If your home has a fireplace, you know that one task you don’t want to avoid is having your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned annually. This ensures that your family and home will be kept safe during the long winter months of cozying up in front of a crackling fire. But there are other things that can occur that you’ll want your chimney specialist to look into. Sometimes animals can climb into your chimney to make their nests, and if this is the case, you definitely want those cleared out before fire season starts.
Other things can end up floating down your chimney, like paper, dried leaves, or other debris. These can catch inside your chimney and be possible fire hazards. And sometimes your chimney can start to smell. But why talk about this right now, when Christmas isn’t even here yet and it hasn’t been that long since your last inspection and cleaning? Because it’s never too soon to start thinking about next spring, that’s why!
The Best Time for Chimney Repairs
Spring and summer are the best times to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned. Yes, birds and animals can come in and build nests, so why not make sure that your chimney is kept free of these critters early on in the spring by letting us check out your chimney cap as part of your annual inspection? At Black Velvet Chimney, we make sure that all parts of your chimney are clean and in good repair, including your chimney cap. Your chimney cap is an effective barrier to birds, squirrels, raccoons, or even loose debris that might get into your chimney and cause an obstruction or a fire.
Another reason you’ll want to to have your chimney inspected early is the possibility of your chimney needing repairs. It may be that, in the course of your annual inspection, we find that your mortar work is in need of tuckpointing. This means that the mortar that’s holding your bricks together has become weakened or flaky, and that can be a dangerous situation that can cause structural damage to your chimney. Or perhaps you had a chimney fire at some point over the course of the winter. This can sometimes occur without you, the homeowner, even being aware of it. If your chimney is damaged and needs repair work, it’s great to find this out during spring or early summer so that we will have plenty of time to fix it up before autumn comes again!
Plan Ahead to Schedule Early
Although it’s just time to be thinking of cooler weather, it’s never too early to start thinking about calling Black Velvet Chimney to set up your annual chimney inspection and cleaning. When your repair work is done early and you can spend your summer worry free, you’ll be glad you did!