So you’ve received a sizable income tax refund and you’d like to put some of it back into your home. It just happens to be the perfect time to think about your chimney and fireplace. Once winter has finally bid adieu and you’re done with your heating system for the season, it’s the best time of year to think about upgrading. Now is the time to call a certified chimney sweep to inspect and assess the condition of your chimney. After a thorough inspection, your sweep will let you know what needs to be done to be sure your home is ready for the next winter season.
- A thorough professional chimney cleaning-It’s never a bad idea to have your chimney swept by an expert, particularly after a long winter when it has been used constantly. Creosote builds up over time and needs to be removed to prevent chimney fires.
- Install a new chimney liner-A chimney liner protects the inside of the chimney and helps gasses up and out. If your chimney is older, it may not have a liner at all. Or your existing liner may have damage.
- Chimney cap repair or replacement-Chimney caps that are damaged or missing are bad news as they keep debris, rain, and critters from entering your chimney.
- Firebox repair or rebuilding-If your firebox has damage that isn’t easily fixed, it may need to be replaced. You can have it replaced with an insert or have your firebox rebuilt with new firebricks. This isn’t a simple DIY situation-all of these things are best left in the hands of a CSIA certified professional.
- Complete fireplace upgrade-If your fireplace isn’t performing like you think it should, it might be time to look at a higher efficiency alternative. Your sweep can help you determine what would work best in your home. If you’re thinking of a more cosmetic fix, a simple facelift such as replacing the mantle or doors on your fireplace can really make a big difference.
Calling your chimney expert in for these types of projects is money well spent. You can sail on into the next season feeling good about what you’ve done for your home! Contact us today.