we’ve got chimney appointment tips
If you’ve never had a chimney service completed, you might not be sure what, if anything, you need to do to prepare for it. Fortunately, we’re here with some helpful tips. And if you’ve still got questions after reading through them, please call! We can be reached at 513-662-4600, and we’re more than willing to help.
When to schedule
First things first… when should the appointment be scheduled? Maybe assume that the fall season would be most ideal, since that’s when temps are dropping and people start thinking of the holidays. That’s kind of the problem, though… This is when everyone wants to schedule – which means we get busy and our books fill up fast.
To avoid any inconvenience or delays, we recommend scheduling your chimney inspection (along with any other maintenance) during the spring or summer months. This allows us to look things over during a timeframe that’s best for your calendar, and it gives up ample time to address any damages or other issues well before the start of your burning season.
Preparing for your appointment
On the day of your appointment, there’s a few things we ask of you:
- Stop using your fireplace or appliance 24 hours before the start of your appointment. That way it had adequate time to completely cool down, and we won’t risk the chance of experiencing any burns or injuries.
- Scoop your fireplace ash. If you have ash on your firebox floor, we ask that you remove it prior to the appointment. Make sure you’re removing it safely, though! Use a metal scoop to transfer any ashes to a metal bucket with a lid, then leave it on a non-flammable surface outside of your home for a couple of days to ensure any and all embers are completely dead.
- Clear out a 6-foot space in front of the fireplace. This gives us plenty of room to work, and it ensures your furniture and any valuables stay out of harm’s way too.
And once we’re there… feel free to watch us work and ask any questions! The more educated you are on how your appliance works, the safer and more efficiently you can use it. That’s our goal.