Temperatures are finally dropping, which means fall is among us and winter is even closer.  Many people love hosting their holiday and other family gatherings around a big, warm fire.  However, before you go making sparks and enjoying the flames, make sure that your fireplace and chimney are ready for the pressure.  Thankfully, All American Chimney Service, LLC of Louisville is here to help you prepare to keep your family and your home safe.

Other than your annual cleaning from All American, there are some things you can do to maximize performance.

Other than your annual cleaning from All American, there are some things you can do to maximize performance.

Prefabricated fireplaces require special care different from the standard masonry fireplace.  These types of fireplaces are not meant for large, long-running fires, but for smaller recreational fires.  It is also important to make sure you are caring for your fireplace properly.  If not, pieces of the chimney can actually deteriorate without proper care.

It is recommended that you call a professional technician to come in to sweep and inspect your chimney, because they will notice things you may not realize as a hazard.  Also, they are trained to get the job done without making a huge mess.  Either way, you need to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished, and it is recommended that you not start any fires in the unit for 24 or more hours prior to the cleaning.  Next cover the fireplace and surrounding floor to make sure that the home stays clean when creosotes and other materials break loose from inside of the chimney. Technicians will bring a big machine with them which they will insert into the chimney to help filter debris and reduce them escaping into the home.

There comes a time in a chimneys life when cleaning just will not cut it, leaving the unit in need of being replaced.  If during your inspection you are told about a safety issue, do not use the fireplace until it is fixed. You may be putting your families’ safety at risk, and making your home vulnerable to more If problems are suspected the technicians will probably recommend a Level 2 inspection for added protection.