This Spring, make your chimney a top priority on your home maintenance list.

This Spring, make your chimney a top priority on your home maintenance list.

After a long, bitter winter everyone is welcoming warmer temperatures with open arms. While it’s not exactly spring yet, the to-do lists are in the works and one thing that is commonly being forgotten about is the chimney maintenance. This is not good for your house or your health because neglecting chimney care can cause danger to the entire home. Two things that must be done every season are the sweep and the inspection. Call Lords Chimney to get an appointment with a quality chimney technician today.

How many chimney sweeps do you actually need?

If your technician tries to tell you that you need two sweeps a year, the reality is that this is true information, especially if you are a frequent user. The more you use the fireplace, the more wood is burned to release creosote. One sweep should be done after burning season to remove this buildup before temperatures get hot in the summer. However, another sweep should be done before burning season to remove anything natural that may have built up over the summer. It is important to have a technician that is Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified perform your sweep.

Common repairs to the chimney?

Winter storms can be rough on a chimney’s structure, so the spring season is often the time to start these repairs. Your technician will be sure to check the rain cap and flashing before the wet season begins. You will also want to make sure that there is a good seal on the chimney. Once the unit freezes and thaws in the cold, wet weather, the caulk will begin to crack and loosen which could lead to water being allowed to collect and mold to form. After you have your repairs and sweep, your technician may recommend having the chimney waterproofed if you live in a wet climate.

Is my chimney turning into a zoo?

When animals enter your chimney it is important to remember to remain calm. Next, call us because we have experience with both living birds and animals and with removing carcasses. If you try to remove the animal yourself you could both be hurt. As animals use your chimney to nest, having a sweep will help remove some of their droppings.