and warmth of summer days are finally here to drive away the last remnants of
cold in the air. In between enjoying the warm weather activities, the summer
time is also a prime time to knock out important fireplace prep work before the
seasonal shift rolls through once more. Taking advantage of the higher temps
and more predictable weather can alleviate a lot of headaches before the cold
sets back in, so consider tackling these items before relaxing in the sun.
Keep Out the Critters
animals and insects alike are awake and on the prowl, looking for new spots to
set-up as stable homes. Take the time now to look at your chimney cap, or
installing one if you don’t already have one, as it will be the first line of
defense in keeping unwanted residents from moving into your chimney and
fireplace before the chilly fall.
Tackle Bigger Repairs and Projects
With the nicer
weather, it will be easier to start and complete major chimney repairs or
fireplace replacements, as there will be less of a need to pause for climate
issues, as well as being able to more easily schedule time with certified
chimney professionals who can complete the work.
Knock-Out Fireplace Odors
If it has been
a while since your last chimney cleaning, and you notice an odd odor coming
from the fireplace, the chances are high that there is creosote build-up that
needs to be removed. Higher summer humidity allows moisture to mix with the
creosote build-up, throwing off a pungent aroma. Scheduling an annual chimney
cleaning will remedy any odor issues emanating from your fireplace.
Schedule a Safety Inspection
While an annual cleaning is on the table, an annual safety inspection goes hand-in-hand. These will be easier to schedule over the summer, as chimney professionals have more leeway in their schedules, and can more easily work with you to find the most convenient time. A safety inspection will help catch any potential issues early on, and completing it over the summer provides ample time to take care of said issues before you really need to use your fireplace.
As you plan out
ways to make the most of your summer weekends, remember the advantages to
tackling necessary fireplace maintenance early. The sooner the fireplace
maintenance responsibilities are taken care of, the sooner you’ll be able to
enjoy your summer and fall, worry-free, safe and sound! To get a jump on any
fireplace issues, or to schedule your annual cleaning, turn to Lindemann
Chimney & Fireplace, chimney experts operating since 1969. Their team is
available and eager to tackle all fireplace questions and concerns, so feel
free to give them a call at (847) 739-4199, or reach out online through the online scheduling portal!
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