Contrary to many homeowner’s assumptions, the need for a chimney sweep does not depend on the frequency of use. Whether you have used your chimney in the last year or not, yes you will need an annual chimney sweep for your Nashville home before you start burning again for the season.
Why is an annual chimney sweep necessary
Your chimney serves as an exhaust to your fireplace and in many cases, the furnace, too. When a chimney is not in use, birds, insects, and other unwanted critters could take up real estate in your chimney. You’ll want to have any remnants left by these guests removed, and any damage addressed. Additionally, the fluctuation of Nashville weather throughout the year can take a toll on the masonry and the internal components of a chimney. The possible freezing and thawing, expanding and contracting of water in any deteriorated mortar joints, or porous brick, will perpetuate the breaking down of your chimney’s structure.
Especially if the chimney has been used, it is absolutely recommended by industry professionals to have the chimney cleaned and inspected annually. When wood is burned, creosote is left behind, and a fire burning inefficiently (not hot enough) allows creosote to build up in the flue system. Creosote is a flammable tar-like substance that can re-ignite and lead to flue-fires, which crack flue-tiles and cause serious structural hazards for your home.
What should I keep in mind before I call my chimney sweep?
Be sure that your annual chimney sweep should be performed by a certified chimney sweep. Your Nashville Chimney & Masonry Outfitters have been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to ensure that you receive a quality sweep and inspection service that is in line with chimney safety regulations and best burning practices.