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Preparing Your Chimney for Winter in Pennsylvania

Preparing Your Chimney for Winter in Pennsylvania

On a snowy winter day, you probably can't wait to curl up in front of a fire. But before you gather around the hearth or invite Santa to come down, you'll want to ensure your chimney is clean and functional to prevent safety issues.

What to Do to Prepare Your Chimney for Winter

Follow these chimney preparations before winter so you can enjoy a toasty fire with peace of mind:

1. Inspect Your Chimney

Performing an inspection is the first step to winterizing your chimney — it'll help you identify issues before they turn into major problems. Pay close attention to the following:

  • Chimney: Check your chimney for loose bricks, cracks or leaning. Be sure to look at the flue to check for cracks and creosote buildup.
  • Cap: Chimney caps help keep rain, downdrafts and animals out of your chimney. Check your cap for rust or damage, and make sure it fits tightly. If you need a chimney cap, make sure to install one before winter arrives.
  • Damper: The damper is the metal plate that controls airflow in your chimney. Check that the damper opens and closes properly. Always make sure it's open before you start a fire.

2. Install a Chimney Liner

A chimney liner lines the inside of your chimney to protect the flue from deterioration and help prevent creosote accumulation. It's also essential for efficient airflow. Consider installing a chimney liner if you don't already have one. Repair or replace your current liner if it's damaged. 

3. Trim Trees

Are there tree limbs hanging over your chimney? Be sure to trim them. Trees create a highway for critters to enter your chimney, and they can cause airflow problems. 

4. Hire a Chimney Sweep

It's best to hire a professional certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to ensure your chimney works safely and efficiently. A pro can remove built-up creosote — one of the leading causes of home heating fires — and make sure everything else is in good condition. 

Hire Us to Prepare Your Chimney

Chimney maintenance is not something to sweep under the hearth rug. Nor is it something you need to handle on your own.

At Anderson’s Chimney & Masonry Services, our highly trained, CSIA-certified technicians are ready to help you prepare for a warm and cozy winter. As the largest full-service chimney and masonry company in south central Pennsylvania with over 30 years of experience, we're here to take care of all your chimney winterization needs.

Call us today or complete our online form to request a chimney inspection, sweep or repair.

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