Fall is well underway, and there are some things that just should have been taken care of by the time the cooler weather hit. One of those jobs is to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are in great shape so that you and your family can be healthy and safe and your home can be safe from the devastating effects of a chimney fire all winter long. But if you’ve neglected to have your chimney inspected and swept over the spring and summer months, don’t panic! You can still give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call and we can get you on our schedule before the snow flies!
Why Chimney and Inspection and Cleaning are so Important
One of the reasons that people put off having their chimney inspected and cleaned may be because they don’t realize why it’s important. There are several reasons, some cosmetic and some that will actually affect your family’s health and well-being. First, if your chimney has a creosote buildup, it probably smells. Have you noticed a nasty odor when you walk into the family room, one that perhaps gets worse when it’s hot and humid outdoors? That probably means you have a creosote buildup, and the only way to get rid of both the creosote and the odor is to call in the professionals. Creosote is also highly flammable, and even an eighth of an inch of buildup can catch a spark and cause a devastating chimney fire.
Another reason to have Chim Cheroo Chimney Service is that our CSIA certified professionals know exactly what to look for in terms of repair work. For example, if your chimney crown is cracked or if your chimney cap is rusted or bent, you could be getting rain down your chimney that is causing the interior to become weak and cracked. This means that the smoke, rather than being directed out of your chimney, could be getting back into your home. Not only is smoke unpleasant, but the chemicals that are in smoke could also actually cause health issues for you and your family.
Another reason you’ll want your chimney inspected is that there could be a blockage in your chimney. This could be because of debris, leaves, or sticks blowing into your chimney or because an animal may have gotten in and built a nest, which was left behind when the critter and its family moved out. These blockages are fire hazards, but they also block the flow of smoke out of your chimney, causing your chimney to work less efficiently.
It’s never too late to call to have your chimney inspected and cleaned, but it is easier for us and for you if this is completed before the snow flies, so call now to have your chimney cleaned and inspected before those snowy, wintery days arrive!