You need your chimney during winter more than any other time. To get the most from it during this time you need to prepare it. To help you out, here are some of the ways of doing so:
Clean the chimney
If you haven’t cleaned your chimney since the last season, now is the time to do it. One of the things that you should do is to remove all the ash that is in the chimney. You should remove the ash from the cleanout door located on the outside of the house or in the basement. In addition to the ash, you should also remove creosote that might have accumulated in the chimney. For ideal results, use the services of a chimney sweeping professional.
Inspect the chimney for blockages and faulty parts
In addition to cleaning it, you should also inspect the chimney structure for loose bricks, cracks, and missing mortar. It’s also recommended that you inspect the chimney liners for cracks and deterioration. The damper plays a vital role in regulating the amount of air and temperature of the fire. You should ensure that the damper opens, seals, and closes properly. The damper should also move easily and be free of ash and debris. If the damper has problems you should ask a professional chimney company to inspect and fix it. If it’s dirty, you should clean it using a stiff bristle brush while focusing on the edges.
Pay attention to your gas fireplace
A gas fireplace is loved by many as it’s easy to use. Unlike the wooden fireplace that requires you to first prepare firewood in order to start a fire, the gas fireplace works almost immediately. All you need to do is press a button and the fire starts. While the fireplace is highly convenient, it sometimes fails to work properly thus releasing harmful carbon monoxide to your home.
Gas fireplaces are also risky as they tend to easily start a fire. To protect yourself and your loved ones, you should inspect the fireplace. You should inspect the glass plate and ensure that there are no cracks. You should also take a look at the glass door and ensure that it seals and latches properly. Chimney inspection professionals recommend that you pay close attention to the vent system and confirm if it has cracks, blockages, or other problems. In the event of any problem, ask a chimney contractor to fix it.