How to Maintain Chimney

How to Maintain Chimney

Chimney maintenance is about proactive prevention and protection, not procrastination. The impact of a poorly maintained chimney can be catastrophic. In this, we will tell you about How to maintain Chimney.

How to Maintain Chimney Steps

1. Remove the Ashes

Remove the Ashes

  • For cleaning, start by removing the ashes from fireplace. During the cold season, make sure that ashes don’t build up to a depth more than about 2″.
  • After the cold season, remove all the ashes from the fireplace.
  • Use a flat fireplace shovel to clean out the ashes. Place them in a bucket for easy removal and disposal.

2. Remove Soot and Fire Stains

  • Removing the soot and fire stains from the firebox will take a little more effort. Start by spraying on a mixture of soapy water.
  • Spray on liberally and let the solution stay on the surface for about 30 minutes.
  • Once the residue has had a chance to soften, scrub the surfaces using a stiff wire brush.

3. Remove Stubborn Stains

  • For stubborn stains, use something stronger than soap and water.
  • Muriatic acid is an abrasive chemical used to clean fireplaces.
  • Safety Alert: Muriatic acid is a harsh chemical, and is also toxic. Follow all safety precautions printed on the bottle.
  • Mix one part muriatic acid with 10 parts water, and apply the solution to the brick or stone surfaces of the firebox.

4. Maintain the Chimney From Outside

Maintain the Chimney From Outside

  • Chimney maintenance is a job for professionals, but there are a few things you can check for yourself.
  • Make sure that the chimney cap is in good condition, and that it does not become clogged with leaves or other debris.
  • A wire screen will keep debris and animals from getting down into the chimney.
  • Examine the mortar between the bricks to make sure that it is in good condition, and is not cracked or flaking away.
  • Also, check the flashing where chimney meets the roof.
  • Make sure that there is a watertight seal around the flashing. If the seal is damaged or cracked, it can be patched with caulk.

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