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Prepare Your Chimney for the Winter With These Tips

Post by : dminCMC


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The air is getting cooler and fall is just around the corner. It is the best time to prepare your home for the winters to enjoy the season and its festivities. As the perfect time to cozy up in front of crackling fire approaches us, make sure to get your chimney checked and inspected.

Read ahead for a list of tips that you can use to ensure your family is comfortable for the season!

Store Your Wood

Fireplaces are a great way to heat your home without the burden of electricity bills. Getting the right firewood will give you extra warmth and make your experience safer. It’s best to stock up on quality firewood and store it in a dry place away from your house.

Look for fireplace logs like Pine Mountain StarterLogg or Duraflame. Avoid softwoods or greenwoods like pine produce creosote, which is a hazardous substance that can burn and build up in your chimney. Remember to never burn painted wood as it can produce dangerous fumes and affect your breathing.

Inspect Your Chimney

Chimneys deteriorate and endure damage over the years, which could potentially be hazardous for you and your family. Before winter arrives, inspecting and cleaning your chimney an absolute must. Creative Masonry & Chimney provides services for chimney cleaning, inspection and repairs in Hartford, CT and surrounding areas.

Regular maintenance of your vent will help prevent and control dangerous fires. Approximately 87% of fires are started in confined residential building spaces from chimneys and flue burners.  Debris in the chimney or a buildup of creosote can cause a raging fire putting your family at risk. Remember to call professionals for a detailed inspection and maintenance to prevent any potential threats.

Install Fire Alarms

While it’s imperative to take measures for fire prevention, you must also be prepared to detect the possible signs of a fire starting or poisonous gases in the air of your home. Having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is extremely crucial when you have a fireplace in your home.


Carbon monoxide poisoning silently kills more than 150 people on average per year. A detector will warn you if the deadly gas is detected as it’s odorless and invisible otherwise. Winter is all about bringing your family together for a warm and joyous time. To keep them safe, you must take all safety precautions necessary.

For a happy and joyous holiday with your family, you must make all winter preparations in time. If it’s been over 12 months since your last had your chimney cleaned, you must book our expert services immediately. Dirty chimneys are a high risk that you need to prevent. Creative Masonry & Chimney provide services for fireplace and chimney cleaning, repair, sweeping and more in Canton, CT and other areas in Connecticut. If you’re looking for a professional to help sweep your chimney, get in touch with us.