Now that Labor Day has come and gone, your thoughts turn towards fall activities. Sending the kids back to school, getting out your jackets and sweaters, giving the house a good cleaning, having friends over to eat chili and watch football – all of these things just give you the feeling that summer is over and it’s time to start thinking of the cold winter days ahead. Another thing that feels good on autumn days is having a fire burning in the fireplace, just to take the chill out of the air. If you’ve neglected to have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned over the summer, now is the time to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call to schedule that deep down inspection and cleaning.

Inspection and Cleaning

Chimney Sweeping Before Fall - Chicago IL - Jiminy Chimney MasonryMost experts would tell you that it’s important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis. The big thing that your chimney sweep will be looking for is, of course, creosote build up. This sticky, hard to remove substance is what builds up over the course of the winter when you use your fireplace, and because it is highly flammable, it’s important to have it removed every year. There are other things that a qualified inspector will be looking for as well.

Signs of Deterioration or Damage

Another thing that your chimney inspector will be looking for is signs that your chimney has been damaged. It’s a little-known fact that chimney fires can take place without you even knowing it. Isn’t that a scary thought? Oftentimes, a fire in your chimney doesn’t have enough oxygen to cause it to become a major fire, but it is still serious enough to cause structural damage. This is one thing that your chimney professional will be looking for.

Another thing a chimney inspector will be observing is signs that your mortar needs to be replaced. The mortar that holds your bricks together is a pretty resilient material, yet, over years of wear and tear, it can break down. If this occurs, the chimney can become less stable, and that’s an accident waiting to happen. A process called tuckpointing, which requires removal of the old mortar and new mortar being ‘tucked’ back in between the bricks, is one that your chimney inspector might recommend.


Your chimney may also have obstructions, such as dried twigs, leaves, or even birds’ nest that has built up through the course of the summer. These are potential fire hazards, waiting for a spark to ignite them and cause a damaging chimney fire.

Call For a Professional Inspection and Sweeping

Now that fall is quickly approaching, you’ll want to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call and get your inspection scheduled today before it’s time to start using your fireplace. Soon you’ll be cheering your favorite team on to victory, and enjoying a safe, cozy fire afterward!