Four Things to Do for Your Fireplace & Chimney at the End of Heating Season
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  • Four Things to Do for Your Fireplace and Chimney at the End of the Heating Season

    Four Things to Do for Your Fireplace and Chimney at the End of the Heating Season

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    As the ground begins to thaw and signs of spring start to show, we begin to feel renewed by the warmer weather on the horizon.  Soon enough, we can turn down the heat and open the windows.  As the outside temperatures begin to rise, there are some steps to take to ensure your fireplace and chimney are protected and in good working order for next season.

    Clean out the inside

    Removing old embers or logs and dusting off any soot or ash deposits that have accumulated will make it easier to open the fireplace the next winter.  Consider hiring a chimney sweep, like Lindemann Chimney, that can inspect the inside of your chimney and remove any soot and creosote that has gathered.  A chimney sweep can also inspect for cracks or leaks that leave your fireplace vulnerable to water leakage during the rainy spring months.

    Check and clean the glass doors

    When cleaning the film that may have developed on the inside of the doors, make sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner. Inspect the doors for cracks or chips.  The doors help contain the flow of gases when the fireplace is in use. In order to operate properly, the doors should not have any flaws that would allow a leak.  The doors should also close snuggly.  If you notice the doors have any issues, a good time to have them repaired or replaced is in the warmer months when the fireplace isn’t in use.

    Shut the damper on wood-burning fireplaces

    Once the fireplace is not used for several months, close the fireplace damper near the firebox.  The damper allows air and odors to flow in and out of the house.  While necessary to keep it open when the fireplace is in use, closing it when your fireplace is on an extended break is wise.

    Turn off the pilot light for gas-burning fireplaces

    The pilot light remains constantly lit when the fireplace unit is connected.  Because the pilot light uses energy to remain lit, don’t waste money and energy by keeping it burning when your fireplace isn’t in use.

    Taking these steps in the springtime will protect you from being left out in the cold when temperatures fall again.  You can enjoy the warmer months ahead knowing your fireplace is prepped and ready to glow next winter!

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