So, is YOUR Fireplace Safe? It’s essential to ensure it is before trying to light a fire!
How DO you keep your fireplace safe? A good start is with your eyes. With regular visual inspections both inside your home and out, you’ll make sure your fireplace is in good shape for the burning season.
Checking From the Outside
Examine the chimney to make sure a chimney cap is present and in good condition (without cracks and prop[erly attached). The metal cap keeps animals, rain, and snow out of the chimney, while acting as a spark arrester that prevents hot embers from landing on your roof.
If you have a multi-story home or a steep roof, play it safe and try using a pair of binoculars to check the chimney cap from the ground.
While you’re at it, make sure:
- There’s no bird nest or debris buildup on the cap.
- There are no tree limbs above or near the chimney.
- The mortar and bricks on the chimney aren’t crumbling or missing.
- The chimney rises at least 2 feet above where it exits the roof.
- The chimney crown — the sloping cement shoulders at the top of the chimney — is beveled, which helps air flow.
- The flue liner is visible above the chimney crown.
- The chimney is plumb and not leaning to one side or the other.
- The roof flashing (if any) is tight against the chimney.
If you spot anything just not quite right, call a licensed chimney professional to come correct the problem (817-791-4606)
Looking Inside Your Home
With a flashlight, inspect the flue damper to make sure it opens, closes, and seals properly like it should.
If the damper doesn’t seal well, you could lose a tremendous amount of heat from the home when the fireplace is not in use. With the damper open, check the flue for combustible material such as animal nests or other foreign objects. You should be able to see daylight at the top.
Inspect the fireplace surround, hearth, and firebox to make sure there are no cracked bricks or missing mortar. Damage inside the firebox is serious — so have a CSIA Certified professional check it for you: 817-791-4606. Also, check for obvious signs of moisture inside the firebox, which could mean a faulty cap.
Playing it safe, can mean the difference between an enjoyable experience, OR one that you may never forget in a bad way!
If we can help with anything, don’t hesitate to contact us!