Winter is nearly over and it’s time to think about closing out your chimney and fireplace for the off-season. To get your chimney ready for summer you should have it assessed for winter damage and schedule any necessary repairs.
Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association recommend routine chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections for the safest and most efficient chimney system. A certified professional should perform these appointments. Only a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) has the training and experience to properly assess all parts of the chimney system. They can catch problems when they’re minor so that they don’t become major ones.
Following your chimney inspection your technician should present you with a report of findings and recommendations. If you don’t need any repairs your chimney sweep might recommend an application of waterproofing sealant. However, if there are chimney repairs to be made, even minor ones, it is best to have these scheduled and completed as soon as possible. Once repairs are completed you can have your masonry waterproofed to prevent re-occurrence and close it out for the summer.
Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Chimney
By scheduling your chimney sweep and inspection in the spring you can avoid added damage to your system. Even a small crack in the masonry, a damaged crown, cap, or flashing can allow water into your chimney through wet, spring weather. Water damages masonry more than anything else, and preventing water penetration is half the battle.
Scheduling your chimney maintenance now allows you to rest easy knowing your chimney will be ready to go in fall. When you put off your chimney maintenance you risk needing a necessary repair which might prevent you using your fireplace later. Schedule maintenance and repairs now and avoid the “fall rush” when you may not get an appointment easily. You might not even get to use the chimney sweep company you prefer.
At White Glove we put our customers first which is why we stay busy from September to January answering emergency calls, installing new products, and making repairs. We want you to have a functional, efficient, and safe chimney system so we encourage our customers to plan ahead. Let us take care of your chimney system now so that you can enjoy your summer.
Call us at White Glove Chimney and Air Duct or request an appointment online today and let’s discuss your chimney repairs. One of our technicians can even troubleshoot with you.