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Start Spring Cleaning Off Right

While you’re organizing your Spring Cleaning to-do list, you should remember your chimney along with all your other home maintenance. Your chimney has been working for you all winter long, maybe daily, and it needs some attention.

What You Can Do

First, you should clean the surfaces of the hearth and close off the chimney when you’re finished with it for the season. By closing the damper you can save yourself in air conditioning costs this summer. You can also prevent foul odors from soot and humidity from entering your home while you wait for your appointment. As soon as you are able you should schedule an appointment with a professional chimney sweep company.Start Spring Cleaning Off Right Image - Seattle WA - Pristine Sweeps, LLC

Choosing the Right Chimney Sweep Company

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend annual maintenance including regular chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections. Scheduling your inspection in the spring means that you can catch any winter damage before it is made worse by water penetration and summer humidity. While looking for a chimney sweep company to assess and clean your chimney system, look for one who is familiar with the area’s climate, common chimney damages, repairs, and local regulations.

Make Necessary Repairs Now

Your chimney expert may find chimney damages or possible problems that can be dealth with right away. Schedule your chimney repairs now so that spring showers aren’t able to worsen the damage. Also, making repairs now means that your chimney will be ready to use when cool weather comes in the fall. A common mistake homeowners make is putting off routine maintenance and repairs until fall. This is often called the “fall rush” because it’s the period at the start of burn season when chimney sweeps are busy getting chimneys ready for winter. During this time it can be difficult to get the appointment time you need and you may even be forced to use a chimney sweep you aren’t happy with in order to get the work completed. It’s best to plan ahead.

Closing Out Your Chimney for the Off-Season

If you have already had your chimney inspection for the year, you can still have your chimney swept before closing it out for the summer. Many homeowners schedule a chimney sweep in the spring because a dirty chimney can become stinky when temperatures warm up. Soot and creosote can become pungent when it mingles with moisture. Even if your chimney doesn’t have a leak, the natural humidity of summer will permeate the whole chimney system and create these odors. Once your chimney is swept you can close the damper to save on utilities. If you have a top-sealing damper you can close off your chimney system with an air-tight seal from the top, preventing water penetration, drafts, and animal intrusion.

When you’re ready to close out your chimney for the spring, a chimney expert from Pristine Sweeps can help you remember every step. It’s always our goal for our customers to be safe and comfortable year-round. Call Pristine Sweeps at 206-574-8414 and schedule your appointment today.

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Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment Now!

Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Appointment Now Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsWith summer in full swing, most of us have absolutely no interest in starting a blaze in our fireplaces! However, because they are not being used now may be the perfect time to have your chimney swept!

Summer is often considered the “low season” for chimney sweeps. This year, beat the fall rush by scheduling your chimney sweeping during the summer! By scheduling your chimney sweeping appointment now you can be sure your chimney and fireplace are ready to go once fall arrives in a few months.

The importance of yearly chimney maintenance

Regular yearly maintenance is one of the best ways to extend the life of your chimney and ensure your fireplace burns safely year after year. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that homeowners have their chimneys swept and inspected at least once per year.

During a chimney sweeping, a CSIA certified chimney sweep will use brushes, brooms, and other tools to remove ash, soot, and creosote from the flue. Doing this can help your fireplace burn and vent more efficiently as well as reduce the risk of chimney fire. A chimney inspection may be performed at the same time; during a chimney inspection, the accessible portions of the exterior and interior of the chimney will be checked for signs of damage or deterioration.

Why schedule your chimney sweeping this summer

While it may seem like an odd time of year to have a chimney sweeping done, there are a number of benefits to summer chimney maintenance. Below are four reasons to schedule your chimney sweeping appointment now!

  1. Get an appointment that fits your schedule. In today’s hustle and bustle world, it can be hard getting service appointments that fit into your schedule. However, since this is our low season, it is easier than ever to schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you!
  2. Less waiting before services. Whether you’re waiting for a routine sweeping or are having an emergency repair done, there are often fewer waits before services during the summer. This is especially important if you are waiting to have certain masonry repairs, such as leak resolution, done.
  3. No waiting to use your chimney. If you wait to have your chimney swept until you’re ready to use it, you might find that it’s not ready when you are. Because so few homeowners use their fireplaces during the summer it makes it the perfect time to have repairs and maintenance done – your chimney gets cleaned and you don’t have to wait to use it!
  4. Think ahead and be ready for fall. Instead of waiting for fall to arrive before thinking about chimney maintenance, be proactive and get it done ahead of schedule. This will allow you to use your fireplace as soon as the first cold snap arrives – no waiting required.

Don’t wait until temperatures cool down to think about having your chimney swept. Instead, schedule your chimney sweeping appointment now to beat the rush and be ready for fall! Contact Pristine Sweeps today to set up your next appointment!