Throughout your home, there are tasks that need to be completed every year. In the spring it’s time to clean the gutters, as winter approaches you caulk and seal around your windows. Your chimney isn’t exempt from annual maintenance-there are three things that you should be sure to have done every year.
Schedule a Professional Inspection of Your Chimney Interior
Having your chimney inspected every year is one of the most important things you can do. Why? An inspection by a certified professional can catch problems inside your chimney you may not be aware of. Chimney sweeps are trained to identify issues in your chimney’s interior such as moisture damage, deteriorating tiles, and other internal problems. These are all things that can be resolved before they become dangerous or bigger more expensive problems!
Take a Good Look at Your Chimney’s Exterior
Keeping an eye to the outside of your chimney probably isn’t something that you do on a regular basis. However once a year you should take a close look at the area on top and around your chimney. If your chimney’s crown is cracked or the flashing isn’t securely attached, that can lead to serious problems inside your home such as moisture damage. A good time to do this would be prior to scheduling your annual inspection. Your chimney expert can then address the situation and help you determine the steps to get the problem fixed!
Schedule a Professional Cleaning
An annual professional sweep of your chimney’s interior is necessary. A professional cleaning makes your system work more efficiently. It also eliminates build-up of a flammable substance known as creosote, which cuts down your risk of a chimney fire. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Have your cleaning and inspection done at the same time! Keep in mind that the closer to the burning season that you call for a cleaning and/or inspection, the busier your chimney pros are going to be.
Are you ready to tackle your annual chimney care checklist? Give the pros at North American Chimney and Gutter Corp. a call sooner rather than later. North American Chimney and Gutter services the following areas: Bay Shore and Bedford Hills New York; Philadelphia and Harrisburg Pennsylvania; West Borough and Boston Massachusetts; and Fairfield Connecticut.