Chimney Sweep

It’s time for chimney inspection earlier than winter

WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Now is the time for people in central Wisconsin to start using their fireplaces again.

After a quiet season, professional chimney sweeps recommend homeowners to inspect their chimneys for damage and clear creosote buildup to help prevent chimney fires this winter.

According to a Stevens Point chimney sweep, homeowners can also take preventive measures to minimize this buildup.

“The hardwood is what you want to burn, say oak, elm, ash, things like that. You basically want to avoid burning pine at all costs. Even after you’ve dried it for years, it still gives off a nasty tar that everything wants to stick to,” said Jim Fletcher, owner of Fletcher’s chimney service.

He pointed out another reason for inspecting chimneys that homeowners may not consider. In the warmer season, animals often get into chimneys and build nests. Chimney sweeps also eliminate such problems.

It’s always best to look ahead and plan your inspection ahead of time. Many companies book up weeks or months in advance.

“This is our busiest time of the year. Basically, as soon as August comes around or when it starts getting cool people thinking about their fireplaces, everyone starts calling at once,” Fletcher said.

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