Fire

Fireplaces: Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair

Fireplaces are commonplace in many St. Louis homes. They’re a great thing to have, whether you are enjoying the energy savings benefits from heating your home or just enjoy the warmth and sound of a crackling fire. And while they are fairly low maintenance, as with anything else, they can malfunction.

Fireplace Maintenance:

Inspection:

Your fireplace and flu should be inspected yearly. Examine the firebox (inside of fireplace) for holes and cracks in mortar or firebrick.

Next, Inspect the flue by opening the damper and peaking up with a flashlight to check the liner for soot buildup and obstructions (birds or squirrels nesting) or any other kind of debris.

Cleaning, if needed:

Cleaning the liner is a simple and affordable thing to address. A chimney should be cleaned if soot buildup has accumulated to 1/8 in or more or if there is any kind of debris, mentioned above, obstructing the path to the top. Depending on how often you burn and what you are burning would determine how often you should have the liner cleaned.

If you are unsure, give us a call or visit our contact page and we would be glad to help.

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