With fall in the air, it’s time to get your chimney inspected before you need it to heat your home. There’s some chimney maintenance you can do yourself, while other tasks require a professional. Here’s how to prepare your chimney for the busy season.
Get a Thorough Checkup and Cleaning
If your chimney is not structurally sound, it may leak, cause smoke buildup in the home, or negatively affect your health. Rather than assume your chimney is healthy because you don’t see anything wrong with it, let a pro check things out.
After you’ve had your chimney inspected, get it cleaned. A chimney sweep removes soot and creosote, to make your chimney cleaner. Creosote logs may be tempting but they aren’t as efficient as a chimney sweep. Best practice is to bring in the chimney sweep to clean your chimney at the beginning of the season, then tidy up ashes when needed. For peace of mind that your sweep knows their stuff, look for chimney sweeps who are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. […]