Schedule Routine Maintenance to Minimize Deadly Risk within Your Home

Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter – what does this mean for your chimney?

This has been one of our mildest winters in recent memory, which can pose the question, “Is my regularly scheduled chimney maintenance still necessary?” Yes! Mild winters, when warm days follow chilly days, can actually present more consequences to your fireplace than when it is frequently used (due to creosote buildup). If you have burned as little as one chord or more of firewood, a cleaning is recommended to minimize your risk of a chimney fire. Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter – what does this mean for your chimney?

So what if spring comes earlier than expected?

If you forgot a gutter cleaning in the fall, spring showers could be problematic – especially if your home is near a tree. Gutters and downspouts that are clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris can lead to improper drainage. Not only can standing water attract pests like mosquitoes and rodents, but the excess overflow can cause costly damage to the foundation of your home and lead to basement floods. We recommend gutter cleanings at least twice a year during the fall and spring.

Gutters dry? You’re not in the clear yet! Your dryer vents could be a hazard

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “More than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.” When a dryer vent becomes clogged with lint and debris, the appliance cannot run efficiently. This excess heat can cause the appliance to burn out or a dangerous and deadly fire to ignite. Signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned and inspected include:

  • Damp clothes after a complete drying cycle
  • Extra hot clothes during/after a dryer cycle
  • Increase in your utility bill
  • Lint on the back of your dryer or nearby wall

Your Home is in Safe Hands with Clean Sweep Maryland on Your Side

At Clean Sweep Maryland, your safety is our #1 priority. We specialize in chimney, gutter, slate, duct and vent cleaning services to keep residential and commercial properties safe and beautiful year-round. Give us a call at 410-558-1111 or schedule an appointment online today!