It’s officially Fall. Time to order those pumpkin spice lattes, pull out the sweaters and cozy up in front of the fireplace. With all the romance surrounding the time we spend in front of the fire, we often over look the potential dangers that come with it. In order to stay warm AND safe, follow these steps to keep your fireplace and chimney safe and ready for colder temperatures.
1) Hire a chimney sweep. At least once a year, have a professional clean out the chimney.
2) Go outside and look at the chimney. Inspect for cracks, misplaced or missing bricks. Get on the roof and make sure the chimney cap is in place and make any repairs if needed.
3) Get a fresh start. Grab the ShopVac and vacuum all of the dust, ashes and cobwebs that have been calling the fireplace home all summer. You will have a clean slate for a new season of fires.
As most of you know, I am a bit obsessed with fireplaces. They come in so many different shapes and sizes. Here are some of my favorites from the past few years of house hunting: