As autumn rolls in, nights are getting colder which means it’s time to hunker down in front of your fireplace or woodstove. As cozy as that sounds, chances are you haven’t paid any attention to your chimney since last winter so there are a few things you have to do before throwing a couple logs on the fire. We have a few tips for you to follow to make sure your chimney is safe and sound for the many fires you’ll want to sit in front of this winter!
Here they are:
- Check it out! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) both recommend a yearly chimney inspection before temperatures drop and you’re back to using your fireplace regularly. An inspection is important as chimneys are exposed to extreme temperatures on the inside and extreme weather conditions on the outside. Both factors leave lots of wear and tear on your chimney. If maintenance does need to be done on your chimney it is best to call sooner rather than later for the inspection, to ensure there is enough time to get the work done before the cold months really set in.
- Clean it up! Just as important as the inspection is a cleaning. The buildup of creosote in your chimney can cause fires or the potential release of toxic gases into your home. The CSIA suggest that chimneys should be cleaned when there is 1/8” or more of creosote built up inside, but if the build-up is nearly at that level it would be wise to get your chimney professionally swept before the winter months set in.
- Cover it up! While getting your inspection, have the crew check the status of your chimney cap. A chimney cap is essential in keeping rain, snow, and sleet out of your chimney and it is important to make sure your chimney cap is in good, working condition before inclement weather hits. Not much deteriorates a chimney quite like moisture.
Before it gets too cold, schedule an appointment to get your chimney inspected and clean to keep your home safe and warm through the winter. Don’t forget to also document your chimney inspection and get familiar with the details regarding the extent of coverage for your homeowners’ policy by talking to one of our team members today!