop in the masonry of your chimney, water can leak into the flue liner and into your firebox. This can compromise the integrity of your chimney.
By getting your chimney cleaned and inspected each spring, cracks will be spotted and dealt with right away. Dealing with cracks in an efficient manner will save your chimney from damage.
Reason #4: Install a Chimney Cap
In the spring, little animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds, may decide that your chimney looks like a nice place to turn into their next home. These small animals can do major damage to your chimney, which is why you want to keep them out by installing a chimney cap.
This spring, put in a call to your local chimney sweep. They can clean and repair your chimney, helping to keep your chimney in good working condition, and making it safe for you to use your fireplace again in the fall.