When it comes to features that many people love about homes, fireplaces are sure to be on the list. They not only add warmth on chilly winter nights, but they also make a room more comfortable and cozy. They are a good investment, and while they have a lot of benefits, if you aren’t vigilant and don’t take care of your fireplace, they could become more hazard than value. So what should you do if you want to avoid a fire and the need for fire damage restoration? Is there anything special you should keep in mind?
Make Sure the Chimney Is Free of Debris
Before you start using your fireplace (and even if you aren’t currently using it), you need to make sure your chimney isn’t clogged. If you don’t do this, your home could fill up with smoke, leading to the possible need for professional smoke removal and/or fire damage restoration. Leaves and other debris could become trapped, including animals and birds that might create a nest if your fireplace hasn’t been used in a long time. A wire screen over your chimney cap is a big help. If you don’t know how to do this, or don’t trust that you will do a good job, hire a professional chimney cleaner.
Remove Fire Residue Buildup
Creosote and soot are flammable, so make sure they don’t have a chance to build up in your fireplace. To clean up any such residue, you’ll need to hire a professional to ensure your fireplace and home are safe. You don’t want to have to deal with a fire damage restoration company because you neglected your fireplace.
Contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration of Exton, PA, to use our services or find out more about fire damage restoration. We can be reached here or call us on the phone at (610) 431-3553.