Preparing Your Chimney for Winter

Winter - Pozzi - Aurora ILWinter weather is often deemed ideal for chimney use. As the weather becomes colder and snow moves in, sitting in front of a warm fire in the comfort of your home becomes more and more appealing. It is important to prepare your fireplace for the winter months ahead and ensure that all safety measures are met before frequent use.

Why Inspect My Chimney?

There are numerous factors that can affect your ability to fully enjoy your chimney. If certain preparations are not made before burning season, it will affect the fireplace’s overall functioning. This could cause disappoint all around when the cold weather hits and everyone is asking for a warm fire to cozy up to.

There are also numerous safety issues in not maintaining a chimney properly. Continue reading to find out what to look for when preparing for winter and why these things are essential in keeping your home and family safe, while enjoying the comfort of your fireplace.

What To Check

Here are some things to look into before the winter months hit.

  • Chimney Cleaning: One of the most important things in chimney maintenance is getting it professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The higher the build-up of soot, creosote, and other hazards, the higher the risk for house fires. These factors also influence the structure of the chimney which will eventually make costly repairs a necessity.
  • Weather Preparations: Chimneys undergo typical wear and tear, especially in areas where the weather changes more dramatically throughout the year. A regular inspection will keep your chimney more resistant to weather fluctuations, making large repairs never needed.
  • Venting: Making sure your venting systems are working properly is also vital to safe and proper chimney use. Without proper venting, your chimney will not function as it should, increasing safety risks and encouraging damage to occur.
  • Replace Old Brick: Now is the time to replace any brick that may be deteriorating in your chimney. If brick is loose or cracked, the heat from the fire will move into to it, causing serious internal damage to your fireplace. It is always best to stay on top of any needed to repairs, especially before a burning season.
  • Chimney Cap: Always check your chimney cap for repairs. If you do not have one, be sure to purchase one before the cold weather sets in. A well-functioning chimney cap will help weather-proof your chimney, decreasing the amount of water entry as well as wear and tear that the winter months often bring . It also aids in keeping out animals, such as birds and squirrels, who often seek out warmer spots in cold weather.

Keeping your fireplace prepared for any type of weather is part of being a responsible homeowner. Also, this time of year would be a great opportunity to let your children join in the chimney inspection and cleaning process, noting the importance of keeping things up to code for Santa’s arrival. A well-run chimney will make a safer and more enjoyable holiday season, so be sure to get yours inspected today!

Pozzi Chimney Sweep is familiar with the cold weather Aurora, IL experiences and can ensure your chimney system is ready to go once the cold weather arrives!

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