Preparing Your Fireplace for Winter

While enjoying autumn in New England it’s important to take the time to prepare for winter. One of the important seasonal tasks for a homeowner is to ensure that their fireplace is ready to be used safely on those chilly days.

Contact Diamond Hill Builders in Stratham, New Hampshire to inspect your chimney. Creosote buildup in your chimney from previous winter use can cause dangerous and potentially fatal carbon monoxide fumes as well as chimney fires. It is also possible for birds or other animals to have nested in your chimney over the summer.

Ask your chimney inspector to check for any cracks or loose mortar in or on your chimney. Make sure your damper opens and closes easily. It should be kept closed when the fireplace is not in use so as to avoid energy loss. The damper should be opened when you start a fire and only closed when the fire is completely out. Clean out your fireplace as well as your fireplace tools. The metal container you use for ashes should have a well fitting cover and be free of rust or corrosion. Check your fireplace screens and doors for any damage and have them replaced or repaired. This is important for everyone but especially so in homes with children or pets.

Here at Diamond Hill Builders we provide a complete range of chimney inspection services to assure your home is both warm and safe for you and your family. Please contact us to help you prepare your fireplace for enjoyment all winter long.

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