How to Maintain a Fireplace or Wood Stove

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Hello winter! Today marks the first day of our coldest season. Thank goodness for fireplaces and wood stoves! If you’re looking into getting one, correct installation by a licensed and certified professional is key. If you already have one, we’re sharing our home insurance experience for maintaining these heat helpers so you can protect your home. We've seen first hand what can go wrong. 

Heating heroes like fireplaces and wood stoves can become real home fire hazards if they’ve been neglected.

 

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Not to worry if this sounds like you. We’ve got you covered! Be sure to check the annual professional inspection and cleaning off the list. (Please and thank you!) Now let’s keep things running smoothly all season long with our simple checklist.

1. Do Regular DIY Cleanings

Folks, regular cleanings are critical throughout winter. If you use your fireplace or stove frequently, 4 or more times a week,  it needs to be cleaned frequently as well. Regular cleaning of your wood stove is just as important.

2. Take Proper Care of Ashes

Put those ashes into a metal container that can be tightly closed. Douse with water and place the closed container outside your home away from combustible materials. Leave them in the container for several days before disposing them in the trash. 

 

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3. Look Before You Light

Take a good look before you start a fire, every single time. The chimney flue and stove pipe should be clean and free of obstructions.

All this toasty heat can definitely affect indoor air quality so check out our expert tips for keeping things warm and comfortable for your family this winter. Also, be aware of other heat-related safety hazards that are common during winter months.

Easy as 1,2,3. Make this expert advice your go-to for a warm and protected Virginia home. Because there’s nothing like coming back to a safe home with the kids to hot chocolate with little marshmallows.

 

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