Summer is still in full swing here in the land of 10,000 lakes. But it won’t be too long before cooler weather starts to blow in, blanketing the city in red and gold leaves.

There’s plenty to love about fall from oversized sweaters to pumpkin patch visits. But one of our favorite things at The Construction Group is settling in before a cozy hearth on a crisp autumn evening.

If you love fall fireplace weather as much as we do, it’s important to make sure your fireplace is safe and ready for the season ahead of time. In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about chimney maintenance. Check out these chimney maintenance tips and then give us a call to schedule your chimney service before summer is behind us.

The Importance of Chimney Maintenance

It’s easy to overlook chimney maintenance until that first fireplace weather blows in. But skipping it can be dangerous. That’s why maintaining your chimney is one of the household chores that you can’t risk putting off.

Follow these chimney maintenance tips to keep your family safe when you fire up the hearth:

1.    Schedule a professional chimney inspection.

Many serious chimney problems can be difficult to identify without experience. A professional chimney inspection should be completed before you fire up your chimney for the season each year. An in-depth inspection will include looking for issues like chemical buildup and problems with the flue.

2.    Never leave the fire unattended or on overnight.

During the colder winter months, it can be tempting to do just about anything to stay warm. But leaving a gas fireplace on throughout the night is a risk that’s not worth taking. All fireplaces produce carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can quickly and invisibly fill your home. That’s why it’s important to never leave your fireplace unattended.

3.    Use a chimney cap.

When you’re not using your chimney during the off-season, be sure to use a chimney cap. This prevents animals and debris from getting into your chimney and creating a fire hazard.

4.    Don’t burn newspapers or trash.

Placing any type of trash or newspapers in your fireplace can lead to chemical buildup on the walls of your chimney that creates a fire hazard. Only burn approved wood products in your fireplace.

Twin Cities Chimney Maintenance

Don’t wait until fall to schedule your chimney maintenance services. Contact The Construction Group in Woodbury at 651-731-5857 or contact us online today.