Spring is the time that many homeowners tend to stop using the fireplace. By spring, it’s often warm enough so we do not have to mess with the fireplace and chimney. However, this does not mean we should neglect the essential maintenance of closing out the system properly for the season. What should you do to close out your fireplace? At The Cozy Flame, we know exactly goes into the process of properly closing out your fireplace for season. We are here to help you learn all about it!
Your chimney needs to be cleaned after a season of regular use. With each fire you burn inside your fireplace, creosote and soot are produced and deposited on the interior. These materials can corrode the liner and the masonry, and it can clog your chimney and cause foul odors. Cleaning the system yourself can lead to respiratory issues and a mess in your home. Only a professional has the proper equipment to clean your fireplace and chimney system properly, while keeping your home clean and safe. Another benefit of hiring a certified chimney sweep is that we also can inspect your chimney for damages or issues.
Many chimney sweep companies include a standard level one inspection during a routine sweep. You should talk to the chimney sweep company about what is included in your service appointment, as only an expert can determine what kind of inspection to schedule. If your chimney has worked well all season, you’ll only need a level one inspection. When your chimney system is inspected by a professional, you can rest assured your system is safe and efficient for fall.
Once your system is cleaned and inspected, it’s time to close it out for the season. If you have glass doors on your fireplace, you can close these tightly for the off-season to prevent drafts and loss of conditioned air. However, if there are no fireplace doors, closing the damper can also prevent drafts and keep animals out of the house. If your fireplace is a gas fireplace, stove, or insert, you can close it out by shutting off the pilot light and the gas valve.
If you reside in or around Milford, Connecticut and own a home or business with a fireplace, now is the time to schedule your end-of-season services. At The Cozy Flame, we have great Spring Discounts on routine services such as inspections and sweeps for gas, pellet, and wood fire units. Find out how our services and discounts can benefit you today. Contact a Cozy Flame fireplace expert today at 203-283-4459!