Why Should I Think About My Fireplace in the Summer?
By Doug Hetsch
July 29, 2019
Annual inspection, chimney cleaning
As we head into August here in the Louisville area, both the heat and the humidity are so high that the last thing on your mind is your fireplace. However, the cooler days of fall are just around the corner. According to theChimney Safety Institute of America(CSIA), you should have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before you light the first fire of the year. If you want to be able to enjoy a cozy fire on the first day of fall, schedule your annual chimney maintenance now. Since 2006, All American Chimney Service has been preparing chimney and fireplace systems for fall and winter across Kentucky and Indiana, and we strongly recommend that our customers take care of their chimney sweeping during our off-season in the summer. We would like to tell you more about why you should think about your fireplace this summer.
No waiting for an appointment
If you think about making your annual chimney sweeping appointment now, you will beat the fall rush. Once September arrives, our CSIA-certified chimney professionals have a packed calendar that is filled with chimney maintenance appointments. You might have to wait two to six weeks to be able to schedule a visit from All American Chimney Service if you wait until it gets cooler to call us for your chimney sweeping.
Ease of finding a convenient appointment
Because our appointment calendar is more open during the summer, you will have an easier time scheduling the date with All American Chimney Service that works best for you. This is important since we do require that someone be at home when we provide our professional chimney sweeping and inspection services. If your family has busy schedules, it can be hard to find a time that is convenient when our calendar is already almost full, so we recommend taking advantage of our lighter summer schedule.
Take care of necessary repairs
When All American Chimney Service sweeps and inspects your chimney in the summer, we will have time to repair any damage that could make your fireplace unsafe to use. One of the most common types of masonry chimney damage is spalling, which is when the bricks and mortar joints become cracked and crumbled during freeze/thaw cycles in the winter. Our CSIA-certified chimney professionals can remove and replace damaged masonry with specialized techniques like tuckpointing to get your chimney in good shape for fall. The summer months are the best times to make masonry repairs because the materials can cure properly when it is warm outside. After the repairs have been done, we can waterproof your chimney to prevent spalling from occurring for at least a decade.
Although your fireplace may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, it is smart to think about it in the summer. To schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance appointment with All American Chimney Service,contact ustoday. You can depend on our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to make sure your chimney will work safely and efficiently this fall.