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Clean and inspect stove and stovepipe
NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Wood Stove are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.
If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Wood Stove.
A professional chimney sweep will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney and will check for defects, typically for about $90 to $150. Or you can do the work yourself, if you have the proper brushes and vacuums and don't mind the mess or hassle.
The tasks include:
Inspect for creosote deposits in the flue. If greater than 1/8" in thickness, then the chimney flue should be cleaned.
Check the firebox for damaged brick or mortar.
Check the damper for operation and snug fit. Also inspect for cracks, pitting or rusted-out sections.
Check the flue for broken or damaged bricks on the flue liner. Cracking is a sign that there has been a flue fire and is a potentially serious problem.
Use black gasket fo better aesthetics and higher performance
Allows you to properly use and maintain your woodstove
Wood piles should be kept at least 6 inches off the ground
Reduces chimney fire caused by creosote
Seals heated air if fireplace is not in use
Health & Safety
Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
The benefits of this task are high, as it helps prevent dangerous and costly chimney fires.
The cost of this task is moderate, and requires the scheduling of a qualified chimney sweep.