Why Summer Is The Best Time To Get Your Chimney Swept?
May 11, 2015 04:30PM
● By Steven Jack
ARTICLE SPONSORED BY VALLEY CHIMNEY SWEEPS
It’s finally warm out! The last thing on your mind is your fireplace, but now is a perfect time to consider a chimney sweep. As you put together your honey-do list, don’t forget to add chimney sweep to the list.
A Chimney Sweep Is Important.
Your chimney is more than just the place that smoke goes when you light a fire in winter. It can be a fire hazard, source for carbon monoxide poisoning, a home to rodents or pests. If not properly maintained, your chimney can cause water or smoke damage to your home or cause funky smells throughout your house.
Maintain Your Chimney Annually.
Once a year is the standard response, however it really depends on how often you have fires in your fireplace/woodstove and what you burn. If you are regular fireplace user throughout the winter, annually is very important. Your chimney sweep will clean soot and creosote from your chimney liner, firebox and damper, removing the highly flammable materials from the inside of your chimney, creating less risk to you and your home. Your chimney sweep and inspection usually includes a chimney system and furnace flue inspection ensuring peace of mind that your home is vented properly and that your family is safe for the winter months when you are indoors a lot more.
Sweep Your Chimney Before the Leaves Fall.
Chimney sweeps get very busy come autumn. As much as we love golfing and summer vacation, we like to keep our staff busy too. Book before September and you are sure to get lightning fast appointment times and extra special attention from your chimney sweep.
Choose A Quality Chimney Sweep, a CSIA Certified One.
The chimney sweep industry is a largely unregulated field allowing anyone to set up shop. So before you choose the cheapest chimney sweep around, consider qualifications, reviews and reputation. With a little research, you can determine the authenticity and reputation of the unsolicited call or knock on the door. One of your best bets is to check the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and do a zipcode search for local Certified Chimney Sweeps®. Although not required to do business as a chimney sweep, the CSIA provides training and education programs to establish standards and protocols to certify chimney sweeps and dryer vent technicians.
In operation since 1978, Valley Chimney Sweep & Restoration is a locally owned and operated, second generation chimney sweep and chimney restoration company based out of Yorkville, IL. Maintaining and servicing residential and commercial chimneys throughout the Western Chicago suburbs, our staff includes CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps® and Certified Dryer Vent Technicians. The Dearborn family holds the longest continually certified sweep certification in the country.