Prepare Your Fireplace for Colder Weather

By Acme Homes 9-26-2023

Snohomish residents are starting to feel that nip in the air. The cool, crisp mornings, the chill evenings. Now is the perfect time to start preparing your fireplace for Winter before it arrives. Here’s how to do just that.

Clean the Fireplace

Before you start using your fireplace, clean out any ashes, soot, or debris left from previous use. Use a fireplace shovel and brush to remove ashes and consider having your chimney professionally cleaned to remove creosote buildup, which can be a fire hazard.

Inspect the Chimney and Flue

Examine the chimney and flue for any visible damage, cracks, or blockages. If you notice any issues, contact a professional chimney sweep for an inspection and necessary repairs. Ensure that the damper, which controls airflow, is functioning correctly.

Gas Fireplace Inspection

If you have a gas fireplace, schedule an annual inspection by a qualified technician to check for leaks, clean the burner and logs, and ensure all components are functioning correctly. Replace any faulty parts promptly.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Before lighting your fireplace, make sure your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace batteries if necessary.

Arrange Furniture

You may have moved items around during the off seasons, but before you start to use your fireplace, it is important to clear the vicinity of any flammable items. Rearrange furniture and other flammable items to ensure they are at a safe distance from the fireplace. Keep a clear area around the hearth.

Gather Fire-starting Supplies

Gather fire-starting supplies like kindling, newspaper, and fire starters. Ensure they are easily accessible when you're ready to light a fire.

Practice Safe Burning

When using your fireplace, follow safe burning practices. Don't overload the fireplace with wood, and never leave a fire unattended. Use a fireplace screen to prevent embers from escaping.

And that’s really all that there is to it! Clean it, inspect it, and supply it. If you follow these simple tips, you will be ready to enjoy many cozy and warm nights in your Acme Home.