Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Chimney Dirty All Summer
You can probably come up with reasons to ignore your chimney during the summer while you’re swimming, camping, vacationing, and more. However there are many reasons why you shouldn’t ignore it, and at Black Moose Chimney and Stove we strive to put our customer needs at the highest priority, and part of that is educating our customers about the best chimney care.
Humidity Causes Chimney Odors
Even when your chimney doesn’t experience a leak, moisture gets into it through humidity. Summer days are persistently hot and humid, and this moisture gets into the chimney and mixes with the creosote and soot there, causing a foul odor, only made worse by heat. You can avoid this unpleasant experience by having your chimney swept as part of your spring cleaning each year.
Animals Can Nest in Your Chimney
Birds are not the only animals that can nest in your chimney. Other pests are commonly found in chimneys, like raccoons and squirrels. Sometimes they nest for a short time and other times they become stuck and die. When this occurs you can bet you’ll experience some odors coming from your fireplace or stove. To avoid this experience, schedule your chimney maintenance in the spring. When a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) cleans your chimney, they can ascertain if there are any problems. They will notice if you need a chimney cap, for instance, which keeps critters out of your chimney!
After Summer Comes the Fall
If your chimney sits all summer before you schedule your maintenance, you risk running into what the industry calls “the fall rush”. Summer is the off season for chimney sweep companies, and when fall rolls around there is usually a rush of customer calls for sweeps, inspections, repairs, and installations to prepare for burning season. You DO NOT want to use a chimney that has set all summer without being cleaned or inspected. You also don’t want to freeze while you’re waiting for an appointment during the fall rush. Avoid this headache by being proactive about your chimney maintenance. Hundred of thousands of dollars in damages, repairs, and insurance claims could be saved in our area alone with preventative care for chimneys.
Black Moose Chimney and Stove
We’ve been serving our neighbors in Hillsborough, Cheshire, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties since 2009, and we are licensed and insured. We only send certified chimney sweeps on service calls, and they are experienced and professional, and want your chimney at it’s top safety and efficiency.
To get the most out of our scheduling, avoid the fall rush and schedule your appointment today. If you’re halfway through the summer and haven’t given your dirty chimney a thought, don’t worry. Our off-season allows for easy scheduling, and we always have staff on hand to take your calls. Since the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends regular chimney sweeps & annual inspections for your best & safest chimney, it is a great idea to schedule these appointments before the summer, & especially before fall.
Call us at 603-525-7905 or contact us online today.