How to tell if your Chimney needs a cleaning!

As a homeowner, it can often be difficult to manage all the seasonal household maintenance that is required. Exterior features of a home can often be the last thing on a homeowner’s mind when you have a million other things to take care of. Chimney maintenance is a lot more important than people realize, with improper maintenance poses a serious fire threat to homeowners and their families. This is why it is crucial to be able to recognize when it is time to schedule a cleaning service

Below we’ve listed the five tell tales signs that your chimney is in need of cleaning: 

Evidence of Animals 

It is not uncommon for small animals like squirrels or birds to seek refuge in a chimney. If you are hearing animal sounds or see signs of next material building up in your chimney it is definitely time for you to schedule a cleaning. Removing animals can be tricky so it is best to call in a team of professionals to clean out the chimney safely 

Smoky Fireplace 

If your fireplace accumulates smoke every time you try to light it this is a tell-tale sign that your chimney is due for a cleaning. Not only is smoke inhalation dangerous for pets and family members, but smoke can also cause damage to the interior of your home. A professional chimney cleaning service will eliminate this problem. 

Uneven Burning Fire 

When you try to light a fire in your fireplace does it burn unevenly? If so then it might be time to schedule a cleaning service! No one wants a partially lit fire on a cold New England day. Bring your fireplace back to life with a chimney cleaning. 

Fireplace Odor 

No one wants their freshly cleaned house to constantly smell like a campfire! If you are able to detect the smell of smoke or burning coming from the fireplace when there is no fire present it is time for some chimney maintenance! You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your home. 

Black damper 

If you notice that your chimney damper is black in color this is a key indicator that it is time to book a cleaning. A black damper means there is soot/creosote built up in your fireplace. Luckily when professionally cleaned this is something that can be taken care of 

We suggest homeowners should invest in at least a yearly chimney cleaning service, preferably in the springtime since fireplaces get the most use during the winter. This will help maintain the longevity of your chimney! 

Local Boston Masonry has more than a decade of experience cleaning chimneys, we also provide a wide range of chimney services. Check out our services and contact us for a free estimate today. Our team of professionals is more than happy to assist you with any and all of your chimney needs! 

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