3 Tips for Preparing a Chimney Inspection From the Expert

Ensuring a Safe Chimney and Fireplace

Sitting by a glowing and softly crackling fireplace is the perfect way to relax and get cozy in your home. One of the final things you want to think about as you curl up near the fireplace is ventilation issues or the potential for dangerous chimney fires. A routine chimney inspection can ensure your chimney and fireplace are safe to use. If you are preparing for a chimney sweep, you may want to consider these steps.

Make Sure Your Fireplace Is Cool

The first step you will want to do is to get your fireplace ready for the chimney sweep, meaning you should avoid using the fireplace for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours before your inspection. Your fireplace and chimney need to be cool to the touch, so the chimney sweep can perform their job without incident. If the fireplace is not cool, the chimney sweep can’t provide a thorough inspection and cleaning.

Clear the Mantle and Firebox

To prepare for a chimney inspection, you will also want to remove any decorations or items from the top of the mantle, as your cleaner might accidentally knock them over during the inspection and cleaning. If there are any logs or ash in the firebox, you can remove these once you have let them completely cool down.

Protect Nearby Furniture

While the chimney sweep will try to be as careful and clean as possible, there is still a chance that ash or debris may come out of the chimney or firebox. If you have nearby furniture or decorations on the floor, you may want to consider moving these items to another room or safe area. If the furniture is very large or immovable, you can drape a protective sheet or plastic covering on it.

If you want to make sure that your chimney is in good condition, ask for the assistance of professionals such as Flathead Chimney and Dryer Vent Cleaning Services. I offer chimney inspection in Coram, MT and other areas, so if you live in the area and you need my help, contact me at (406) 249-5732 right away!