One of the most pleasurable aspects of the fall season is curling up by the fire with friends and family to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. But without proper routine chimney maintenance, your household may miss out on sitting by the fire due to unforeseen damages that need repair. Nature, old age and weather are just a few causes of chimney damage. It is very difficult to detect if the chimney is in good condition from the outside. Just before autumn is the time of year to call up your local chimney sweeper service to have them inspect and clean your fireplace.
During a chimney sweep, the specialist will check the entire structure for any issues or breakage. We provide you with a comprehensive report of the inspection for your records, which will include an estimate of anything that needs to be repaired. Whether the problem may be creosote, pathway blockage or brick repair in Philadelphia, the chimney sweep will allow possible issues to be assessed early on, before it gets cold outside. The sweep will also help maintain the indoor air quality of your home.
Once you have booked an appointment for the chimney sweep, you may be wondering what to do in preparation for it. There are a few things you can do to help the chimney sweep be conducted fast and effectively.
Clear Away the Mantel
If you have photo frames, knickknacks or any other décor crowding your mantel, make sure you remove it before the chimney technician arrives. This helps the technician service your chimney much faster and ensures that none of your items will be broken in the process. Take away any household items that may be around the hearth, as well as wood or gas that may be sitting inside the fireplace.
Cover the Furnishings Nearby
The chimney technician assigned to the job will cover the areas around the fireplace with robust linen or sponge blocks. The modern process for chimney sweeping is much cleaner compared to the past. The sweep is done using an industrial vacuum cleaner that doesn’t allow dust to escape into the room. However, if there are valuable household items and delicate furniture near the fireplace that you want to protect, we highly suggest that you cover them up with plastic or sheets.
Know What Questions You Want to Ask
Before the chimney sweep technician arrives, write down a few questions about your chimney you may have for him. Refer to your list of questions during the appointment to obtain all the information you need about your chimney. Doing this cheat sheet will help you get all of the answers you need without missing a beat. You won’t have to call the chimney company later because you forgot to ask your questions. Even if you do, we are always available to answer your call and assist you the best way we can!
Have you had your chimney cleaned for autumn yet?