The wintertime is certainly when you use your fireplace the most. Unfortunately, you got too busy this fall to have your chimney inspected and now we’re officially in prime fireplace season. Now you’re wondering if it’s too late to get a chimney inspection and you’re considering going ahead and enjoying a winter of cozy fires. Don’t do it! While it’s harder to get an appointment this late in the game, it’s best for your safety to get an inspection before going ahead and starting a fire.
Safety Should Be Your Top Priority
Chimney inspections and cleanings go hand-in-hand; both services are usually performed together by chimney maintenance professionals. Having your yearly chimney inspection and cleaning taken care of is important for the safety of you, your family, and your home. According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of home heating fires was the failure to clean solid-fueled heating equipment, and the chief problem, in particular, was creosote in chimneys. So, a cleaning and inspection later in the winter are better than not having them done at all.
Set a Reminder for Next Year
To avoid the last-minute scramble and stress of getting your chimney inspected in wintertime, you should set a reminder for earlier in the fall next year. This ensures that once the temperatures start to get really frigid, your fireplace and chimney will be ready for a long season of cozy fires.
If you’re located in the Washington, D.C., area and find yourself in need of a full-service chimney company that offers sweep, repair, and other services, Priddy Chimney Sweeps is the team to call. Reach out to our family-owned and female-led team of experts today.