Do you remember the last time you had your chimneys inspected and cleaned? Spring is the perfect time to get ahead on cleaning, especially relating to your chimney. When the weather gets hot, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning. Call the professionals at Jiminy Chimney Masonry & Repair to help you with any of your chimney repairs or chimney cleaning.
Annual Inspection and Cleaning
You may be wondering why you need a chimney cleaning yearly. The simple answer is creosote. When you burn a fire in your fireplace, the natural wood fibers release gases, which travel up your chimney. However, when the hot gases hit the top of your chimney, where the bricks are cooler, condensation occurs. The smoke gases then condense the walls of your chimney and form a substance, creosote.
Creosote is highly flammable. This is a huge problem for homeowners because if a stray spark or ember floats up the chimney and hits the creosote, this could lead to a chimney fire. This could put your home and your family at risk. Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that even a ⅛ of an inch of creosote buildup is dangerous.
Even if you don’t frequently use your fireplace, a chimney fire is still likely. When birds and other creatures, such as squirrels or raccoons look to build nests. A chimney offers a warm, dry area for them to nest and raise a family sometimes. However, these critters could leave behind a nest and that could cause a potential fire.
Call Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair
Give our professionals at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call today if you are experiencing any issues with your chimney. Scheduling early will give us the chance to make sure your chimney cap is in good condition to keep critters out. It’ll also give us a chance to get rid of creosote build-up early before it has time to mix with rain and humidity to cause a nasty odor in your home. Call us today and spend your summer worry free!