Schedule Your Chimney Cleaning and Inspections Before Fall

Seasons in Southern New Hampshire can be unpredictable, especially fall. There’s nothing worse than an early fall and a fireplace and chimney that isn’t ready to use. It’s important to schedule your chimney maintenance and repairs before fall, so that you don’t run into trouble when you need it, and your family stays safe and warm when the cold starts.

Routine Chimney Maintenance

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends regular chimney cleaning and annual inspections to ensure the chimney is in it’s best working order. This maintenance is also required by most home owners insurance and real estate companies. Since this is routine maintenance, homeowners can schedule in advance to avoid problems in the fall.

By scheduling your chimney maintenance before fall you can avoid these common issues with your chimney:

Chimney inspection in Henniker NHThe Fall Rush

Late spring and summer are considered the off-season for the chimney sweep industry. During this time customers can enjoy flexible scheduling and quick service. However, when fall comes around chimney sweep companies experience what’s called the fall rush, in which they receive a high volume of emergency and maintenance calls in a short time. If you wait for the fall to schedule your appointment with a chimney professional, you’ll most likely have to wait for your services.

Chimney Damage

During your annual chimney inspection our certified chimney sweep assesses all the readily accessible areas of the chimney system. Black Moose offers video surveillance to better identify and report damage to the chimney system and flue lining. If you wait until fall to schedule this inspection, and damage is found, you’ll have to wait even longer to use your chimney while it is being repaired. By scheduling during the off-season you can ensure there is ample time for your chimney professional to catch and correct issues with the chimney system.

Summer Humidity and Chimney Odors

With summer comes humidity, which brings moisture into chimneys, even those that have been adequately waterproofed. This moisture combines with soot and creosote to create a nasty odor that can infiltrate your home. Not only is the smell bothersome all summer, but the moisture can also cause problems when summer turns to fall, and temperatures continuously freeze and thaw. Avoid these problems by scheduling your appointments during the off-season, and especially having the chimney cleaned before fall.

Raised Risk of Flue Fires

If you wait until fall to schedule your chimney maintenance you might be tempted to burn a fire in it before it is cleaned. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED. If you burn a fire in a dirty or damaged chimney, it doesn’t work properly because of draft, blockage, and residue. When your chimney doesn’t vent properly it raises the likelihood of flue fire, and flue fires causes monetary damage, insurance liability, property value depreciation, and more.

In order to avoid multiple problems with your chimney this fall and winter, be sure to remember the easiest, safest, and most cost-effective maintenance is usually preventative maintenance. Schedule your chimney sweeps and inspections with Black Moose Chimney and Stove today.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)