Sitting around a fireplace is a great way to warm up in the winter and spend time with friends and family, but it is essential to make sure that the fireplace and chimney are safe and well maintained all year long. Homeowners should make sure to examine the lining of their firebox (the interior of the fireplace) for cracks, gaps or signs of wear. If the lining is not repaired, excessive heat can build up and cause permanent damage. Homeowners should also have their chimney inspected before lighting the first fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends an annual inspection by a qualified professional who can clarify whether the chimney needs cleaning or repairs.
Check out HouseLogic’s “Warm Home, Warm Heart” spotlight for more information on caring for a home’s fireplace. Speak with a chimney and flue cleaner about the most common problems they see with fireplaces and chimneys in your area. Ask REALTORS® for advice they give homebuyers considering a home with a fireplace.