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When is the Best Time for a Chimney Cleaning?

chimney cleaning"Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey, Chim Chim Cher-ee..." That Mary Poppins song sure brings back memories, doesn’t it? Bert, the chimney sweep, knew the importance of his job. These days, it’s easy to forget that our chimneys need a good “sweep” now and then. But, when is the best time for your chimney cleaning? It turns out that it’s spring and here’s why.

Quick Appointments

A lot of homeowners think of scheduling their chimney cleaning in the fall to get ready for the heating season, right? While that’s good thinking, it also means that chimney cleaning companies tend to get overloaded with service calls. It’s not uncommon to have to wait a month or more in the fall to get your chimney taken care of. By then, the snow might already be flying!

If you schedule your chimney sweep appointment in the spring, when the demand is lower, you’re much more likely to get a quick appointment and one that is most convenient for you and your schedule.

Early Maintenance

During the heating months, your chimney will accumulate creosote (a combination of water, wood alcohol, and unburned fuel particles) and soot — the very reason you need your chimney cleaned. The creosote will react with springtime rain and moisture, creating an acidic condition that can damage your chimney. By having your chimney cleaned in the early spring, you remove the creosote and help prolong the life and integrity of your chimney.

Convenient Repairs

Many chimney cleaning companies combine their sweep services with a chimney inspection. If your service provider finds that your chimney needs repairs, spring is a good time to schedule those, too. Like the cleaning itself, you’re likely to get faster repair service in the spring. Finding out early in the season gives you enough time and the flexibility to schedule any repairs needed through the warmer months. In fact, most chimney repairs need to be done at temperatures well above freezing, so you don’t want to delay until the colder months and risk not completing the repairs.

Cost Savings

Last, but not least, you could save some cash by scheduling your chimney cleaning in the spring. A lot of chimney sweep companies will offer spring discounts. It helps them spread their workload throughout the season and it helps homeowners save on cleaning and inspection costs.

If you’re ready to schedule your springtime chimney sweep, use our convenient dealer locator to find a reliable HVAC pro in your area. Either they'll be able to clean your chimney or they'll refer you to someone who can!

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