If you’re like many people, then you’ve always dreamed of having a fireplace in your home. A fireplace can help you stay warm during those frigid winter nights and can also add to the attractiveness of your home. While owning a fireplace is certainly rewarding, these features also require regular upkeep, which can be difficult for new fireplace owners that don’t know the best way to maintain their fireplace.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain your fireplace so that you can make the most out of this home feature.
Besides helping them stay warm, the main reason people install a fireplace in their home is to improve its appearance. However, like any frequently used piece of equipment, your new fireplace can grow dirty over time, meaning the most important upkeep tip for new fireplace owners is to regularly clean.
For example, if your fireplace has a glass covering, it’s common for the glass to become cloudy. If not addressed quickly, this cloudiness can become permanent. To keep your glass looking its best, you should clean the inside and outside of your covering about once a month.
You also need to be sure that you are regularly cleaning the ashes from your fireplace. During the colder months of the year, your ashes should never be above two inches. In the warmer seasons, there should be no ashes in your fireplace. Regularly cleaning your ashes will keep your new fireplace working great and working the way that you need.
Although actual chimney maintenance should always be handled by a professional, there are still a few things you can do to make sure your chimney works the right way.
First, you need to regularly check the chimney cap. Make sure that it’s in decent condition, and that there is no damage. You should be certain that it’s not clogged by debris like leaves. Second, consider adding a wire screen, which will keep animals from getting into your chimney and attempting to build a nest. Finally, periodically check the mortar of your chimney bricks and your flashing for cracks.
Frequently examining your chimney will help you to know when it’s time to schedule maintenance.
The most important part of fireplace upkeep is having a relationship with a reliable chimney sweep. A certified chimney sweep is an invaluable resource for a new fireplace owner, and can help you easily maintain your fireplace. Your chimney sweep can fully clean your chimney and can also walk you through the inspection process so that you know how to check your fireplace and chimney for damage.
To keep your fireplace working the way you need, you should schedule an appointment with your chimney sweep once every year or after you’ve enjoyed around 80 fires in your fireplace.