Winter is coming, but there is still time to prepare your fireplace this fall. With a few short weeks before holiday get-togethers, and less than 100 days until your chimney should be Santa-ready, it’s time to think about fireplace maintenance.
What You Can Do For Your Fireplace This Fall
Schedule a Chimney Sweep:
Your fireplace will work best when it is cleaned of soot, creosote, ashes, and any debris from the past burning season as well as spring and summer. Call Northwest Fireplace and Chimney for your chimney sweep so that you know the job is done, and done well. We will leave no mess behind, start and finish with the utmost professionalism, and your chimney system will be fire-ready when we are finished.
Schedule an Annual Inspection:
If you haven’t yet had a chimney inspection during the calendar year, now is the time to schedule it. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) agree that annual inspections keep chimneys safe and efficient. You can schedule an inspection now, and it can prevent devastating winter damage, fire, and more this winter.
Waterproof Your Chimney:
Protect your masonry this winter, by scheduling waterproofing services. This easy application can be completed in one service appointment, but can continue to save you money month after month, year after year, through harsh winters, wet springs, and humid summers–for TEN years! Water can destroy your masonry from the inside out, but Northwest Fireplace and Chimney can apply a vapor permeable water repellent from ChimneySaver that protects against:
- Efflorescence and staining
- Mildew and fungus growth
- Freeze/thaw cycle and masonry damage
- Spalling and Scaling
- Cracks and holes.
Make Changes Now:
If you’re looking to have a screen replaced, new doors installed, or make any minor or major change, get started now. Chimney professionals are busy during the time between October and January. It is possible to get an appointment during this time, called “the fall rush”, but it may be that you won’t get the appointment time desired, or have to wait for services. When changes are made to your chimney system, you will need an inspection to insure that the system is ready for a safe fire. Keep this in mind as you are making plans and getting ready for winter.
As you prepare for burn season, it is easy to get your fireplace and chimney ready when you hire a professional. Northwest Fireplace and Chimney can handle all of your comprehensive chimney care. You just need to make sure you have properly seasoned wood on hand for cool weather, and that your family has brushed up on fireplace safety. It is our goal that all of our customers have a safe and warm fall and winter. Safety starts with your fireplace. Call Northwest Fireplace and Chimney today at (219) 413-2349.