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Pre-Winter Chimney Safety Checklist

Even though metro Atlanta won't see wintry temperatures until later in the year, there is no time like the present to address fire safety concerns with your home's chimney and fireplace. We've put together some of the easiest things you can knock off your safety checklist, so you know what to look for to reduce fire risk this winter. 

Chimney Caps

One of the most vital components to your chimney's safety is the chimney cap. A chimney cap is a protective covering that sits on top of the chimney chute. The purpose of the cap is to keep rainwater, animals, and other detrimental elements out of your chimney At the same time,it also keeps sparks from bouncing out onto your roof's shingles In order to help mitigate risk of a roof fire.

Over time, your chimney cap can become damaged or worn down, which is why every now and then you should have it inspected and replaced if needed. One of the tell-tale signs that your chimney cap may be rusting out is a rust-colored streak running down the side masonry of your chimney. If you are the new owner of an old home, it might be wise to check out the status of your chimney cap before lighting the fireplace.

Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing, a specific type of roof flashing, is another important part of your chimney that keeps water and excess moisture out of your house. This can be found at the point in which your chimney's walls meet your house's roof. Flashing is made up of sheets of metal that direct water away from the chimney, down your roof, and into the gutter system. If parts of your flashing have blown off or deteriorated, then a repair will be required to prevent further damage.

Contact Trotter Roofing & Gutters today to learn more about how we can help with your chimney cap or flashing repairs. 

Fire Safety

When it comes to fire safety in your home, having a plan is essential. On average, over 25,000 homes will suffer from a chimney fire each year, with an average of $120 million in damages. If you are planning on using a fireplace or indoor furnace, it is important to have fire extinguishers on hand in case of emergency. . Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home are functioning properly and replace batteries when needed.

To learn more about fire safety when using a fireplace in your home, check out these safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and always call 911 immediately in the event of a fire in your home.

How We Can Help 

Trotter Roofing & Gutters offers a wide range of home improvement services alongside our roofing and gutter services. If you are looking to have someone come out and inspect your chimney cap and flashing or just need a general roof inspection, contact Trotter Roofing & Gutters today for a free estimate.
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