Even though winter is still a few months away, it’s never too early to start preparing for the cold days ahead. You should be happy if the fireplace in your home is already winter-ready. However, what about your chimney? Here are some tips for getting your chimney ready for the cold weather.
Inspecting your chimney will ensure that it’s safe to use. If you can, go to the roof and look for obstructions like leaves, nests, or animals at the top of your chimney. At the bottom, inspect soot conditions by scratching the surface with a fireplace poker. For buildup with a tar-like appearance, you need to call a chimney contractor.
Do Some Cleaning
You should also clean your chimney. Go to the roof and scrub the flue from the top. Then, go down to finish brushing whatever you couldn’t reach. Before cleaning, it’s a good idea to cover the fireplace opening with poly sheeting or a canvas tarp to prevent soot from spreading inside your house. If you’re not up for doing the cleaning yourself, you can always get professional help.
Finally, you should use your fireplace responsibly. Remember only to burn wood that has been cut and dried for six to twelve months. Also, you should avoid burning painted or treated wood, crates, and other flammable materials. When building a fire, try to do it slowly by only throwing in more wood as the flame heats up. Finally, never leave a fire unattended.
Ultimately, when your fireplace and chimney are taken care of, you’re already two tasks down in your winter preparations. If you feel unsure, don’t hesitate to ask for help.