Simple tips on how clean and maintain your fireplace and chimneys.
During winter, my family and I love to gather around the fireplace during cold nights while sipping a mug of hot chocolate.
I want to keep making memories like this one before all my kids start moving out of the house, that’s why I make sure that our fireplace and chimney are clean and in good condition all the time.
Don’t be intimidated with the task of cleaning and maintaining your fireplace and chimney. It’s simple and very easy DIY. Just follow these tips I’m sharing with you:
Don’t forget to put on a respirator before you start cleaning your fireplace and chimney. This is a safety precaution that even other people inside the house should take, because creosote dust found in the chimney is dangerous for everyone’s health.
Not only is it dangerous for humans, it is also dangerous for creosote to accumulate on the chimney’s ventilation. You see, the venting portion of the chimney is designed to contain hot gases, but not for hot combustion. Hence, when a combustible material like creosote overheats and catches fire- it will cause serious damage to your chimney.
The next step is to place a drop cloth, place lights, a vacuum, as well as cleaning tools and brushes at the foot of your fireplace. Keep these items within arms-reach, so you won’t have any difficulty finding the tools you want while inspecting and cleaning your chimney and fireplace.
The first stop of your inspection is the bricks. There are 2 bricks commonly used when constructing chimneys: regular bricks and fire bricks. Fire bricks can withstand high heat, so if your chimney is made from this material, you won’t experience difficulty when cleaning your chimney.
Regular bricks, on the other hand, can’t tolerate high temperatures. They usually crack after a few years of service, while the mortar surrounding it crumbles. You can remedy crumbling mortar through chiseling
out the old mortar and replacing it with high-temperature cement.
The exteriors of the chimney should also be checked for obstructions and wear.
Grab the stiff brush and turn on the vacuum. Professionals usually brush the fireplace and chimney walls with the stiff brush, then let the vacuum suck up all the dust. Clean every corner of the chimney thoroughly, since creosote dust easily accumulates in these areas.
Since you are already cleaning the interiors of the chimney, check if the damper is in the correct position. When the damper is correctly placed, you can be sure of energy conservation and fireplace safety.
Taking care of your chimney
Make sure that your chimney has a chimney cap to keep animals, rainwater, leaves and debris out of your chimney. You don’t want to light up your chimney one night and then be surprised by weird items suddenly burning in your chimney.
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