Chimney Blog August 2016

Chimney Preperation for Fall/Winter

Posted On: August 18, 2016

Preparing Your Fireplace and Chimney For Fall and Winter Use

Your fireplace is a crucial part of your home in the fall and winter. It creates a comfortably warm and inviting area of your home and can help you save money on your home heating bill. Even though the cold months are still a bit away, they will be here before you know it. Taking a few measures now will have your fireplace and chimney ready to use when that first cold snap arrives.

Clean Your Chimney

Having your chimney cleaned before the fall ensures that you will beat the rush. You can get an appointment to have the process completed around your busy schedule, rather than having to take one of the limited time-frames that are left once fall does arrive. This cleaning removes the debris and buildup that could otherwise cause a dangerous chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning that could quietly fill your home.

Have Your Chimney Inspected

Your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements. Over time, it can incur damages, such as cracks or a broken damper. Having the chimney inspected and any damages repaired helps to keep water (from rain or melting snow), cold and uninvited guests out.

Invest in a Chimney Cap

A chimney cap is a cover for your chimney. It has a solid top and mesh sides. It helps to keep out rain, debris, and small animals that might otherwise make your chimney their new home.

Prepare The Area Around Your Fireplace

Your fireplace needs some special attention as well. Make sure old ash is removed. Then make sure the area around your fireplace is safe. Make sure anything that could potentially catch fire - furniture or your curtains - are a safe distance, about eighteen inches, away. Another way to prevent fires inside your home is to use a metal mesh screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks from jumping out. There's something cozy about a fire burning in a fireplace. Preparing it now for when the cold months finally do arrive will ensure that you have a safe space to create an inviting atmosphere and allow you to enjoy your fireplace all winter long.






How to Prevent Small Animals from Invading Your Chimney

Posted On: August 10, 2016

How to Prevent Small Animals from Invading Your Chimney

Your fireplace creates a wonderfully warm and cozy environment during the cold months and allows you to save money on your gas bill.  This warmth is also inviting to the small animals that live outside.  It draws them to your chimney, and after your fire has finished burning they are likely to crawl inside.  You want to keep these animals out and prevent them from making your chimney their new home, but how?

Clean Chimney

One way to prevent your chimney from becoming the home to small animals is to have it cleaned in the spring, after the last of the cold is gone and you don't need to use it until the next winter.  Cleaning out the debris gives animals nothing to use to create a new home.

Shut Flue After Each Use

The lingering warmth from your now extinguished fire is very inviting to cold birds and rodents in the winter.  An open flue gives them access to get into your chimney and hunker down for the night.  The next time you go to light a fire, any nesting material that might be in your chimney becomes a dangerous fire hazard.  Be sure to close your flue after every fire you light.

Chimney Cap

Possibly one of the best ways to keep small birds and other animals out of your chimney is by investing in a chimney cap.  A chimney cap is just that - a cover that goes over the opening of your chimney.  It is made of either stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper or aluminum.  The top is solid and raised up slightly above the opening.  The sides are mesh, with small holes to keep even small critters out.

Keeping small animals out of your chimney is important to the safety of both the creatures and your home.  By keeping your chimney clean and the opening sealed off, you can prevent these small animals from getting in and causing any damage.