Summer gets busy so quickly! With baseball games, swimming lessons, family get-togethers, and yard work, before you know it, it’s the Fourth of July. If you own a fireplace, you know that you need to have your chimney inspected on an annual basis, and it’s probably on your list to do. Scheduling early is a real plus for several reasons, but it’s already July! Don’t worry, though. When you call Old Dominion Chimneys, we can fit you in and get your chimney inspected and cleaned in plenty of time to be ready for the cooler days of autumn.
Why Not Wait?
If you’ve put off your chimney inspection until July, why not just put it off a little longer? There are several good reasons to schedule your inspection earlier rather than later. One very good reason is because we might find something that needs to be repaired. It’s easier for some repair work to be completed during the warmer summer months because mortar is easier to work with and bonds better when it is above 40 degrees. Although we can still do repair work when the temperature is colder, it will take special procedures. On top of that, if you wait to have the repair work done later in the season, it will take time away from using your fireplace during the cool weather of the fall season.
One thing that we are looking for when we inspect your chimney is creosote build-up. Creosote is the residue that is left when smoke leaves your chimney. The chemicals produced from burning wood escape in the form of smoke up your chimney and out of your home. However, when the warm smoke hits the cooler surface at the top of your chimney, it condenses and forms creosote. This creosote is a fire hazard, and needs to be cleared out so that the chance of a chimney fire is reduced. However, another problem with creosote build-up is that, during summer months when it is hot and humid, the moisture mixes with the creosote and can give off a very unpleasant odor. This is another reason to have us come in soon and get that creosote cleaned out.
Another reason to schedule your chimney service now is so that you can schedule at your convenience. Consider this: you aren’t the only one waiting to schedule. When you schedule late, you will be put on the list with many others who have also waited. We will definitely get your chimney inspected, but you may have to wait for the service to be completed.
Why procrastinate? All it takes is a single phone call to get your chimney service on the calendar. Give Old Dominion Chimneys a call at 800-877-4091 and we’ll be at your house in no time to take care of any and all of your chimney servicing needs.