Spring sure flew by here in Eugene, Oregon. With summer right around the corner it’s time to prepare your chimney for the off-season. At Oregon Chimney Guys we are the leading experts in Eugene, Oregon for all things chimney! Here’s what you can do now to help prepare your chimney for fall.
- Get a chimney sweep.
Summertime is a great time to get your annual chimney sweep. If you’re a follower of this blog, then you know how important chimney maintenance is! A chimney sweep in the summer is the best way to help you prepare for fall. Be sure to schedule your chimney sweep with the Oregon Chimney Guys early this year as summer is a popular time to do this!
- Get a chimney evaluation.
Now is also a great time to get a chimney evaluation. By hiring a professional, like the Oregon Chimney Guys, you can rest assured that any problem with the function of your chimney is addressed. This is especially important for chimney fire safety. Improper chimney maintenance can be a danger to your home. After you evaluation, schedule any chimney repairs or projects you want done. If you don’t already have one, now’s a great time to get a chimney cap!
- Clean the glass and surrounding areas.
Now that your chimney isn’t in use, it’s time to get down and dirty! Summer is the perfect time to clean all of the ash buildup on the glass and around your mantle. First, place newspaper round the fireplace to protect your floor and surroundings from stains. Then remove all ashes and loose debris with a shovel or dust pan. Next we recommend using a vacuum and wearing a dust mask to clean the firebox and lower parts of your chimney. If you’re really feeling motivated, you can take the andirons and grate outside and scrub them.
Now that you’re done with all of the cleaning and inspections, you can decorate. A lot of people decorate their fireplace during the summer to give it a more appealing look. Without the warm fuzzy feelings of a fire, it’s nice to make use of this space. One common decorating technique is to fill the firebox with candles. Stay tuned next month for more chimney decorating ideas!