Bought A Home With A Fireplace? 3 Things You Need To Do

Construction & Contractors Blog

So, you just bought a home and it has a fireplace. This isn't surprising since fireplaces are the number two feature that homeowners look for when buying a new home. However, it is important to know what to do with the fireplace in terms of safety when you have never owned or used a fireplace before. Here are three things new homeowners need to do before using the fireplace:

1. Look to See If There's a Chimney Cap.

To see if your fireplace has a chimney cap, you'll want to look on the roof. If you see a round pipe and nothing else sticking up through the chimney (usually made from bricks), then you don't have one. However, you need one for a number of reasons. Chimney caps help to keep rain from entering your fireplace and home as well as unwanted animals, such as squirrels. These caps can also help keep unpleasant exterior odors from entering your home.

2. Perform a Full Visual Inspection of the Firebox.

The firebox is the part of the fireplace that is designed to hold the actual fire. It is shaped similar to a box and has a significantly large opening at the very top. This opens up to the flue, which is where the exhaust gasses from the fire go in order to move out of the home. Grab a flashlight and have a look all around. Some of the specifics you'll want to look for is any heavy cracking, chunks of mortar falling out and missing bricks. You will also want to look for the damper function and see if it works. It is usually located near the top of the fireplace where the pipe begins. When operating properly, these should open and close with no issues.

3. Schedule an Appointment for a Video Camera Inspection.

As a homeowner, you can only go so far. This is particularly true if you're new to fireplaces and have never owned one before. A professional chimney contractor can come out and perform a full sweep of your chimney with a special video camera. It provides the contractor a live scan of the entire chimney so that it can be determined if there are any issues inside that cannot be seen with the naked eye. In addition, you should have a professional inspection performed every year, as recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) in order to help prevent unnecessary hazards, such as chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Contact a chimney contractor in your area for assistance with any of the aforementioned steps to ensure that your fireplace is safe and ready to go when winter arrives. One company that may be able to meet your needs is Village Fireplace.

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