4 Reasons Spring is the Best Time for Chimney Inspection
If a chimney cleaning isn’t on your spring to-do list, it’s time to add it! Investing in an annual chimney cleaning can prevent thousands of dollars in future repairs. A leaky chimney or creosote clogged chimney can cause devastating damage to your home. There is no better time to schedule a chimney cleaning than the spring and summer.
#1 – Avoid Chimney Leaks & Damage
Spring showers can lead to summer expenses if there is a leak in the chimney system. Chimney leaks are a common problem for homeowners with fireplaces. There are many ways that water can get into your chimney system–from a missing chimney cap to a broken crown. A chimney leak can cause severe damage to the chimney lining and structure. It can also spread, causing expensive water damage to walls, ceilings, flooring, and structural beam around it. Scheduling a chimney cleaning in the spring can spare you this headache.
Professional chimney sweeps, like us, include a level-one inspection with every cleaning. During the inspection, we check to see if there are pathways where water can enter your chimney system. We also look for warning signs of internal damage.
#2 – Time for Upgrades or Repairs
Using a fireplace with a cracked chimney liner or missing chimney cap can be dangerous. Both increase the risk of a house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. These are just the type of issues that a chimney sweep can catch during cleaning and inspection.
If you wait until fall to have your chimney cleaned, there may not be time for problems like these to be fixed. Many chimney repairs require temperatures above 50°F. You won’t have this problem in the spring. If a chimney sweep discovers damage inside your chimney system now, you will have months to get it repaired.
A chimney cleaning and inspection is also an excellent time to speak with a chimney expert about upgrading your fireplace. After they’ve inspected it, they will be able to offer you informed suggestions on how you can improve its efficiency or aesthetics.
#3 – Improve Air Quality in Your Home
Wet spring days and hot summer temperatures increase the amount of condensation inside your chimney. When that moisture interacts with the creosote in the stack, it can make your fireplace stink! Along with producing a foul odor, it can aggravate allergies or trigger an asthma attack. Getting the creosote and soot cleared out of the chimney in the spring will keep your home smelling good and improve the air quality inside your home.
#4 – Availability & Convenience
Fall is the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps as homeowners scramble to have their chimney cleaned out before temperatures drop. Wait times in the fall can be up to a month-long. If you schedule a cleaning in the spring, you won’t have to deal with a waiting list. Instead, your chimney sweep will be able to work around your schedule.
Take care of your chimney this spring by scheduling a chimney cleaning. Give us a call to set one up today! Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can walk you through what the inspection and cleaning process looks like. We are happy to answer any questions you have.
Guardian Chimney Sweep
Houston, Texas / Conroe, Texas
Tollfree: (888) 306-6069
Conroe: (936) 271-9781
Houston: (713) 401-2011