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Summer Is The Best Time to Inspect & Sweep Your Wood Appliance

You’re celebrating the beginning of summer right now. After the year we’ve all had, we’re looking forward to a few great months of beautiful weather. In between getting a tan at the beach and enjoying a scrumptious afternoon BBQ with your loved ones, take a moment to remember the importance of performing an annual inspection and sweeping of your wood chimney vent. 

So, why is it so important to schedule your annual inspection and sweep this summer? Read on as we delve into all the benefits. 

Sweep Now, Enjoy Later

Whenever warmer weather approaches, it’s hard to redirect your focus from summer activities to the upcoming fall season. However, it’s always a smart idea to think ahead – and that includes ensuring your wood chimney vent is properly inspected and swept, so it’s ready to roll when colder days stream in.

Why should you sweep your wood appliance? And why should you do it now? 

While it’s easy to put the task off until colder weather arrives, if you delay getting it done until fall, you could run into operational issues when it’s time to light the first fire. Also, our labor rates will be increasing August 1  – be safe and save some money, sweep now! 

From avoiding back-drafting of smoke into the house and potential chimney fires to protecting your health and removing any clogs, prepping your wood appliance in advance of the fall season will ensure it functionals at an optimal level. 

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A scheduled sweep will also look out for any problems that may be lingering – such as unwanted leaks or weakened parts that could threaten the integrity of the structure. 

Industry experts state that you should have your chimney inspected once a year. If you are the proud owner of a wood appliance, your chimney can develop sooty buildup during colder months, leading to potentially hazardous situations if not addressed by a professional.  

Getting your chimney swept before fall arrives is a vital part of ensuring you’ll be able to safely enjoy your wood appliance once the weather gets chilly.

How Does the Sweeping Process Work?

When you make an appointment for an annual sweep at Mountain Home Stove and Fireplace, one of our experts will perform a comprehensive inspection of your appliance.

Our certified professionals will assess the gaskets, liner material, clearances, and the condition of the cap and flashing/masonry cap. During the course of the process, our specialist will explain their findings and perform any repairs that may be needed – with your approval, of course. Any findings will be written up in the event that you wish to wait to have repairs done. 

It’s important to get your chimney swept as soon as you can – not only so you can enjoy the rest of your summer without worrying about the winter, but also because our labor rates will increase after August 1st.

Bookings for annual appointments are filling up fast! Give us a call today to schedule your inspection and sweeping, and you’ll enjoy our special summer prices. We want you to be safe and happy this upcoming fall season and that starts with a clean wood appliance.

Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace staff

Why It’s Important to Sweep Your Chimney and Inspect Your Wood Stove During the Summer

While the weather remains chilly, you still get to enjoy the cozy blaze of your wood stove and fireplace. When summer comes, you’ll be moving your fireside gatherings backyards, of course. Don’t forget to give your indoor fireplace some summertime love! This is the season to sweep your chimneys and wood stoves before getting into seasonal use again.

Let’s talk about how to get your chimney and wood stove ready in the summer for seasonal use. 

Why is sweeping your chimney and inspecting your wood stove so important during the summer?

Sweeping your chimney and taking a careful look at your wood stove or fireplace during the summer in preparation for the colder seasons is important for several reasons. We know that it’s only April, but with our chimney sweeping specials coming this June, you’ll want to start thinking about it now. Avoid waiting in line in the fall and save money too!

The biggest reason you should sweep – prevent chimney fires 

The biggest reason is safety. Sweeping your chimney removes any combustion residues from operating your stove in the low emission mode or low-burn. Over time, a chimney gets clogged with something called creosote – a tar-like substance that forms as a result of burning wood. This becomes very combustible and only a small amount can become flammable. Removing creosote build up is important as a preventive measure, as it protects your home from potential danger that may arise if there are highly combustible products left in the chimney.

By not sweeping, you’re running the risk of a chimney fire. No one wants this to happen, as it can be dangerous and expensive to repair if you even have a house left standing. 

Keep in mind that chimney fires can spread very fast.

What about health problems?

Cleaning the chimney also reduces restrictions in the venting that could reduce the efficiency of your stove or, in the worst case, cause back-drafting of smoke into the house when you feed the fire. If your stove back-drafts, you are breathing in the fumes from the burning wood. This compromises your oxygen supply to the brain, which in the worst case scenario can be fatal. It can also cause nausea, dizziness, fainting, and headaches. 

Prevents Smoke Damage

Another product of inefficient wood burning can be soot. Back-drafting of wood smoke into the room can leave black soot anywhere it goes. Walls, carpet, furniture. All could have permanent stains as a result of not cleaning your chimney. 

Wood Stove Efficiency

When our certified chimney sweep cleans your chimney, he will also inspect the gaskets, lining and internal bits of your stove or fireplace and let you know if something needs to be replaced or repaired. If we don’t stock the necessary materials on our trucks, our service department will provide a prompt estimate of repair cost and material availability. When gaskets degrade, combustion air will come from around the glass or door, causing sooting on the glass and uncontrolled air to the combustion chamber, effectively reducing the efficiency of your wood appliance. Broken bricks, lining or other internal pieces of your appliance also impact the performance of your wood-burning stove or fireplace.

To find out more about chimney and wood stove sweeping, call now and ask! Reserve your appointment for peace and mind before seasonal use. 

Why choose us?

“Whether you are looking for a contemporary gas fireplace or rustic wood stove, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. With over 18 years of experience under my belt, I can confidently guide you in selecting the right fireplace for your home or business.” –Wolf Bennett, Owner

About Us

A family-owned and operated local business, Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace has been keeping the Yampa Valley warm and happy since 2002. Our mission is to be the Steamboat Springs area’s go-to resource for safe, quality products and services, with a personal touch.

Our Location

Address: 2620 S. Copper Frontage Rd Unit 6b, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(Between Kitchen Perfection &
Granite Haus off highway 129/Elk River Rd.)

E-Mail: mountainhomestove@gmail.com

Phone: 970-879-7962


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