You have probably heard that you should have your chimney swept and inspected before you light the first fire of the fall, which is why the normal chimney sweep season runs from September through December. During these months, it can be difficult to arrange an appointment on a date that is convenient for you because of the busy schedules of chimney sweeps at this time. If you schedule your annual chimney sweeping in the spring, you are still following the recommendation of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations to have your chimney cleaned before the first fire of the season. All American Chimney Service would like to tell you why you should include your annual chimney maintenance services with your spring cleaning tasks as well as what you can expect from our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps when they come to clean and inspect your chimney.
What are the advantages of scheduling my annual chimney sweeping and inspection in the spring?
If you have a busy schedule, you will appreciate having more options of when All American Chimney Service, LLC can sweep and inspect your chimney in the spring. Once September arrives, it can be extremely difficult to schedule our chimney maintenance services on the date you want because our schedules are packed full with appointments through December. By scheduling your chimney sweep appointment in the spring, you will not have to wait as long, and you also will not have to worry about this task in the fall. Additionally, you will have plenty of time to have repairs done, if needed, to your chimney. Winter weather can be rough on masonry chimneys, and the sooner you have winter-related damage fixed, the better it is for your fireplace and chimney. With a spring chimney inspection, we will be able to find problems early and solve these issues so that your fireplace will be ready to use safely in the fall.
What can I expect from a chimney sweeping and inspection from All American Chimney Service?
When we arrive to your home to sweep and inspect your chimney, we begin by laying down clean drop cloths around the area that surrounds your fireplace and by setting up an industrial strength vacuum with a HEPA filter to keep your home clean from the dust, soot, and creosote from your chimney. We also ensure nothing in the area is breakable to guarantee a no mess chimney sweeping. We then start cleaning your firebox with hand brushes and move on to the chimney by using rotating brushes on rods and even a whirling porcupine brush to remove the most stubborn deposits of creosote and soot. Since creosote is so flammable, we take great care to remove all of it to reduce your risk of a chimney fire. The CSIA has named creosote as the main cause of chimney fires, so we take this very seriously. As we are sweeping your chimney, we are also inspecting the inside of your chimney with a closed circuit video camera that allows us to look closely at the interior. Once we are finished sweeping, we then inspect the exterior of your chimney to ensure you have no winter-related damage that could cause your chimney to be unsafe. After the inspection, we will give you both written documentation and pictures of our evaluation, and of course, we can answer any questions you may have about the entire process.
Make your annual chimney sweeping and inspection appointment early in the spring. Contact us at All American Chimney Service, LLC to schedule a date that is convenient for you for these important chimney maintenance services.