Taking care of your home is important. Which is why chimney inspections should be scheduled at least once a year.
The job of a chimney sweep is to remove all soot, blockages, and creosote from your chimney liner, smoke chamber, firebox, and damper. Creosote is a highly flammable tar-like substance that can build up quickly from burning wood and if left untreated, could cause a major fire. These inspections allow professionals to see if there is any damage to the structure of your chimney. The debris that builds up inside can cause the structure to deteriorate prematurely.
So you’re probably wondering, when should I get my chimney inspected? While you should never wait, spring and summer are the best times. For one thing, they typically have lots of sunlight and good weather and that is most conducive to working on roofs and making repairs. It’s also true that most chimney companies have wait times of 3-6 weeks during the fall months to get an appointment, but are much more flexible in spring. Having your chimney and fireplace checked ahead of time will create a much safer operating system during those brittle winter months.
In some cases, depending on how often you utilize your fireplace, it’s necessary to sweep more than once a year.
Don’t wait — waiting almost always results in additional repairs and cost but worst of all it could result in a fire. Stay safe this upcoming winter and call Rooftop Chimney Sweeps to schedule your next inspection, (703) 836-7858.