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It's hot outside now, and you're probably not really thinking about your chimney, but winter will be here before you know it. When that first cold night comes 'round, will you be prepared to light a fire? There are just a couple of different things that you want to make sure are taken care of if you are planning on using your fireplace this winter, such as getting an inspection and considering investing in custom chimney caps Fort Worth. Let's take a closer look at these important aspects of fireplace maintenance now.
First of all, you want to make sure that you get an inspection if you haven't already had one this year. You should get one chimney/fireplace inspection per year to ensure the safety and functionality of your chimney. Sometimes there could be something wrong with your chimney and the problem could be a major safety hazard, but as far as you can tell the chimney may seem to run smoothly so the only way to detect the issue is if you get an inspection. Other times, you may realize that something is wrong with your chimney because it's just not functioning properly, or perhaps it doesn't work at all. In this case, you definitely want to get an inspection. If it's not working properly, do not use the fireplace until you've had it inspected. Often times you'll end up needing more repairs done if you keep using a chimney that is not functioning properly.
Another important aspect of chimney maintenance is getting it cleaned. Now, you need to have the inspection every year regardless of how often you use the chimney. This is not the case with chimney sweeps. As a general rule, we recommend that you get your chimney cleaned for every cord of wood that you burn. If you don't use your chimney very often and you aren't sure if you need a cleaning or not, the technician who inspects your fireplace will be able to tell you.
While you're getting the chimney cleaned and inspected, you could have the technician measure your chimney for custom chimney caps Fort Worth. We can make any type of custom chimney caps Fort Worth that you would like, and these custom chimney caps Fort Worth are great decorative statements that will surely add an extra flare to your home. Custom chimney caps Fort Worth are also functional. Custom chimney caps Fort Worth prevent the mortar and first layer of bricks on the chimney from getting water and sun damage, they keep critters out of the chimney, and they stop water from leaking into your home and potentially introducing mold into the home.