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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
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.
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.
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.
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!