With the harsh weather of the winter hopefully behind us, it’s time to think about warm weather, getting outside and spring cleaning for your home. It’s time to clean the dust, dirt and build-up that the winter has left behind, but don’t forget – that also includes your chimney.
Many homeowners have enjoyed their fireplaces all winter long – which is a great thing. Keep in mind that you if had a fire going every cold weekend since last November –your fireplace is full of ashes, soot and other possible toxic substances that have been left behind. So it’s important to remember that your chimney also needs a spring cleaning. When you are washing your windows and giving your house a thorough cleaning after the cold winter months – schedule a spring cleaning for your chimney as well.
According to the CSIA, the national safety standard explains that “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Having your chimney cleaned and inspected not only ensures a clean and working fireplace and/or chimney; it protects the safety of your home and family.
Call a reputable chimney company to give your chimney and fireplace a thorough cleaning. A proper chimney cleaning service should be performed by a certified technician that not only cleans your chimney, but also performs a thorough maintenance check to ensure safe and proper performance. In addition, proper care and maintenance of chimneys, woodstoves, and fireplaces can help protect your home from unnecessary fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. A professional chimney sweep should also be knowledgeable about building codes, trained to recognize any deterioration or venting problems and be able to advise you regarding any problems and the condition of your chimney.
Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps offer thorough chimney cleaning services that include:
• Removing hazardous or combustible creosote
• Eliminating any accumulation of soot from coal and oil systems
• Removing any trapped animals, nests or leaves
• High powered vacuuming of the entire system
• Fire prevention inspections and maintenance services
In addition to keeping your chimney clean and running efficiently, safety should always be an important consideration in the maintenance of your chimney. While chimney professionals can advise you regarding safety concerns, you should always take precautions and follow all safety regulations as an informed homeowner.
This year, when the weather starts to get warmer and the days last a little longer, schedule a service for your chimney. Be sure to have your chimney cleaned by an experienced chimney professional like Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps. Call us in Nassau County at 516-284-1295 or in Suffolk County at 631-806-8550 to schedule your spring chimney cleaning today.