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Timing Is EverythingTiming a chimney sweep for summer will help ensure you can beat the rush on chimney sweep services that can occur during the first cold snap of fall. It may become more difficult to schedule a timely chimney service once every home on your street decides they need one at the same time.
Scheduling a chimney sweep in advance of fall can give you peace of mind that your chimney will be ready for routine use as early as you need it to be. In addition, a trained chimney professional will inspect your chimney and notify you of any problems with your chimney’s structure so that you can schedule repairs before it starts seeing heavy use again. After all, you don’t want to have emergency maintenance right when you need your fireplace the most, and you never know if a summer thunderstorm caused significant wear and tear on your chimney.
Why Should I Get My Chimney Swept?Getting your chimney routinely swept is important because a layer of smoke residue called creosote begins to build up on the surfaces inside your chimney as you burn wood in the fireplace. Creosote is highly flammable and can cause a full-out chimney fire if too much of it builds up in your chimney.
Having your chimney swept regularly can also extend the life of your flue system. Since creosote and soot contain corrosive chemicals, they can combine with moisture buildup to prematurely corrode your flue system. Routine chimney sweeps can help mitigate this risk.