.Winter is right around the corner, which means that it is time to get your fireplace ready. Before you start using your fireplace, you need to make sure that everything is ready and safe.
Get The inside of Your Chimney Cleaned
First, you need to contact a chimney sweeping company, such as A & A Chimney Sweep. They will use a high-powered vacuum and brushes to clean the walls of your chimney. These tools will clean the walls of your chimney and will not allow soot and other debris to get into your home.
The chimney cleaner will remove soot, creosote, and glaze from inside of your fireplace. Soot is made when logs do not burn all the way; it is black and has a powdery feel to it. Soot is really flammable and dangerous, so it increases the risk that a fire may start inside of your chimney.
Creosote is the physical left-overs from the smoke and vapor that your fireplace makes as wood burns and is left behind as hard flakes inside of your chimney.
Glaze is the hardest thing to get rid of because it is dense and tar-like.
All of these elements will be removed from your chimney by the chimney sweeper.
Clean Your Fireplace
Next, you need to clean the inside of your fireplace. Vacuum up and remove any remaining ash in the bottom of your fireplace with a shop vacuum. Wash and clean the window on your fireplace. Do not just any chemicals; stick to simple soap. Lastly, dust the outside of your fireplace and clean up around your fireplace.
Check Your Alarms
Finally, you need to check your alarms. You should have a smoke alarm installed near your fireplace and on each level of your home. Check the batteries and make sure that your smoke alarms are working properly.
You should also have a carbon dioxide alarm near your fireplace as well. This will alert you if carbon dioxide is making its way into your home.
You want to make sure that you set up both your smoke alarms and your carbon dioxide alarms before you start a fire in your fireplace.
In order to use your fireplace safely, you need to have a professional chimney sweep clean the inside of your chimney to remove all the soot, creosote, and glaze inside of your chimney. Then, you will need to clean the components of your fireplace that are inside your home. Lastly, check and make sure your fire and smoke alarms are working properly.