Is It Smart to Have a Chimney Inspection After Winter?

Roofing contractor performing a chimney inspection in the spring Most people think about having a chimney inspection done before winter because they plan to use their fireplace in the months of December, January, etc. But what about having a chimney inspection after winter? Does that make sense?

Those who inspect chimneys get pretty busy during the Fall months when everyone and their brother remembers to get their chimney inspected. Therefore, avoid the busy season by having your chimney inspected in the Spring, especially during the months of April and May. This way, if you have any issues, they can be corrected long before the burning season starts back up again in the Fall. You don’t want to wait until late Fall for your inspection, only to discover you need time-consuming work done and then you have to delay using your fireplace by several weeks– that could be very frustrating!

The Prudence of Springtime Chimney Inspections

It’s a good idea to get a Springtime chimney inspection in order to avoid decay and deterioration during warmer months. Winter can take its toll on chimneys, especially thanks to the freeze and thaw process. If water gets into masonry or other components of the chimney, it’s best to get that taken care of sooner rather than later. Metal components can be checked, and any clogs, rot or rust can be fixed in the Springtime. Inspectors can also look for liners, mortar and/or chimney caps that may need to be fixed or replaced.

Besides inspections, chimneys sometimes need sweeping to get rid of the build up of creosote. If you had several fires during the winter, you could easily have excessive creosote in your flue. This creosote can end up making your house smell bad in the summer months. And, since it’s flammable, it could lead to chimney fires.

Do you have a chimney and you’d like it professionally checked after this winter season, but long before Fall comes back around? Call Roofing By Bruce at 570-424-8891 to schedule an appointment for this Spring.