You know why it’s important to keep your car serviced and in good running condition. If you run out of gas or let the oil run low, you might just get stuck in the middle of a busy interstate, cars and trucks whizzing by you, late to your appointment or interview. You probably know what to do to keep your car running as well. Keep it filled with gas, have an emergency snow kit in the back, and make sure you get in for regular maintenance and oil changes. That’s easy stuff. Did you know that your chimney also needs regular maintenance and upkeep as well? You may take this part of your home for granted because a chimney seems pretty indestructible. However, there are some things that you need to do to make sure you enjoy the best fire-burning experience you can, and some of those things aren’t that much trouble at all.
Things You Can Do To Keep Your Fireplace In Good Shape
There are some things that you can do to keep your fireplace and chimney in good shape. One of the easiest things to do is to keep it clean! You should be sure to clean out your firebox after every couple of fires or so, and to make sure that the hearth is free from soot, both inside and out of the fireplace. Another thing that you can do is to take a close look at some of the integral parts of your chimney to see that they are in good shape. For example, take a look at the exterior of your chimney. If your chimney cap looks rusted or bent, or if your flashing is loose, you could be experiencing leakage. If this is the case, you’ll want to give The Stove Store a call. Our expert chimney technicians will be able to take care of any chimney repair needs that you may have.
There are also some things you can purchase that can help you keep your fireplace in great shape. For example, you might want to add heat-proof fireplace doors or even a good set of fireplace tools to help keep your fireplace clean.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your fireplace in good shape is also the easiest thing to do, and that’s to give The Stove Store a call and ask us to come in and give your chimney a thorough inspection and cleaning. Whether you have your fireplace inspected annually, as is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or you have missed a year or two, we can take care of anything that needs to be done to get your chimney in tip-top shape.
Keeping your fireplace properly maintained should be a priority, and at The Stove Store, we want to help. For any supplies you may need or any service you need performed, give us a call and let us take care of all your chimney care needs. It makes us happy to keep the residents of Elkton, Maryland safe and sound, so stop by or call soon.