Fall has officially started! Once again, we can enjoy the warmth of our picturesque fireplaces. However, before lighting that first piece of tinder and cuddling with a special someone, there are a few steps you should take to ensure you and yours will be able to enjoy your fireplace all the way through spring. Your chimney’s health is vitally important, and without checking up on it, you could risk a full chimney replacement.
What Do You Need To Do For Your Chimney?
- Chimney Inspection – Have your local roofing company perform your inspection. While you may be able to do this yourself, it is much safer to have a trained professional complete the inspection. In fact, your roofer may even be able to take care of any issues he sees while inspecting.
- Cleaning – Once your chimney has been inspected, it is time to clean! Your roofer may be able to do this as well, or you may need to call a chimney sweep. To avoid both of these, you can clean it yourself! You can find most cleaning supplies like rods, brushes, and even protection for yourself at your local hardware store.
- Check Your Fuel – You’re almost done! To make a fire you need fuel. However, ensure you are using the correct fuel in the first place. When the seasonal shift happens, stores start to stock the quick light logs or campfire starter logs. These are not the best for your fire place. You want to use seasoned wood only to reduce the build up of creosote.
- Prep Your Fire Correctly – Open your damper, arrange your kindling, tinder and fuel appropriately, and warm up your flue to get great airflow.
With these four tips, you will be good to go to enjoy your fireplace as well as be safe! They are very simple and easy, and will keep your fireplace and chimney healthy for the long haul. If you need a chimney inspection, give us a call today at !