Spring is a popular season for taking care of your home with deep cleaning tasks and other maintenance jobs, so it makes since to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection in the spring. There are a few advantages to having your chimney professionally swept and inspected in the spring. Since it is the off-season for chimney companies, you can easily get the appointment that is the most convenient for you. If you wait until the fall, you will have a more difficult time finding an open appointment that fits your schedule. Creosote and soot inside your chimney can become very smelly during the summer, so having your chimney swept in the spring will prevent unpleasant odors invading your home as the weather gets hotter. You will also be able to have timely repairs of winter-related damage to your chimney that will prevent water leaks from occurring during the rainy months of summer. Many national fire safety groups such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend having these professional chimney maintenance services done before lighting the first fire of the year, so if you have these tasks done in the spring, you will be ready to enjoy your fireplace as soon as you want. The Mad Hatter is proud to offer these chimney maintenance services to the residents of the Indianapolis area, and we would like to tell you more about what to expect from our chimney sweeping and inspection visits and why they are so important.
Why do I need my chimney professionally swept and inspected annually?
According to the CSIA, dirty chimneys cause chimney fires. When The Mad Hatter sweeps your chimney, we will make sure to remove every bit of the flammable compound, creosote, from the inside walls of your chimney. This greatly reduces your risk of experiencing a chimney fire. When we inspect your chimney, we will be looking for problems that could make your fireplace and chimney unsafe to use. We will check for blockages of the flue, and we will closely examine the condition of your entire chimney. If we find cracked, loose, or missing bricks, we will give you repair recommendations that are necessary to keep this type of damage from getting worse.
What can I expect from a professional chimney sweeping and inspection from The Mad Hatter?
When one of our chimney experts arrives at your home, the sweeping process begins with laying down tarps over the area that surrounds your fireplace to protect it from dust and soot. A dust collector will also be set up to ensure no dust from the chimney gets into your home. We will then sweep your chimney from top to bottom with brushes on rods. Your damper and firebox will be cleaned with hand brushes. Once the chimney has been swept, we will then inspect your chimney, and we will document any damage we find to the bricks, mortar, and chimney crown to give to you. We will also provide you with a written evaluation of the condition of your chimney after the inspection has been completed.
Avoid the fall rush, and schedule your chimney maintenance services in the spring. Contact us at The Mad Hatter to schedule an appointment for a professional chimney sweeping and inspection today.