5 Reasons Spring is the Best Time for a Chimney Sweep or Repair in Seattle

Why Sweep Your Chimney at All? Chimney Sweep or Repair in Seattle

A fireplace can bring a lifetime of joy and warmth through the cold winter months. Using your fireplace and chimney, however, leaves deposits of flammable substance called creosote inside your chimney. If left untended, creosote can build up and cause a chimney fire. Hiring a Seattle chimney sweep is the best way to remove dangerous creosote deposits from your chimney and ensure many more cozy winters by your fireplace. If you’re looking for a chimney sweep or repair in Seattle, and you’re wondering about the best time for doing so, allow us to share five quick reasons why spring is the best time of year to have your chimney swept.

1. Most Availability Is in the Spring

Most homeowners won’t schedule chimney sweeping or repairs until the end of summer when they can see winter on the horizon. This might mean waiting lists that are weeks or even months long! Many larger chimney repairs and projects simply can’t happen during the rainy winter months, which means that our books tend to be more open as things start to dry out in the spring. If you want to ensure that a pro from Powers CM takes a look at your chimney before the winter, make sure to aim for a spring appointment. Continue Reading →

Why a Chimney Video Inspection Is Necessary

Chimney Video Inspection │ Snohomish │ Powers ChimneyWe can’t tell you how many times people have insisted that a DIY chimney inspection is sufficient. A simple visual inspection down the flue provides very little insight into the chimney’s condition. A chimney repair usually, but not always, begins with a chimney video inspection. The keyword here is “video.”

Chimney Inspection Via Video

Some chimney liners have multiple bends that make it impossible to spot potential problems, such as cracks and creosote buildup. With that said, though, not all chimneys may require a video inspection. A reputable chimney sweep service should offer three levels of inspections established by the National Fire Protection Association. These levels are as follows:

  • Level 1 —This is the most basic inspection, and the one that’s normally carried out during routine annual checkups when no problems are reported. A camera may or may not be used depending on the type of chimney.
  • Level 2 — This is a more in-depth inspection and involves the use of a closed-circuit camera. Regulations require a level 2 examination before the home is put up for sale.
  • Level 3 — This is the most in-depth inspection and is usually only carried out after serious damage has incurred, such as from an earthquake or chimney fire. A level 3 checkup determines if a chimney is still structurally safe or if it needs to be replaced altogether. In some cases, a portion of the masonry may be removed to get a close-up look.

Please keep in mind that the homeowner should not carry out even a level 1 inspection. It still requires a professional inspector. Continue Reading →

Fall Is Here: Is Your Chimney Ready?

Fall is finally upon us here in the Seattle area, bringing cold temperatures. The low fall temperatures have many homeowners stocking up on firewood as they prepare to build cozy fires in their fireplaces. But is your chimney ready for another season of constant use?

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Schedule Your Annual Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

Chimneys should be inspected once a year for damage that could be potentially dangerous to your home. In addition, chimneys should be cleaned once a year so that sooty buildup from past use does not accumulate enough to become a fire hazard.

Remember that as you use your chimney, smoke residue called creosote builds up on your chimney’s inner surfaces. This residue must be removed by a professional with the tools and the expertise to get the job done right. Another benefit to ensuring your chimney receives routine cleanings is a longer-lasting flue system.

By scheduling your annual cleaning and inspection now, you can ensure that your chimney will be ready for use throughout the cold months, and you can rest assured that it is not a hazard to your home or family.

Trust Powers Chimney & Masonry

Looking for a chimney sweep and masonry professional? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. Powers CM is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our services.

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