Many homeowners cannot imagine that there would ever be a major problem with their fireplace since it is such an integral part of their home. However, just like anything else, the fireplace is susceptible to normal wear and tear. A spring fireplace facelift is the perfect way to make sure that everything is still in safe, working condition before the start of fireplace season.
It may seem strange to some people to think about performing fireplace maintenance in the spring since the fireplace is usually the farthest thing from their minds at that point. Actually, the spring is the perfect time to work on the fireplace because no time using it is missed. Also, fireplace technicians are not in as high demand and may be more willing and able to accommodate the clients’ schedules.
The most important thing is to check the structural integrity of the fireplace and chimney. Both could become damaged over time, especially if they are exposed to extreme weather conditions. It may be necessary, eventually, to reinforce certain parts of the structure in order to maintain safety for the entire home. This is the most practical and important part of any fireplace facelift.
The spring is also a great time to get the fireplace cleaned. Over the course of the winter, creosote, ash and other potentially hazardous materials build up inside of the flue. These materials not only increase the risk of a dangerous chimney fire, but they can actually cause illness to people in the home. A chimney sweep can clean it out in the spring time so that it is fresh and safe for use when the weather turns cool again.
Some fireplace facelifts, of course, are based more on cosmetics than they are on function. In many cases, changing the look of the fireplace can change the entire feeling of a room. Although some renovations may take a great deal of time and money, there are many simple and inexpensive ways to overhaul the fireplace area. It just takes a bit of creativity and a trained hand to do the work.
When planning a fireplace face-lift, it is important to find the right person to do the job. It is necessary to have a trained and certified chimney sweep who will get the job done properly and safely. The Chimney Safety Institute of America is an excellent resource for finding a certified technician in the area. Since they provide the training required for chimney sweeps, they are the best place to go for a reference.
It may seem like a strange time to think about the fireplace, but the spring is actually the best time for a fireplace facelift. It is important to choose a certified technician who can not only improve the looks of the fireplace but the function as well. Even if no other renovations are planned, it is important to have an annual cleaning in order to assure safe function of the fireplace and chimney.