What To Do With Your Fireplace’s Winter Ashes

Spring is nearly here and, with winter and the holidays officially behind us, many homeowners are shutting down their fireplace to prepare for warmer days and sunny weather. If you know you’re done with your fireplace for the year, one step you should definitely take is removing your fireplace ash. Keep that spring cleaning mode going strong and get your dirty fireplace addressed right away!

The Importance Of Removing Ash

Many wood-burning fireplace owners are well aware that a small layer of ash throughout the burning season can be very beneficial for building future fires. Yet, if you’re not planning on using your fireplace for the next few months, it’s important that you remove any and all of the ash that is sitting in on your fireplace floor.

Ash that just sits over the summer months can draw moisture that will be harmful to your interior system, no matter what type of fireplace you have. Masonry will break down, metal pieces of your chimney will rust, and you’ll notice deterioration and crumbling all throughout your chimney.

Removal & Disposal Of Ash

When you are removing fireplace ash, you should always use the proper equipment. Use a metal scoop and place the ashes in a metal bucket with a raised bottom, secure lid, and a handle. Once the container is full, place it on a non-flammable surface, and leave it there for at least a few days to ensure all embers and coals are properly extinguished, so that you have no chance of facing a house fire.

Once your ash is cool, there are many ways you can put it to use. Many put leftover ash in their garden to enrich their soil and encourage plant growth. On this same note, it is great for keeping pests, like slugs and snails, out of your garden. Others use it for cleaning, whether they’re scrubbing their pet’s fur, cleaning their silver, or removing stains from their pavement. Or sprinkle it on your driveway to lower your risk of slips and falls!

Ash can be very beneficial to your everyday life, just make sure you’re cautious while removing it. When it comes to the safety and well-being of your home and family it’s not worth taking any risks!

Why Not Schedule Your Annual Inspection Right Away?

Once you have your ash cleaned out, why not call us in to get your yearly maintenance done right away? Come fall, you’ll be all set and ready go, while your neighbors and friends are scrambling to get sweepings and repairs done in time for those first cold days. If you call us in now, we can address all any clogs and obstructions, make any necessary repairs, and provide you with a thorough sweeping, so you don’t have to deal with fireplace stink on those hot, muggy days of summer.

Schedule your next appointment with us, then cross one more thing of your spring cleaning checklist. We love serving this community, and we can’t wait to help you out soon!