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Cleaning Your Fireplace
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Taking proper care of your fireplace is crucial. Homeowners need to
understand their fireplace and chimney in order to keep it safe,
clean and working efficiently. The most critical component of any
fireplace is the chimney. This is where heat, smoke, and exhaust
escape, leading to deposits of creosote and other forms of debris.
The chimney should be cleaned professionally at least once a year to
ensure that the creosote build up is removed. Not only does a build
up of creosote create an unsafe and inefficient fireplace, but it
often leads to an unfriendly odor as well. This is especially true
during summers. Spring is the best time to have your fireplace
cleaned out, preparing you for a warm, odor free, safe winter.
Gas fireplaces should also be checked and cleaned annually. It is
common for small animals to find their way into your chimney. Modern
flues are equipped with caps and mesh wire to prevent unwanted
outside debris from entering into your home. If your fireplace is
older, consider upgrading to a newer style flue. If your fireplace
does contain a flue cap and wire mesh, make sure the cap is in the
proper place and the wire mesh is cleaned. A service professional
will check for these things during a chimney sweep.