Spring is the time of year we roll up our sleeves and get to work deep cleaning our homes.  Our houses have been closed up all winter long, and we can finely open up the windows, let in fresh air, and enjoy the warm temperatures.

Typically a spring clean takes into our account windows, basements, garages, and more.  But, did you know it is also a great time to clean your chimney?   Most people wait until the fall to clean their fireplace.  This means companies are booked out for weeks when the temperatures fall.  By having the process completed in the spring, you’ll be ready for the first cold night to sit and enjoy the comfort of a roaring fire.

The main reason you need to clean your chimney with the help of a professional company is to prevent a chimney fire.  Look for a reputable company in the area and be prepared.  With a little bit of knowledge, you’ll find a company that is right for you.

At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we have experience with the aftermath of chimney fires.  When you hire a professional chimney cleaning company, here are some things to ask.  Doing so, will hopefully prevent a fire from breaking out when you are sitting back relaxing in front of your cozy fire.

    1. What is included in your estimate?
      Understand whether or not it is a flat fee or an hourly one.  Until the inspector is able to see the inside of your chimney, he or she won’t know how long it will take to clean.  Creosote build-up, birds’ nests and other blockages may increase the cost.
    2. Does the cost include the inspection of the chimney?
      The best companies provide this service as well as a cleaning service to ensure that the chimney is in the best condition it can be for a fire.
    3. What certifications does the company hold?
      It is not necessary to be certified, but it does offer peace of mind that the job is preformed to the level required by reputable institutions.
    4. What is needed to prepare for the clean?
      Take the time to understand how the company will clean your chimney.  Some work from the top down and others from the bottom up.  Find out what steps you can take to protect your home so soot and dust are minimal on your belongings.
    5. Based on our fireplace use, how often should I have my chimney cleaned?
      How often your chimney requires a professional cleaning is determined by how often you have fires.  Creosote can build up over time; the more fires you have, the more build-up you’ll have.

If you do experience the unfortunate situation of your chimney catching on fire, know that your property will be in good hands with LaPointe.  We’ll clean up the soot and water once the fire has been put out and restore your belongings and home to the condition it was.  Our Fire Damage Restoration services are trusted throughout the Northeast to respond to emergencies 24/7.  Call our team at 978-447-5991 or learn more about our Fire Damage Restoration solutions on our Facebook page at