Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Summertime Fireplace Maintenance Tips

Summertime is a great time to do deep-down house and yard cleaning. Gardening, cleaning windows, outdoor paint touch-ups – this is the time to get your house, yard, and outbuildings in tip-top shape. One area that Summer Tips for Fireplace Maintenance - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney Sweep-w800-h800you don’t want to overlook is your fireplace and chimney inspection, cleaning, and maintenance. After a long winter of using your fireplace, a thorough cleaning is exactly what is needed to ensure that you can continue to use your fireplace safely.

As you use your fireplace, the chimney is used to expel the byproducts produced by burning wood. According to Chimney Safety Institute of America, over time these byproducts, which include water, gasses, tar fog, and hydrocarbons, can build up in your chimney, causing a layer of creosote to coat the interior. This can lead to a dangerous blockage of your chimney. If this blockage is left unchecked, the toxic gasses that form will be forced back into your home, and dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up. This build-up is also highly combustible, which means that you could be facing a fire in your chimney.

Summertime Maintenance

There are several things that you can do to insure that your fireplace is safe and ready to go for wintertime use. Make sure that you have a store of dry, seasoned wood to burn in your fireplace. Summertime is a great time to renew your supply of firewood so that you’ll be ready for the cool fall days that follow.
Take time in the summer to make sure that your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Also, make sure that you continue to do monthly checks on your smoke detectors throughout the summer, and change batteries as necessary.

Most importantly, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned at least once a year. It is especially important that the chimney professionals you hire for this be CSIA certified, such as those at Pozzi
Chimney Sweeps.

There are three levels of chimney inspections that can take place, ranging from a cursory inspection to actual demolition of your chimney in order to get inside a chimney wall to check clearances. Your chimney service technician will be able tell you what level of inspection you need.

After having your chimney inspected and cleaned, ask your professional technician to cap your chimney to prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from landing in your chimney. These items can also build up, causing fires or blockages.

Chimney Maintenance and Care

The Family Handyman states that “[Y]ou could try to remove creosote yourself, but for a thorough job, call a chimney sweep who’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Make sure the sweep you hire does more than just push a brush.” The professionals at Pozzi Chimney Sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, and are proud members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and the Better Business Bureau. They are highly qualified to meet all your chimney needs.