While it is not the most pleasant job, cleaning your fireplace is so important. You should just be sure that you wear old clothes, including a hat, so that you don’t ruin nice clothes. You should also be sure to wear safety goggles and a dust mask to ensure your safety. When inspecting your chimney, there are a number of specific things to look for and we are here to help.
Prioritize your inspection by looking first for cracks and loosening joints. In this inspection, you may also check for damaged bricks and mortar, specifically in a masonry fireplace. Refractory cement can be used to make minor repairs and is designed to withstand the heat of a fireplace.
You should also inspect your chimney’s damper. Open it completely and inspect it to make sure that it moves freely and that there are no cracks in the metal. If it needs repair, be sure to hire a professional, as this is not a do-it-yourself type of job.
You should also ensure that your chimney is free of leaves and other debris that could find its way in. You may also need to remove nests of birds or squirrels, as chimneys are a great place for them to nest.
Looking from the outside is another great way to spot places that need repair. You can, again, check for animal nests, while also checking that the mortar and bricks are not deteriorating. You should also ensure that there are no tree limbs near the chimney.
If you believe that your chimney may need repairs or replacements, and you feel as though you are not qualified to make the repairs, contact a professional. Professionals are trained to be able to help you repair just about anything that needs repairing or they can advise you on whether your chimney may need to be completely replaced.
It is important that you inspect your chimney at least once a year to ensure that it is not deteriorating and that it is safe for your family.
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