Although the winter is over, there’s still plenty you can do to maintain your chimney and fireplace, usually at a lower price than those offered during the peak season. Here are a few ways you can invest in your chimney or fireplace this spring:
- Chimney cleaning and inspection. Don’t wait until next fall to clean out the soot and ash leftover from last season’s fires. Creosote and soot that coat the inside of chimney flues can lead to “chimney breath”, a sour smell that permeates your entire home when the temperature and humidity levels rise. By getting the routine maintenance out of the way early in the year, you can make sure your chimney and fireplace will be ready as soon as the cold weather returns.
- Cap installation. Spring is the mating season for most species of animals, meaning they will be looking for a place to settle down with their “families.” Unfortunately for homeowners, chimneys are an appealing location to escape the wild. Chimney experts recommend having a chimney cap installed in early spring to keep pesky critters from accessing your chimney. Caps also keep twigs and leaves from getting inside your chimney, so they are a valuable investment for any homeowner.
- Waterproofing. With early spring comes increased rainfall. It’s crucial for homeowners to protect their chimneys from the effects of rain that can collect on top of the roof and cause water leaks. The Fireplace Doctor has a number of solutions, ranging from Flashseal to Chimney Saver. Check out our services section to learn more about our waterproofing products, and save yourself the hassle of repairing water damage this summer.
It’s common for homeowners to neglect their chimney and fireplace during the spring and summer. This can be dangerous and lead to serious damage in homes, however, so taking the time to schedule routine maintenance or specialized service now, before the summer gets into full swing, would be worth your time and money.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; call the Fireplace Doctor today to schedule an appointment. We can offer more flexible scheduling and special deals that you won’t find during the peak season!