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Why It’s Important to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

Post by : @dmin

10-Feb-2017

Many homeowners know how vital it is to ensure that their fireplace and chimney are winter-ready. But, new homeowners, or those who have just moved into a new home with a fireplace, probably have little to no idea how important it is to guarantee that they are ready to withstand the elements. They also might not know that is equally as important to receive an annual inspection and cleaning to guarantee that the fireplace and chimney function properly.

As a company that performs fireplace repair in Hartford, CT, we are extremely familiar with how brutal Mother Nature can be. So, we do not only suggest that you have one of our chimney professionals come out to you home—we highly recommend it. After all, ignoring your fireplace and chimney may cause a number of problems and, at worst, lead to a fire.

Some things that are important to review before the weather gets colder include the chimney’s interior and exterior, its cap and flue.

You should check its exterior to see if there are any chipped bricks, holes or cracks. Also, make sure that it is not leaning in any new direction. When it comes to its interior, you should check the inside brickwork for wear and tear. You should also take a peek into the smoke chamber to see if there is any soot. In the end, if any of these things are apparent, it is not ready to handle the weather and you should not wait to order repairs.

There is no doubt that having a good cap will reduce damage, and will also prevent pests from entering your home through the chimney.

If you have no idea if there is a cap or not, or that it might be out of place, you need to get one installed immediately. It also will not hurt to have a cap with screen mesh installed. And, if you have no idea where or what the flue is, you need to pick up and call a company now…

In all, there are many things that are important to review, check and inspect in, on and around your chimney.

If you want to 100% guarantee that is ready to last out the winter, and also won’t crumble before your eyes, cause a fire, etc., call a professional a while before you light the first match!

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