Spring Is the Best Time for a Chimney Checkup


Spring is on its way, and it is the best time to call us at Ace Chimney Sweeps to set up a chimney sweeping and inspection. Firstly, spring is the least busiest time of year for us, so you will not have to wait for weeks for an open appointment. Secondly, after working all winter to keep you warm, your chimney is in need of attention as well. Cold winters can cause a lot of damage to a chimney, and you could have repair work that needs to be addressed. We would like to share with you some suggestions on what you can do this spring to ensure your chimney works safely and properly.

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Schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweep and inspection.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have your fireplace and chimney swept and inspected every year for proper maintenance. It is important to be sure your chimney is functioning correctly with proper ventilation. You want it to be free of debris blockages and dangerous creosote build-up. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps at Ace Chimney Sweeps will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney, from top to bottom, as well as carefully examine the exterior and interior of your chimney to check for any fire hazards. Scheduling an inspection with our technicians allows us to check for damages and needed repair work.

Schedule a consultation concerning chimney relining.

If damage to your flue liner is found during your chimney inspection, spring is the perfect time to have your chimney relined. The CSIA-certified technicians at Ace Chimney Sweeps have much expertise in both repairing damaged flue liners and replacing liners that are beyond repair. Your flue liner is important because it protects your chimney walls from smoke and toxic gases, preventing chimney fires from starting. Your chimney either has a clay or a metal liner. A clay liner can crack, and when this happens, carbon monoxide can leak into your house, causing serious health issues. Aluminum liners can rust and corrode, or even be damaged by animals. We can replace your old flue liner with a clay liner; however, we recommend a newer stainless steel flue liner as it is durable and comes with a lifetime warranty when professionally installed.

Schedule a consultation about damper or chimney cap replacement.

According to the CSIA, the efficiency of these two parts of your chimney is crucial to saving energy and money, as well as keeping water leaks out during the spring and summer months. If your damper is stuck open, it is the same thing as leaving a window in your house open. Cold air escapes, bugs get in, the rain pours into your house, etc. If the damper is stuck closed, you cannot start a fire because your flue is closed-off and unable to filter smoke and gases. Similarly, your chimney cap fitting correctly on the top of your chimney is very important because not only does it also keep rain out of your chimney, but it prevents stray animals from setting up home there.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our CSIA-certified sweeps, contact Ace Chimney Sweeps today. We are happy to help you with any chimney needs you have.