Chimney Blog August 2018

Chimney Preparation for Fall/Winter

Posted On: August 20, 2018

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.






Creating a Focal Point by Upgrading Your Chimney

Posted On: August 06, 2018

Decorative Chimney Pots
Most homeowners take their chimney for granted. It is easy to ignore the fact that the chimney can be of the more outstanding features of the home. The only time most people even think of their chimney is when they decide to use their fireplace. However, your chimney not only serves a functional purpose, it can also become the focal point of your home. It can stand as a sentinel, signaling your presence in the neighborhood.

For example, even if it has become necessary to replace your chimney, don’t be content to replace it with a boring, functional piece. Instead, consider selecting a steel or copper chimney cap that will add character to both your chimney and your home.

Another way to create an original exterior appearance is by adding a unique chimney pot. Traditional chimney pots are typically not visibly adorned - they’re designed to be functional and reliable. To increase the authentic visual elements of your property, you have the ability to add a chimney pot that is both useful and unique.

Consider adding an exclusive piece to your home’s exterior. It will serve its original purpose while offering a pleasant visual experience as well.