How Do I Prepare My Chimney for the Fall?

Summer is over, and winter is months away — which means fall is here! The weather is cooling down, and soon colors will start to change. Before too long, you’ll get the itch to light up the fireplace and relax. However, before you get to that first fire of the season, it’s important to follow through with the necessary cleaning and safety steps to keep your home safe and your family healthy. But don’t just take it from us; the National Fire Protection Association of America recommends annual chimney inspections and chimney cleanings to remove dangerous creosote buildup before using your fireplace once again.

Getting Your Chimney Ready for the Fall

Throughout fall and winter, a buildup of ash and soot coat the walls of your chimney, sitting there during warmer months while dirt, pests, and storm debris clutter it up even further. Given the risk of potentially dangerous conditions lurking in your fireplace and chimney, here’s what you should address:

Chimney Inspection

A chimney professional will inspect your chimney for cracks or damage that may have occurred as a result of harsh weather conditions, as well as creosote buildup that could lead to a house fire. Arranging for one of our team members to come take a look during the fall ensures safety all winter season.

Chimney Cleaning

Our technicians use sophisticated equipment to capture soot release before entering your home, starting from the chimney’s components on the roof (damper, chamber, and flue). An annual cleaning helps remove harmful toxins from posing a risk to your living environment.

Chimney Cap Inspection

Chimney caps are integral to the safety of your residence by preventing animals from entering through your chimney, rain and snow from seeping in, and stopping lit embers from exiting your chimney and settling on your roof. Our contractors will inspect your chimney cap for damage that may compromise its functionality — and make the necessary repairs and replacements to restore it.

Contact Above All Chimney & Masonry for Comprehensive Chimney Services

While you may not have noticed anything wrong with your fireplace or chimney from last season, that doesn’t mean you should pass on having it looked at by a trained professional. There’s never been a better time to make sure you’re ready for enjoying the fire this year — reach out to our team today!

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