Labor Day has passed, football season has started, school is back in session… fall will be here before we know it! After a long spring and summer of disuse, make sure your fireplace system is ready to use again this winter by having it serviced now!
Get your fireplace ready for winter
Once the beautiful weather and warm temperatures of spring and summer arrive, few homeowners continue to use their fireplaces; because of this, most units have not been used in six months or more. To make sure it is safe, clean, and ready to use for winter homeowners should have their chimney and fireplace swept and inspected.
Having your chimney swept and inspected now is the best way to make sure your fireplace is prepared for use this winter. By having maintenance done at the beginning of the burning season, you can ensure your fireplace is clean, free from blockages, and ready to use in the coming months.
A chimney sweeping by a Chimney Safety Institute of America certified chimney sweep is the best way to keep your fireplace and chimney clean. The CSIA recommends that all homes have their chimney swept at least once per year. No matter what kind of heating appliance you have, its chimney or vent still needs to be swept; wood burning fireplaces, gas units, stoves, inserts, and manufactured fireplaces all need to have their chimneys swept.
During a chimney sweeping, the chimney technician will use brushes, vacuums, and other tools in order to remove any buildup or debris in the flue. While soot and ash are often easy to remove, flammable creosote can be difficult, especially if it has been several years since the chimney has been swept. A naturally occurring byproduct of fuel burning fires, excessive creosote accumulation can lead to chimney fires if it is accidentally ignited. Because creosote can damage the flue liner in addition to causing chimney fires, it is important to remove it annually.
Chimney inspections are another way to ensure your fireplace is safe to use. During an inspection, a certified sweep will check the accessible portions of the interior and exterior fireplace and chimney for signs of damage or deterioration. Often the problems spotted during regular inspections are still so small no performance problems have even started; dampers that have lost their air tight seal, small cracks in the masonry, or damage to the chimney cap are all examples of small problems that only a thorough chimney inspection can spot.
If any problem areas are identified during the chimney inspection, repairs can be recommended and completed as soon as possible. This gets your fireplace back to functioning sooner – and can save you on repairs and upkeep costs in the long run. Finding damage when it is still relatively minor can help prevent major deterioration – and costly repairs.
Regular maintenance can extend the life of your fireplace system, helping it burn safely and efficiently for years to come. This year, make sure your fireplace system is ready to use by having it serviced before winter arrives. To schedule your chimney sweeping or inspection, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.