It’s that time of the year: As you prepare your home for the fall and winter, it’s time to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection appointment. With the appointment on the books, you might be wondering what you could do to make sure your appointment goes smoothly. In addition, what to do to get the most out of your annual sweeping and inspection. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you prepare for your upcoming annual chimney appointment!
Don’t use the fireplace before the appointment.
Make sure the fireplace or heating stove has completely cooled and won’t pose a danger during the sweeping. Therefore, do not use your heating appliance for at least 24 hours before your chimney sweeping appointment!
Clear an area around the fireplace.
Your sweep will need space to work around your fireplace. Make sure you clear the area of any furniture, rugs, or décor. Your sweep will, of course, take care to make sure your items are out of the way and safe during the chimney sweeping. However, clearing the area in advance helps our sweeps to get in and out of your home faster.
Put away breakables.
Again, your sweep will be very careful to make sure your personal possessions are undamaged during the sweeping. However, accidents can happen! This is because your sweep will be carrying equipment in and out of your home. Clear a path between your door and your fireplace. Also, make sure that breakables have been removed from nearby tables, the floor, and the mantle.
Keep pets away from the area.
We want to make sure your pets are safe during your chimney sweeping. Many pets are curious and might want to see what your sweep is up to. Be aware that they might become alarmed while the work is being performed. To keep your pets safe during your chimney sweeping appointment, put them in a separate part of the home or outside!
Warn children to stay away.
Similarly, curious children might want to know what your chimney sweep is up to. While sweeps always try to be conscientious, they are focused on their work and might not notice a child getting too close. Be sure that you warn any children that are home during the appointment to keep a safe distance from the sweep. Additionally, be sure to keep an eye on younger children!
Prepare any questions in advance.
You likely only see your chimney sweep once a year, and questions might pop into your mind between appointments. Make a list of any questions you have before your appointment. This is so you can discuss them with your sweep. Whether it has to do with safe operation, regular maintenance, or areas of concern or fireplace upgrades, don’t be afraid to ask! Your sweep wants to be sure that you aren’t left with questions or concerns after your appointment.
Do you have any questions regarding your annual chimney sweeping and inspection? Do you you still need to schedule your annual sweeping, as well? If so, call Environmental Chimney Service today!