Summer is almost here. While using your home’s fireplace may be the furthest thing from your mind completing some basic maintenance tasks during the hotter months can keep your unit ready for the fall and winter. Here are some tips for maintaining your chimney and fireplace during summer.
Bring Everything Up to Snuff – If you are working with an existing, older fireplace, it is always important to first make sure the unit is safe to use. Hidden dangers can lurk underneath the surface including flue liner cracks, crumbling mortar and ineffective components. It is worth your time to have an inspection completed prior to the remodel to assess its current condition.
Consider all Your Alternatives – There are many alternatives to keeping your traditional wood-fueled fireplace. You could convert the unit to gas, add a direct vent gas unit, or even install a rustic wood stove. While many like the overall atmosphere that a wood fire brings, others find the ease of use and efficiency of a gas stove much more conducive to their lifestyles.
DIY vs. Hiring a Professional – The possibilities are endless when it comes to things you can do to remodel the fireplace yourself including painting the brick exterior or adding a new mantel. Some jobs though are best left to an experienced professional team such as the one at Lindemann Chimney Service. Running gas lines, adding a new chimney cap and replacing worn brick and mortar are all tasks that require specialized skills and professional tools and supplies. It’s best to leave these tasks to the pros.
Work within Your Budget & Timeframe – Before beginning any type of remodeling job, it is always important to start with a clear budget and timeframe for completion. Doing so will set your project up for success. It will also help you better determine the type of project you should be completing. If you have a limited budget, you may want to opt to first take care of any necessary repairs. Or you may want to tackle a smaller job such as a mantel remodel. Larger projects such as a custom outdoor kitchen will take more time to complete. Is a longer remodel in line with your current schedule and other commitments? Sticking to projects that fit within both your budget and timeframe will lead to a smoother project and a better end result.
When you’re ready to remodel your existing fireplace, contact the experienced team at Clean Sweep Chimney Sweeps. From a luxury outdoor fireplace to a more practical chimney repair and update, we can help breathe new life into your home’s hearth. Visit our website to learn more about our remodeling services.