New Home Owners: Fireplace Tips

So you just bought a new home – and it has a fireplace in it! You’re looking forward to sitting in front of a fire roasting marshmallows in the fall and snuggling up in the warmth of a crackling fire on those cold winter nights. But before you lose yourself in those dreams, there are some tips you need to be aware of.

Water Damage

Be sure to check the exterior of your chimney for soft or crumbling mortar or flaking, peeling or cracking of the bricks. If these signs are present, it is possible that water damage is present. It’s important to take care of any damage that occurs as soon as possible so that more impairment doesn’t take place. If left unchecked, you could be in for extensive rebuild and repair work.

Chimney Caps

Check to see that you have a chimney cap that is in a good state of repair. A chimney cap is important to keep sparks from escaping from your chimney. Sparks that aren’t contained in your chimney can land on your roof or your yard and cause a fire. Another important purpose of a chimney cap is that it keeps outside elements such as birds, leaves, or twigs from entering your chimney and causing blockages that can block air flow out of your chimney. It will also keep precipitation out of your chimney. According to CSIA, “[C]himney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.”

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Make sure that you properly clean out the ashes after using your fireplace. If you don’t clean out your fireplace on a regular basis, an unpleasant odor can occur. Home Guides website that, at least four days after having a fire, you use a stiff brush to reach into the interior of your chimney to loosen any ashes that may be clinging there. Use the same brush to sweep the ashes that fall into a dustpan and then into a garbage bag. Take this bag out to the trash right away to avoid spilling those ashes.

Yearly Inspections and Cleaning

Most importantly, be sure to schedule yearly inspections and cleanings to maintain optimum benefits from your fireplace. When choosing a chimney sweep, remember to look for a company that has Chimney Safety Institute of America certified employees. CSIA certification is recognized as the gold standard in the chimney industry, and the chimney sweeps at Pozzi Chimney Sweep, Inc. are highly qualified and CSIA certified. With Pozzi, you are sure of getting great service at a fair price.


Once an inspector has given your chimney a thorough inspection and cleaning, you may want to consider having your chimney waterproofed. If you choose this route, be sure to choose a qualified service, such as Pozzi Chimney Sweep, to perform this service. CSIA stresses the importance of using a product that will waterproof the exterior of your chimney while allowing the vapors that form from using your fireplace to escape. Pozzi Chimney Sweep uses ChimneySaver’s Water Repellant, a product that is designed especially for chimneys and is 100% vapor permeable, allowing water vapors to pass through bricks while protecting your chimney from leaks.

Following these tips will help you turn those dreams of s’mores and snuggling into reality!