There’s nothing better than relaxing in front of a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate on a bitter cold day. Although the St. George Area doesn’t see much snow, we still get low temperatures that are often combated with a warm fireplace.
Before these cold days arrive and you begin to use your fireplace or wood burning stove, have your fireplace/wood burning stove and chimney/stove pipe inspected. You want to make sure they are clean and properly working to prevent smoke and possible fire damage.
Fireplaces should be inspected and/or swept once a year to prevent fire damage and to keep your home safe.
Like your mother always told you, you don’t ever want to play with fire.
To ensure your fireplace or wood stove is working and operating as they should, it is recommended that homeowners get an annual chimney inspection. Fireplace Inspectors can be located on line. The specialist will generally open and adjust your damper, caulk the flashing on the roof if needed, and clean and adjust the fireplace screens and doors. They will also generally check the condition of the chimney, chimney spark arrestor and clean the fire chamber. Most chimney sweep companies will put you on an annual inspection plan once you work with them. During this inspection they will tell you if it’s time to sweep the chimney.