Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until it’s too late to schedule a chimney sweeping appointment. Just like putting off having your car taken in until the ‘check engine’ light kicks on, you should never wait until an accident or dangerous event occurs to have your chimney inspected.

Have an Annual Inspection

It’s good to plan on having at least one inspection and chimney sweeping a year. If you notice any problems over the course of the year, you should act immediately and give Clean Sweep Maryland a call. The most important time of year for your chimney to be cleaned is at the start of fall before you fire things up for the holidays and winter. A skilled chimney sweep will check the firebox, damper and shaft and check for any damage on the exterior of the chimney. Inspectors can identify seemingly-small problems that can become huge hazards in the future and recommend repairs.

Creosote Build-Up

Creosote is left behind in your chimney flue every time that you burn wood. This substance is highly flammable and should be removed on a regular basis. One of the most important reasons for proactive chimney sweeping is to remove creosote before the levels are so high that you are at risk of an out-of-control house fire. The Chimney Safety Institute recommends chimney cleaning whenever creosote levels are above 1/8”, but you should have annual cleanings regardless of creosote levels in the flue.

Damage to the Flue Liner

Another commonly-identified problem during chimney sweeping is damage to the flue liner. Depending on the amount of build-up in your chimney, the chimney might need to be cleaned before the flue is inspected. Your flue is essential to the safety of your family because it is what carries out smoke and toxic fumes. Cracks and damage can easily occur in the flue, and if you use your fireplace when the flue is damaged, you could be putting your health and safety at risk.

Obstructions on the Inside

There’s a good chance that you never see the inside of your chimney, so you have no idea whether or not there are nests, debris or other things that don’t belong lurking inside. Whenever your chimney has an obstruction on the inside, it can prevent carbon monoxide from leaving your home. This deadly gas is invisible, odorless and tasteless, so if it can’t escape, you won’t know it until it is too late. Chimney sweepings and inspections will find obstructions and remove them or recommend steps for removal.

Choose the Right Chimney Sweep Partner

When it comes to keeping your home and family safe, you should never settle for less. Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, dryer vent cleaning and gutter cleaning services designed to keep your home in wonderful condition and your family safe.