Now that August is just beginning, soon it will be fall and winter. One thing that needs to be taken care of before the cold arrives is to schedule your annual chimney inspection and cleaning. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have a chimney inspection and cleaning on an annual basis. Now that fall is approaching, it’s important to call us as soon as possible to get an appointment with the experts at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, especially before the fall rush sets in!

Why Is It Important?

sweep holding a wire chimney brushOver the course of a year’s use, your chimney accumulates a lot of soot and muck. Whether you burn wood or have a gas appliance, this is just a normal part of burning a fireplace. When you burn wood, moisture is released. The less cured your wood is, the more moisture is released, which is why it’s so important to make sure that your wood has been cured for at least six months.

However, no matter how long it has been cured, you’ll have moisture released in the form of smoke. Along with the moisture, many chemicals are released. When this mix hits your chimney’s interior, it forms a gunky material called creosote, which smells bad and is highly flammable. It’s important to have professionals come in and do thorough inspections and cleanings so that all of the creosote is removed from your system. This helps to eliminate not only the odor problem associated with creosote but also the risk of chimney fire as well.

Checking for Damage

Another thing we’ll do is check for damage that may have occurred over the course of the year. This could be due to an undetected chimney fire, unusual weather conditions, or even just normal wear and tear. Or it may be that some of your fixtures don’t fit properly or perhaps weren’t installed correctly. We’ll check this out as well and recommend repairs or replacements that are necessary to ensure your system is ready for use.

Call SirVent Chimney and Venting Service

If you know it’s time to have your chimney swept, make sure that you call SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. It’s important to hire professionals who have the proper ongoing education and training, and SirVent’s CSIA certification means that we have the dedication to excellence. We take advantage of all training opportunities and stay up-to-date on all the latest tools and techniques. We are dedicated to making sure that our customers are safe and happy, and that dedication shows in every job we do!