Everybody’s favorite time of year is here…Spring Cleaning! It’s time to head outside and close up your fireplace for the season. But there are a few things you should take care of before heading to the great outdoors. Read our spring cleaning tips to keep your chimney in tip top shape after the long winter, and in working order for the upcoming Fall!
Check For Animals And Nests
Small animals may have made a home in your chimney as they escaped the cold. Remove any nests or debris from trees to avoid blockages and eliminate possible causes of damage.
Check for Creosote and Soot Buildup
Creosote is formed every time you use your fireplace. We’ve explained the dangers of creosote buildup before. So it is important to check for this build-up and remove it before shutting up shop for the Summer.
Have Your Chimney Cleaned By A Professional
A chimney inspection as well as a professional cleaning should be completed to remove any buildup that has accumulated over the Winter. This will keep your fireplace working safely, effectively, and efficiently.
Other Spring Cleaning Tasks
Be sure to look over your chimney cap to make sure it fits securely and is free from obstructions or debris. Your chimney crown should also be checked for cracks, which will allow water to seep in and cause damage. Small cracks may have appeared on the exterior of your chimney, which can be covered with special sealant. Large cracks are detrimental and will need to be handled by a professional. Lastly, be sure to check that your damper fully opens and closes, and that your firebox is free from cracks and rust.
Spring is the perfect time to take care of your annual fireplace and chimney inspection. If you notice any signs of damage during your cleaning and inspection, contact our qualified team of professionals as soon as possible.
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