Post by : Ed
With summer coming into full swing, homeowners with chimneys in their houses may naturally think of this as a down season for this area. The chimney and fireplace tend to be used less often in the summer than winter, so it’s understandable to assume that upkeep and overall concern for these areas are lower during the warm season.
At Creative Masonry & Chimney, however, we’re here to tell you that the summer period is actually often perfect for fireplace and chimney sweeps or cleaning, repairs, inspections and several other potential upkeep areas. The warm, generally predictable weather you find during the summer makes a few particular maintenance elements far simpler to accomplish than they might be during the winter, a period when you also don’t want to be dealing with these concerns and just want to be able to use the fireplace. With this in mind, let’s go over several areas where you can look to perform a little fireplace or chimney upkeep this summer, plus how our team will help.
If the winter is a period where pests go burrowing into home structures for warmth, think of the summer as the period when many of these same pests do their advanced research. More pests are awake and mobile during the summer, looking for new nesting areas that might stay viable all the way through until cold temperatures hit again.
This makes the summer a perfect time to check on certain areas of your chimney, which could be a harboring area for certain pests. Check the chimney cap to ensure it provides a proper seal, for instance – without this, certain rodents or other pests may find their way into your chimney through cracks or openings once the fall hits.
One of the top qualities of our chimney sweep and cleaning services: The way they remove odors. Over time, creosote builds up in many fireplaces, giving off a foul smell that may actually be heightened during the summer due to higher heat and humidity levels. Chimney cleaning at the end of the cold season, or the start of the summer, is a great way to remove this odor, among other dirt concerns.
We’re also proud to provide numerous areas of chimney repair, and there’s no better time than summer here – whether you’re hiring our pros or handling a small DIY chimney project on your own. Nice weather means there’s no safety risk, plus no pesky snow or ice getting in your way as you complete any basic repairs or minor replacements.
Finally, we also offer chimney inspections to help ensure your chimney and fireplace are both safe and healthy at all times. Scheduling this inspection at the same time as cleaning and sweeping is a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone, and we also regularly have a wider range of openings during the summer, when other homeowners aren’t thinking as much about their chimneys.
For more on summer upkeep areas for your chimney and fireplace, or to learn about any of our chimney or masonry services, speak to the staff at Creative Masonry & Chimney today.