With the temperatures on the rise outside, few of us have any interest in creating any extra heat. Because of this, fireplaces tend to not be used in the summer; instead of forgetting about your fireplace until fall, take advantage of the low summer season to have your chimney swept! Because summer is low season for chimney sweep companies, it is often easier to get an appointment at a more convenient time; likewise, there are often fewer wait times and delays as you wait for your chimney sweeping or repairs.
The benefits of summer chimney sweepings
Summer might seem like an odd time of year to have your chimney swept; after all, the heat outside makes it unlikely that anyone is actually using their fireplaces. However, this lack of fireplace use is exactly what makes summer the perfect time of year to have your chimney swept. Below are three reasons why you should schedule your chimney sweeping this summer.
- Appointment availability. Summer is the low season for chimney sweeps. Because of this, there is better appointment availability and flexibility than at any other time of the year. Scheduling your chimney sweeping during the summer allows you to wait less for an appointment while getting a time that is most convenient for you.
- No breaks in use. Fall and winter are the times when you are most likely to use your fireplace; because of this, waiting for repairs during this time can seriously impact your fireplace use. Summer chimney sweepings allow you to have your chimney serviced when you aren’t using it, minimizing the impact on your fireplace use.
- Ready for the fall. By having your chimney swept during the summer, you can rest assured that it is clean and ready to use when fall arrives.
The importance of annual chimney maintenance
Preventative chimney maintenance is an important part of ensuring your fireplace can burn safely and efficiently. Having your chimney swept and inspected – even when there are no obvious problems – can prevent serious chimney issues from arising; the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends annual chimney sweepings to remove soot, ash, and creosote. If allowed to accumulate in large amounts, highly-flammable creosote can increase the risk of accidental chimney fire.
Chimney inspections are often performed at the same time as your sweeping. Inspections are an important diagnostic tool that can be used to identify the sources of ongoing chimney issues such as leaks or draft problems. Likewise, technology such as short circuit cameras can be used during inspections in order to see otherwise hidden chimney components. This helps identify any areas of deterioration or pinpoint the cause of issues such as leaks or animal entry.
Don’t wait until fall arrives to schedule your next chimney sweeping appointment. Instead, have chimney maintenance done in the summer to enjoy a worry free winter. Contact Mason’s Chimney Service today to schedule your summer chimney sweeping!