5 Tips to Prepare Your Fireplace for the Winter

tips-for-preparing-your-fireplace-for-the-winter-grennan-michiganWith summertime winding down and coming to an end, it’s time to prepare your home for the fall and winter.  One way to do this is to make sure that your fireplace is ready to go when it comes time to use it.

Thanks to the good folks at Grennan Construction, here are five tips for properly preparing your fireplace for whatever weather this winter brings you.

Tip #1: Clear any ash. Before the cold winter weather arrives, make sure that your fireplace is clear of any ash.  This can usually be done through the cleanout door, which is usually located on the outside of the house or in the basement.  It can be an extremely dirty job, depending on the last time you used your fireplace and how often you use it.

 

Tip #2: Inspect the chimney flue.  The flue is the duct that allows the smoke, gas and other waste to exit the home.  It is important to make sure that you inspect the chimney flue for any blockage to prevent harmful gas and smoke from flowing back into the home.  Also, creosote can build up in the flue and create a fire hazard, along with bird nests.  If you look up through the flue and cannot see light from above your house, it may be a sign that your flue is blocked and you may need to hire a professional to clear the blockage in the flue.  If you can see light, you will want to simply clean the flue using a chimney brush or hiring professionals to clean your chimney.

 

Tip #3: Check the gas connection.  If you have a gas-burning fireplace, it is important that you have the local gas company come out and inspect your gas connection to your fireplace (along with other gas connections inside your home).  Have them inspect it for any leaks and proper flow of gas.

 

Tip #4: Replace broken or deteriorated brick lining. You will want to check for any broken or deteriorating brick lining.  Cracks in the lining are not a major concern, but if the brick lining is starting to deteriorate to the point that the steel body is exposed, you may permanently damage the structure due to the heat from the flames.

Tip #5: Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Last, but not least, another important part of fire and fireplace safety is making sure to check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working.  Replace the batteries and be sure to test that they’re working properly to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

Fireplaces are a beautiful addition to any home, as they provide both warmth and ambiance for you and your guests over the cold months.  However, it is important that your fireplace is working efficiently and safely.  Following the above tips to prepare your fireplace for this winter will help ensure that your fireplace will be a continue to be a safe source of warmth and enjoyment this winter.  If you are currently looking to install a new chimney, fireplace, roof, siding for your house, windows, drywall, gutters, or insulation in the Oakland County, Michigan area, contact Grennan Construction today for a free consultation.  Also, to find out more about why you should consider Grennan Construction, click here.

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