Actionable Advice from the Experts:
Industry Leaders in Masonry, Chimney Sweeping, and Home Improvement:
Here at Davis Brothers, we offer chimney sweep, masonry, and home improvement services to all residents across the Atlantic County region. Our knowledgeable team has a great reputation, combining experience and knowledge and applying this to all jobs involving Atlantic County masonry.
Keeping your Fireplace Clean:
Over the years, we have worked on hundreds of fireplaces for our clients. That’s why we’ve decided to pool our expert knowledge and give our readers some actionable spring cleaning tips.
Call in the Experts at Least Once a Year
If you own a wood-burning fireplace, you should have your fireplace inspected at least once a year by a professional. By thoroughly sweeping your chimney, they will clear up any build up of creosote that may be putting you and your family at risk of fire and exposure to toxic fumes.
Remove Ash Regularly:
Keep your eye on wood ashes and remove them when they begin to smell or they get in the way or building a fire. Simply use a shovel to collect the ashes and place them in a bag to throw them in the trash. If your fireplace uses an ash dump, push all the ash through the metal plate in the floor of your fireplace. Then, use a vacuum to clean up the remaining ashes around the fireplace. Try and wait for 72 since your last fire to start any ash cleanup to avoid dealing with hot ashes.
Take Steps to Keep Animals Out:
Your fireplace is directly connected to the great outdoors via your chimney. This makes it a perfect entrance for animals that may want a warm place to rest in the winter months. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure that your chimney cap is in full working order, with mesh in place to work as a barrier against unwanted guests.
Clean the Area Surrounding Your Fireplace:
Check the area that surrounds your fireplace and make sure that all of the brickwork is chip and crack free. Clear away any flammable or combustible objects from the fireplace and consider using a fire screen to keep the area safe. If you have a fire extinguisher stored near the fireplace, check that it hasn’t been kept past its expiry date, if it has, it will need replacing.