Spring is the perfect time to do a lot of things. Once the snow is gone and the weather is warmer, it’s hard to stop yourself from getting outside and doing those outdoor jobs. Getting the yard back in shape, cleaning out the garage, washing and vacuuming out your vehicles, whatever the job is, you know it’ll feel good to get the winter dirt and grime cleared out and things looking clean again. Now that the winter is over, and your chimney needs a good cleaning too before you shut it off for the season. A long winter of fireplace use can cause a lot of accumulations of soot and creosote, and now is the perfect time to schedule your chimney inspection and sweeping.
What Will We Be Looking For?
When you use your fireplace a lot, it undergoes a lot of wear and tear. One of the first things we’ll be looking for is creosote buildup. When you burn wood, the moisture that is left in the wood escapes in the form of smoke, along with chemicals such as methane, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and many other nasty chemicals. The less time your wood was cured, the more moisture will be released during burning. Even wood that has been dried for a long time will still let off some moisture.
When the smoke hits the top interior of your chimney, it condenses to forms a nasty hard, black or brown layer of smelly grit, which is called creosote. This is highly flammable, even as small as an eighth of an inch of buildup can cause a chimney fire. It’s so important to make sure to get rid of all creosote in your chimney, and the professionals at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is here to take care of that job.
Another thing we’ll be looking for is any cracks or chips over the course of the winter. The freeze-thaw cycle, in which moisture gets in the pores of the mortar and bricks, freezes, expands, and causes larger crack to occur, can cause leaks, rusted chimney caps, or cracked chimney crowns. Leaks can also cause rusted damper, a collapsed hearth support, deteriorating walls and ceiling boards, and more. It’s important to address all repairs before the next fire season starts again!
SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is the best company in the D.C. area, and we can remove all sights of creosote and address any repair jobs that may have sprung up over the course of the winter. We love leaving satisfied customers in Washington D.C. and the surrounding communities. Give us a call today, so you can get this job checked off your spring to-do list!