It may not feel like it right now, but colder weather will soon be here. And every Colorado resident knows that cold weather means fireplace weather. Before you fire up your fireplace for the first time this season, it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order. Use these tips for prepping your fireplace for the cold season.
Get An Inspection And Chimney Cleaning
For homes with wood burning fireplaces, it’s important to get an annual inspection and a thorough cleaning. This will remove any buildup inside your chimney and keep your fires burning safer in your fireplace this coming winter.
During the inspection, it’s also important that you check for damage. This can include cracks in your chimney, mortar that is missing or even bricks that have come loose. If any damage is found, it’s always recommended that you don’t try to repair it yourself. This is especially true when it comes to missing mortar as fireplaces require mortar that is designed to withstand hotter temperatures.
Debris-Free Damper And Chimney Cap
As you look over your fireplace and chimney, be sure to focus on the damper. Remove any debris that prevents it from properly functioning.
In addition, check that your chimney cap is damage free and connected to your chimney. This will prevent squirrels, chipmunks, birds and other animals from getting into the chimney.
Remove Ashes From Inside The Fireplace
Ideally, you should clean out the ashes from your fireplace each time you use it. If you haven’t always kept up on fireplace maintenance, this is your year to get better at it. Start by cleaning out the inside of your fireplace before you use it for the first time this year. Scoop out any ash that is lying in the bottom and as you go forward, make sure there’s no more than an inch of ash resting there.
Prepping your fireplace isn’t just for wood burning fireplaces. Before using your gas fireplace for the first time this year, take time to look it over for potential problems.
First, check for damaged pieces that would cause it to not work properly. Also, look to see that the pilot light is on and ready for use.
Electric fireplaces need a bit of preparation as well. First, inspect all of the wires to ensure that they are in good condition and aren’t frayed. Next, clean and dust your electric fireplace. It’s a good idea to regularly dust or even vacuum your electric fireplace throughout the fall and winter.
Start Prepping Your Fireplace
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