The summer months bring the sun, outdoor activities, and balmy temperatures. The last thing a homeowner thinks about during hot summer days is their fireplaces, but the decline in regular use makes summer the perfect time of year for fireplace upkeep and improvements.
Here at Doctor Flue, we know fireplaces! We’ve got some great tips on summertime fireplace maintenance that will keep your fireplace in tip-top shape all year long.
Check the damper
Summer is the perfect time to inspect the condition of your fireplace’s damper. Check for damage or signs of wear, and schedule an appointment for any recommended repair work or replacements. Doing so will ensure that the damper is functioning properly during the colder months and will ultimately save you time and money. It’s also important to check that your damper is tightly closed. An open damper creates a draft that brings hot air inside and lets cooler indoor air escape up the chimney.
Install a chimney cap
Warmer weather brings small animals that love to make a home in your chimney. Installing a chimney cap will keep unwanted critters out and also prevents the buildup of leaves and debris that can clog your chimney during the autumn months.
If your fireplace is in need of a new mantel, now is the perfect time to get the job done. A new mantel updates and modernizes the look of your fireplace and changes the whole design dynamic of your home. Summer is also a great time to replace or spruce up your fireplace’s façade. Doctor Flue offers fireplace facelift services with several designs and unlimited custom combinations to fit your needs.
Cleaning and inspection
Finally, the most important thing you can do for your fireplace this summer is schedule and inspection and cleaning. Hiring a professional cleaning and inspection service will cost you a little upfront, but will save you a lot in the long run.
Contact Doctor Flue today!
Our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps will thoroughly clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney to ensure it’s ready for the colder weather. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or give us a call at (800) 438-3583.