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A Quick Guide to Maintaining Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Now that the cold weather has returned, we’re sure you’re eager to turn on your fireplace and enjoy the cozy warmth it provides. However, before you do, you need to give it proper maintenance. After all, it’s been left unused for quite a few months.

In order to guide you through this process, ProRestore DKI in Grimes has a few tips that you can put to good use to get your fireplace in top condition again.

How to Maintain Your Fireplace Properly

Check the Inside

First, you need to assess the condition your chimney is in. Get a flashlight and inspect the flue thoroughly. Look for creosote and soot buildup or anything that could be blocking the smoke’s exit (like a bird’s nest or leaves).

Clean Up

Once you know what you’re up against, you need to clean it off! You can enlist a professional chimney sweep for this, but if you want to take on this task, work on deep cleaning the whole flue and getting the dirt off it. Also, check the cap at the top and replace it if necessary.

Be Wary

You need to pay close attention to your fireplace’s functioning. Notice if there’s anything unusual happening while you’re using it (maybe there’s more smoke coming out of it than normal) and address the problem as soon as possible.

Burn the Proper Materials

Hardwoods such as maple and oak can be a better option to burn in your fireplace since they last longer than softer woods (e.g. pine) and don’t leave as much residue, which makes cleaning your fireplace easier.

Employ Additional Safety Measures

If you want to make your fireplace extra safe and more efficient, there are some other methods you can use. For example, you can install a stainless steel chimney liner or use heat-proof glass doors.

Get It Professionally Checked

Needless to say, you should make sure that your chimney is ready to be used to avoid any disasters in your home. This is why it’s a good idea to get an expert team to come and inspect it at least once a year.

For Property Restoration in Grimes…

If a disaster happens in your home, count on ProRestore DKI to get your house back to normal. We have expertise in fire, smoke, water and mold restoration, so don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 846-6505.