2 Things You Should Do Before Santa Comes Down Your Chimney

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Santa will be climbing down your chimney soon. To prevent him from getting injured, there are some things you should check. These things will also keep you and your family safe this winter when you use your fireplace. Keep reading, and you will soon be able to enjoy a warm fire and be ready for the man in the red suit.

Hire a Chimney Sweep

Hire a chimney sweep in your area to come to your home and clean your chimney before you light your first fire. The chimney-sweep company will first tarp off your fireplace to prevent soot from getting inside your home. They will then go up on the roof and use brushes and rods to clean the flue from top to bottom. When the flue is cleaned, they will go into your basement and disconnect the pipe from the flue to the furnace. They will then vacuum a few feet below the connecting pipe and reseal the pipes to the flue when they are finished.

It is important to clean your chimney because creosote will build up inside the chimney if you don't. Creosote looks much like black tar and is highly flammable.

The chimney sweep will also check the chimney structure for damage, such as missing mortar, loose bricks, or cracks. The chimney liner will be checked for any deterioration or cracking.

The chimney sweep will ask you questions to ensure you are using your fireplace correctly. For example, the sweep might ask about wood to make sure you are using the right type.

Check the Chimney Cap

Your chimney should have a cap to keep out animals such as squirrels and birds. It is common for animals to get into the chimney, as it is a warm place for them. This cap also weatherproofs your chimney, keeping water from getting in as well as stopping cold air from entering your home.

A chimney cap also prevents sparks from coming out of your chimney onto your roof, which could cause a fire. There are different types of chimney caps available. You will find them in oval, square, round, or rectangular shapes. The caps attach to the chimney with screws or clamps, and some caps simply slip into the chimney.

The chimney sweeper can go over the different types of chimney caps with you to determine what would work best for your chimney.

Keep the area around your fireplace inside your home clean and make sure you do not have anything that is flammable close to it. Visit sites such as http://www.villagefireplaceandbbq.com to find a fireplace professional near you. 

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