Do you ever put things off until the last minute? I think if we’re being honest, there’s not a person who could say that they’ve never once done that. Whether it’s because it’s something you dread doing or you get too busy with other things, sometimes it’s just easy to procrastinate. In the summertime, it’s easy to put things off because it seems like these slow, warm summer days will last forever. But it’s August already, and that means that the evenings will start to cool down and soon the cold weather will be upon us. If you’ve put off getting your chimney inspected and cleaned, now’s the time to give Ceaser Chimney Service, LLC a call to get an appointment set to do just that!
Importance of an Annual Inspection
You may be thinking that since you’ve waited this long, you may as well just wait until next spring to have your chimney inspected, or you may even be thinking that an annual inspection isn’t all that important anyway. This just isn’t the case. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which is most recognized for being the highest standard in the chimney industry nationwide, recommends that you have your chimney cleaned annually as a way to ensure that your chimney system is working efficiently and to make sure that there are no existing safety hazards.
Because there is moisture in firewood, smoke is released, carrying with it several chemicals that can be dangerous to your family’s health. The main purpose of your chimney is to make sure that those chemicals are carried outside rather than being allowed back into your home. If there are cracks in your chimney liner, or if your dampers are rusted and don’t fit properly, that job isn’t being accomplished and your family could be exposed to these chemicals, such as benzene, aldehydes, and carbon monoxide. These chemicals can cause nausea, lung issues such as asthma, bronchitis, or respiratory infections. Smoke moisture that condenses on the interior of your chimney causes a layer of creosote to form. This is a highly flammable material which can catch a spark and cause a major chimney fire.
Over the course of time, your chimney endures a lot of weathering conditions, from wind to heat to rain and snow. Although it is a sturdy structure, as time passes the structural integrity of your chimney may become less than sturdy. Repair work caught early is much easier, less time consuming, and less expensive to fix than repair work that is left unfixed for a number of years. This is another good reason to have your chimney inspected annually.
Call in the Pros
If you think that this is a do-it-yourself job, think again. The skilled professionals at Ceaser Chimney Service, LLC are CSIA certified, which gives them access to the highest level of training and education in the United States. We can find the problems and get them fixed up so that you will know your family is safe through the long winter months. Your chimney’s health is our highest priority.