September Home Maintenance Tips from City Home Inspectors.
As we transition into the beautiful autumn season, it’s time to give some love to our homes and ensure they’re ready for the cooler months ahead. In this month’s newsletter, we’ll be sharing a helpful home maintenance tip specifically tailored to the City of Chicago and its neighboring suburbs.
Let’s get started!
Prepare Your Fireplace for Cozy Evenings:
As the temperatures begin to drop, a warm and crackling fire becomes a delightful highlight of any chilly evening. Before you light that first fire, it’s important to prepare your fireplace. Here’s how:
Inspect the Chimney: Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney for any blockages, creosote buildup, or damage. Proper ventilation is crucial to ensure a safe and efficient fireplace experience.
Check the Damper: Ensure your damper opens and closes smoothly. A properly functioning damper helps control airflow and prevents drafts when your fireplace is not in use.
Clear the Surrounding Area: Remove any flammable items, such as furniture, rugs, or decorations, from the immediate vicinity of the fireplace. Keeping a clear area around the fireplace minimizes fire hazards.
Stock Up on Firewood: Gather or purchase seasoned firewood in advance. Dry, well-seasoned logs burn cleaner and generate less smoke, creating a more enjoyable and healthier indoor environment.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors: If you don’t already have them, invest in carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms and common areas. These devices provide early warning signs of potential carbon monoxide leaks, which can be a byproduct of burning wood. By following these fireplace maintenance tips, you’ll be ready to cozy up and enjoy those chilly fall evenings without worry!
That’s all for our September home maintenance tip. We hope you find it helpful in preparing your homes for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more useful tips and tricks in our next newsletter. Remember, we’re always here to assist you with any home-related questions or concerns. Feel free to reach out anytime!
Wishing you a delightful September,
Your Friendly Home Inspectors!
City Home Inspectors, LLC