Virginia winters can be mild be we have our share of cold days too. Thank goodness for fireplaces and wood stoves! If you’re looking into getting one, a 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 heating helpers so you can protect your home. We've seen firsthand what can go wrong with home insurance claims. We also know heating heroes like fireplaces and wood stoves can become real home fire hazards if they’ve been neglected.
How to maintain your fireplace or wood stove
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. Clean your fireplace frequently, especially if it gets weekly use. Likewise, if your wood stove is burning on a constant basis, regular cleanings of your wood stove every few days are 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 of them in the trash.
3. Look before you light and listen
Take a good look before you start a fire, every single time. The chimney flue should be clean and free of obstructions. Once your fire is burning, stay close by and observant. Chimney fires make loud cracking or popping noises and produce dense smoke from the flue. These signs often go undetected by the homeowners if they are not paying attention.
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 and fire hazards that are come along with adding extra warmth to your home.
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 warm and safe home on a cold winter day.