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Fireplace Safety for the Winter

This issue of Tips from the Pros is brought to you by Clean Sweep Chimney, Gutter & Slate Service.

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Staying warm during the winter could mean piling on blankets, slipping on socks or huddling on the couch in front of a space heater, but for many people, it means lighting up the fireplace. Before you get cozy, refresh your fireplace safety knowledge with these simple tips.

Is Your Chimney Clean?

Before you worry about what type of logs to burn, you need to ensure that you have a clean chimney. Your chimney should be professionally swept at least once a year. Creosote, soot and debris will all be removed from the inside and the structure will be inspected for safety. If there are any problems with your chimney, it’s much better to find them out before something dangerous occurs.

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Winter Tips for Homeowners

Follow these tips to keep your home safe and dry this winter

  • Check the main water shutoff valve as well as the valve at each plumbing fixture to ensure they function properly.
  • Disconnect all garden hoses and use frost proof exterior faucets.
  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing. Typically, those near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic are must vulnerable.
  • Shut off and drain the water system in your home (except indoor sprinkler systems) before an extended vacation.
  • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator ice maker and dishwasher for signs of leaks. Replace the hoses if there are any cracks, bubbles or worn areas.
  • When the outside temperatures are below freezing, allow a trickle of water to drip from hot and cold faucets – especially tho...
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