Well, Labor Day has come and gone and marks the final days of the ‘short’ summer season. Within days, fall will make its presence known, leaves will begin to change colors, and the temperatures will begin to cool down drastically. Soon homeowners will start up their wood stoves and their cozy fireplaces. With that said, September is the perfect time of year to schedule an annual chimney inspection and cleaning as is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fire Protection Association, and the professional team here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair.
Having an inspection performed by one of our highly skilled and professional chimney specialists will confirm whether your chimney is safe and in its proper working order. Scheduling your chimney inspection right after Labor Day allows our inspectors to identify any problems and gives them the time needed to perform repairs before the cold winter months set in. Our specialists want to ensure that your chimney is safe, functioning properly and has a freshly cleaned flue.
Chimney Functionality and Carbon Monoxide
As a simple reminder, if you have a wood stove or a fireplace in your home that you use, it is important that you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home as well. These types of heating appliances can cause toxic fumes including carbon monoxide to get into your living space. Since carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless and is referred to as the silent killer, it can have a tragic impact on your family if it goes undetected. A properly functioning chimney will not produce carbon monoxide nor cause it to enter your home.
In order for your chimney to perform at peak levels, there has to be a sufficient air draft that allows combustion materials to travel up the chimney. If there are any obstructions, dangerous chimney issues with regard to drafting can occur. That’s where our skilled team of chimney specialists and inspectors come in. We will perform a chimney sweep and inspection to ensure that there are no animals or bird nests in your chimney, no excessive creosote buildup, and that there is no broken masonry, damaged flue tiles, accumulated leaves, or cracked mortar.
Inspect for Creosote Buildup
Our skilled chimney sweep specialists give close attention to any creosote build-up in your chimney since creosote is highly flammable. If they notice there is anywhere between 1/8 inches and ¼ inches of creosote buildup, they will have to clean and remove it since the intense heat typically created by a chimney fire can ultimately cause a house fire. With that said our dedicated team is steadfast in our efforts to ensure the overall safety and health of your chimney by performing a thorough inspection and cleaning each and every year.
When was the last time you had your chimney inspected and properly cleaned? The team here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair highly recommend that you set the same time each year to have your annual inspection and cleaning performed to ensure that your wood stove or fireplace is safe to use, thoroughly cleaned, and in perfect working order. Our chimney professionals suggest that, now that Labor Day has come and gone and fall truly right around the corner, that you contact our team today to schedule your home’s chimney inspection and cleaning to ensure the overall safety of not only your home, but your family as well. Don’t delay. Contact our team today and let us ensure that your wood stove or fireplace is prepped and ready to handle that first cold rush of winter!