People often ask us when is the best time of year to have the chimney cleaned. Many of them assume that it’s best to wait until just before the fall season when they will begin using it. However, we generally recommend getting your chimney cleaned in the Spring. First of all, it is least busiest time of the year for cleaning chimneys, but more importantly, homeowners use their fireplace in the fall/winter and since chimneys only get dirty when they are used, spring is the best time to get them cleaned.
Creosote Builds Up in Fireplaces
Creosote is a flammable substance that builds up in fireplaces and needs regular cleaning to prevent the risk of having a chimney fire. Because you don’t use the fireplace all summer, there’s no possibility of creosote building up before the fall. If a chimney is not used, it will be exactly as clean six months later as the day you cleaned it.
However if you’re like most central Floridians, you didn’t get your chimney cleaned in the spring, so the best time to clean your chimney is now.
Even though we do not have harsh winters in Central Florida, we do get near freezing temperatures during many of our winters. At ABC Cleaning, we find lots of damaged chimneys during our inspections. One culprit is water seeping into the masonry. When the temperature drops, the water inside the bricks can freeze, expanding into ice crystals that can crack and shatter masonry. This freezing and thawing cycle can do massive damage to a chimney over time. However, the primary reason we find damage to chimneys is unfortunately neglect.
At ABC Cleaning, we clean and repair chimneys all year round. By planning ahead and getting your chimney inspected before the temperatures drop, you will make sure that your chimney gets cleaned, and or repaired in time for the busy burning season, and do it on your schedule!
About ABC Cleaning, Inc. of Orlando, FL
Serving Central Florida since 1992, ABC Cleaning, Inc. has been the acknowledged leader in air duct cleaning, chimney cleaning and dryer vent cleaning. We’re NADCA certified, we consistently invest in and have the most modern equipment and utilize the latest technology available with the best-trained service technicians in all of Orlando. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair faulty ducts, please contact us at ABC. We provide quality HVAC service throughout Orlando and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call today at 407-381-2120. We are here to help!