Do you need your chimney cleaned before the heating season kicks in? It won’t be much longer before you want to start a cozy fire to take the cold chill of fall out of the room. The rule of thumb is you should have your chimney cleaned after every two cords of wood are burned. For some this may be annually and for others it may only be every few years. With fall now upon us, most chimney sweeps are already booked 3-4 weeks out for cleaning and inspection services. If you are due to have your chimney cleaned this season, don’t delay. Call your local service and get on the list today. If you don’t have a service you use regularly, please give us a call at 425-775-9085 and we can refer someone to you. We also provide masonry services if your chimney is in need of repair.
Start your spring exterior maintenance plan by grabbing a pen and paper and taking a walk around the full perimeter of your home. Compile a list of any necessary repairs you discover. Breaking these tasks down later into categories and prioritizing them will make the list more manageable.
Trim Trees & Bushes
You need relatively clear access to your home’s exterior to complete most maintenance tasks. A good place to start is to trim back any trees and bushes from the side of the house and hanging over the roof, gutters, and power lines. Remember to give the same attention to any outbuildings, such as a detached garage or storage shed.
Fall is right around the corner and if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to prepare your home for winter. Spending some time doing a few simple and inexpensive things will help make your home more comfortable, give you added peace of mind, and save you money on your heating bill.
The following tips will help guide you through the process. We hope you find it useful as you make your way through your fall ‘to do’ list.