Colder weather and festive holiday gatherings call for a cozy, crackling fire. Inspect and maintain your fireplace before cold weather arrives, so you can rest easy knowing your chimney and fireplace are in working order.
Contacting a certified professional chimney and fireplace is a best practice when it comes to the care and maintenance of these units.
CHECK YOUR FLUE:
Feel inside the fireplace for drafts while your flue is closed. If you can feel cool air coming through, your flue may require repair or replacement.
KEEP CRITTERS OUT:
Birds and other animals will seek out the warmth and shelter of a chimney as the weather turns colder. Install a chimney cover or cap, with wire mesh to keep the freeloaders out.
PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES:
Creosote can build up inside your chimney and create a fire risk. A chimney sweeping log can treat and reduce the build-up. These logs burn for about 90 minutes and continue to work as you use your fireplace over the next 2 weeks.
“This is not a substitute for a professional cleaning,” said Ace’s Home Expert, Lou Manfredini. “Have a professional chimney sweep inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney every year.”
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