Cozy fall evenings are drawing near, where you spend time on your plush carpet or rich textured area rug and lay down by the fireplace. The last thing you want when lighting your first fire is to inhale a bunch of smoke not escaping due to build up. There are dangers involved if your chimney and fireplace aren’t getting the proper maintenance. Here’s where to start.
Look for build up. Creosote is a dark black substance that surrounds your fireplace opening. It’s generally recommended that this build up be cleaned once a year. If not all of the smoke from the fireplace is traveling up, it could be an indicator of blockage at the flue, or even further up the chimney. The mesh at the top of the chimney, in place to prevent nests and other pests, can get clogged with leaves and other obstructions.
Basically, if you are left questioning the last time you had your fireplace cleaned or hired a chimney sweep, if ever at all, now is the time! Keep you and your home safe this fall and enjoy your relaxed evenings by the hearth!
WandaFears, Realtor ABR CRS GRI WCR
Richmond, Va. Long and Foster Realtors