Fireplace Maintenance Tips For The Spring
Spring is just around the corner, and for most homeowners, when the warm weather begins to set in, the fireplace is done its work until the fall. While you may not be using your fireplace throughout the spring and the summer, there are still ways you can maintain your fireplace to ensure that it’s ready to go when you want to begin using it in the fall. Take a look at our best expert fireplace maintenance tips for the spring ahead.
Shut The Damper
When you’re done using your fireplace for the spring and summer months, make sure you remember to shut the damper. While the damper’s ability to bring in fresh air is completely necessary for when the fireplace is in use, during its off-season dampers can bring warm air into your home, forcing your air conditioner to work harder and cost more in energy bills.
Eliminate The Odour
After a long winter of burning wood in your fireplace, your home may have a distinct smell that is pleasant in the winter but doesn’t necessarily mesh with the freshness of spring. To eliminate the odour that your fireplace makes, place an open container of baking soda in or around your fireplace or mantel to naturally absorb any leftover smells from burning wood.
Put Leftover Ash To Good Use
Instead of throwing away the ash that has accumulated from burning wood in your fireplace, there are several ways to use the ash around your home. Adding a handful of ash to your compost can help enrich the soil, sprinkling your garden beds with ash will help repel slugs and snails from doing damage to your garden, or you could even save the ash for next winter and sprinkle it on your walkway to eliminate ice.
Call For Preventative Maintenance
Before you shut off your fireplace for the spring and summer ahead, if you haven’t already, call for annual preventive maintenance with the experts at Harding The Fireplace. Our experts will clean, inspect, and facilitate any needed repairs to your fireplace to ensure it’s ready to just turn on and use when the cold weather comes again. Have peace of mind knowing that whenever the cold weather sets in, your fireplace will be there to keep you warm.
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