Reminder: Time to Schedule a Chimney Sweep!
With summer officially over the Washington, D.C. area temperatures dropping down into the 60s, 50s, and even 40s (gulp!), you’re probably getting ready to use one of your prized home appliances—your fireplace. But before you throw the first log on—don’t forget to schedule your annual chimney sweep!
The best time to schedule your chimney sweep is before you plan on using your chimney. This will ensure your fireplace operates efficiently and also reduces the risk for chimney fires.
Why Do I Need an Annual Chimney Sweep?
You might not! How often you need a chimney sweep actually depends on how often you use your fireplace. For most people, a yearly professional chimney sweep will suffice to make sure your chimney is clear of blockages and buildup, operates efficiently, and is not at high risk for chimney fires.
Most chimney fires are caused when too much dirt builds up inside a chimney interior. When you burn wood in your fireplace, the smoke condenses into a tar-like substance called creosote. Flames and sparks in your chimney can easily ignite a creosote buildup on the inside of your chimney, causing a chimney fire to occur.
Chimney fires are not just dangerous. They can also cause expensive damage to your fireplace and chimney—such as cracks in your masonry. The best way to prevent expensive chimney repair is with proper fireplace and chimney maintenance—including regular chimney sweeps.
The Benefits of Working with a Professional Chimney Sweep
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, you might be tempted to try and clean your chimney on your own to save a buck or two. But there are many benefits to working with a professional chimney sweep instead!
First and most importantly, it’s best to hire a chimney sweep for safety reasons. You want someone experienced working with you chimney. For example, in some situations, chimney deposits create large blockages that you are too dangerous to clean with a brush for risk of igniting them and causing a chimney fire (if this is the case, you need a chimney repair). In a way, your chimney sweep almost doubles as a chimney inspection—they can tell you at a glance if your chimney parts look in good working order!
Next, chimney cleaning is quite the messy job! But a good, professional chimney sweep will have the tools required to leave your property as clean as possible (our customers always tell us they couldn’t even tell we were there!). That’s because a professional will own the right tools (drop clothes, chimney vacuums, and chimney brushes) to clean your chimney from the bottom to top.
Hire a Chimney Sweep in Washington, D.C.
Looking for a chimney sweep in the Washington, D.C. area? Give us a call. Whether you live in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Logan Circle, or elsewhere, we offer chimney cleaning all over the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas.
We’re experienced, licensed, bonded, and ensured, so you know you can trust us to handle all your chimney needs!