Fireplace Safety Tips for Your Columbus Home

Winter is somewhat coming to an end but it is still fairly chilly in the Columbus area. Fireplaces are a great way to heat a home and create architectural interest and a beautiful ambiance in a room. Fireplaces can also be potentially dangerous if not maintained properly. While some homeowners do know the basics of fireplace safety, there are still common safety mistakes that can lead to disaster in a Columbus home.

Fireplace Safety Tips for Your Columbus HomeThere are some routine maintenance tasks that every Columbus homeowner should know about how to operate their fireplace safely within their home. It is always good to know about keeping your home as safe as possible when you have a fireplace in your home.

Fireplace safety tips for every Columbus homeowner

Regular inspections are a must

Whether you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace, or have a gas or electric insert that allows you to turn on manufactured flames with the flip of a switch, it is always good to have a fireplace inspected before its first use. If you have just purchased a home in Columbus with a beautiful fire feature it is always best to hire a professional to come and look at your fireplace before operating it. You want to ensure that the previous homeowners took proper care and it is in safe working condition.

In addition, you want to make sure that you have your fireplace professionally inspected at least once a year to make sure that everything is working as it should. You want to make sure there's no need for cleaning or repair that if gone unchecked could cause a big problem. It is good to budget for this in your home maintenance. It can cost anywhere from $100-$500 per fireplace.

Addressing the flue

If you are not aware of what the flue is, it is a very important working piece within your chimney. It is a duct vent that helps the chimney to operate safely. It is recommended that you have your flue cleaned about once a year, but the dependence upon needing to clean the flu is determined by the frequency of use for your fireplace. Some fireplace experts would suggest that chimneys should be swept, cleaned, and inspected for traditional wood-burning fireplaces for every cord of wood burned.

Professionals do not recommend that homeowners clean a flue on their own even though it is something possible for a homeowner to do. It is always best to hire someone who can get into the chimney and has experience with safely doing so to give the flue the most thorough cleaning possible.

Check for leaks or cracks

Cleaning is an important part of chimney maintenance you also want to inspect the chimney for cracks between the flue and the lining of the chimney. If cracking occurs in this area it can become a significant fire hazard. Cracks in a chimney can be caused by extreme weather, flooding, and the conditions of a house settling with age.

Make sure wildlife is unable to access your chimney

It is not uncommon for birds to look for a place to nest where they feel they are safe and secure and often this can end up being a home chimney. It is not uncommon to find a bird nest blocking a flue and this blockage can send smoke and carbon monoxide back into your home. To prevent wildlife from getting into your chimney make sure that you have a chimney guard.

Burning the right wood

If you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace you want to make sure that you are burning the proper wood in the fireplace. The best choice for a fire is a hardwood. Pinewood is not the best choice to use in a home fireplace because it cracks and pops and is likely to send an amber into your home. The oil in Pinewood can lead to rapid creosote buildup in your flue as well.

It is always in a homeowner's best interest to make sure they know how all of the systems in their home work especially those that can create major safety concerns. With the right knowledge of how your chimney works and what your fireplace needs to operate safely, you can enjoy the warmth and atmosphere that a fire brings to your room.

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