Chimney Care Checklist for Spring

Spring Chimney Checklist - Columbia MO - Advanced Chimney

Spring is undoubtedly the best time to do some home maintenance. Don’t forget to prioritize your chimney on your spring cleaning checklist!

Spring is here, and it’s time for spring cleaning. Finally, the long winter is passed, so the dust and cobwebs need to be replaced with fresh, clean air and sunshine. While you are making your spring cleaning checklist, do not forget your chimney. After working all winter to keep you warm, your chimney is in need of attention as well, and we at Advanced Chimney Techniques have some suggestions for your spring chimney checklist. Our certified specialists are on hand to help you complete each of these tasks; just contact us for an appointment to get started.

Schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweep and inspection.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should have your fireplace and chimney swept and inspected every year for proper maintenance. It’s important to be sure your chimney is functioning correctly with proper ventilation. You want it to be free of debris blockages and dangerous creosote build-up. The Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified chimney sweeps at Advanced Chimney Techniques will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney, from top to bottom, as well as carefully examine the exterior and interior of your chimney to check for any fire hazards. Scheduling an inspection with our technicians allows us to check for damages and needed repair work.

Schedule a consultation concerning chimney relining.

If damage to your flue liner is found during your chimney inspection, spring is the perfect time to have your chimney relined. The CSIA-certified technicians at Advanced Chimney Techniques have much expertise in both repairing damaged flue liners and replacing liners that are beyond repair. Your flue liner is important because it protects your chimney walls from smoke and toxic gases, preventing chimney fires from starting. Your chimney either has a clay or an aluminum liner. A clay liner can crack, and when this happens, carbon monoxide can leak into your house, causing serious health issues. Aluminum liners can rust and corrode, or even be damaged by animals. We at Advanced Chimney Techniques can replace your old flue liner with a clay or an aluminum liner; however, we recommend a newer stainless steel flue liner as it is durable and comes with a lifetime warranty when professionally installed.

Schedule a consultation about chase cover replacement.

If you have a factory-built fireplace, your chase cover is the equivalent of your chimney cap (and, if you have a masonry fireplace, this should be on your checklist). Protecting your chimney against the elements, chase covers are made from different types of metals that can rust over time, causing them to be less effective in keeping water out of your chimney. Water penetration can cause all sorts of damage to your chimney, so having a durable, solid chase cover is essential in protecting your chimney and your wallet. Advanced Chimney Techniques carries chase covers made from different types of metals — galvanized metal, stainless steel, and copper. Our CSIA-certified specialists can go over the pros and cons of each type with you to help you choose which cover is best for your chimney and then professionally install the cover for you.

Advanced Chimney Techniques is here to complete this spring chimney checklist for you. Get started on the first task, and schedule an appointment today for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection. Our CSIA-certified sweepers will come out to fix you up and help you out with the other steps on the list, if needed.