How to Care for Your New Fireplace

Posted on: 5 April 2021

If your new home is in the process of being built, and you've decided to include a fireplace in the plans, don't forget about the after-care. It takes a lot of care to keep your fireplace in tiptop shape. Not sure how to care for a fireplace? Follow the simple tips provided below. 

Ensure Annual Maintenance

If you're going to have a fireplace in your new house, make sure you plan for the annual maintenance. Many fireplace owners postpone the annual maintenance, but that's the worst thing that can be done. In fact, annual maintenance is crucial for your fireplace. Annual maintenance appointments will make sure that your fireplace is free of creosote buildup that can cause serious harm. Annual maintenance appointments will also identify damage that can destroy your fireplace. It's a good idea to use the same chimney service each time you have your fireplace serviced. That way, they can monitor your fireplace for changes. 

Have the Right Equipment

If the plans for your new home include a fireplace, make sure you have the right equipment. You might not think you need fireplace equipment right away, but that's not the case. You should actually equip your fireplace before you enjoy your first fire. Some of the equipment you need includes a toolset, ashcan, and hearth pad. If you plan to enjoy a lot of fires in your fireplace, it's also a good idea to invest in an ash vacuum. An ash vacuum will reduce the risk of ash buildup in your fireplace. 

Check for Storm Damage

If your new home will include a fireplace, be sure to pay attention to local storm activity. You might not realize this, but storms can do considerable damage to your fireplace. This is especially true where wind, ice, and hail storms are concerned. That's why it's so important that you check for damage after each storm. But, you should know what to look for. After storms, you need to check for signs of mortar or flashing damage. After windstorms, you should also check to make sure that the chimney cap is intact. Signs of damage should be repaired as soon as possible. 

Keep the Pests Away

Finally, if you're having a fireplace installed in your new home, you'll need to keep the pests away. There are a variety of pests that can invade your fireplace. Unfortunately, once they're there, they can destroy your chimney from the inside out. To protect your fireplace, keep pests, such as birds, squirrels, and raccoons, out of your chimney. The best way to do that is to install a chimney grate. If you hear animal activity in your chimney, call for removal as soon as possible. 

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