Preparing the Fireplace for the Season

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 20, 2019)

There are several things in most homes that you will need to get ready right before the season to use them arrives. One of the things that will require a bit of extra attention is your fireplace. Preparing the fireplace for the season isn't all that difficult, and it is something that you can do yourself, as long as you remember a few simple things.

  1. Choose the right time. One of the key elements of preparing the fireplace for the season is to choose the right time to do the work. Ideally you will want to do this in the last few weeks of summer, while it is nice and warm. This way you will be able to access your roof safer, while also having less chance of inclement weather hindering your work. In addition, you will want to do this work while it is light out, and that way you can see what you are doing.
  2. Prepare properly. Cleaning and preparing your fireplace can actually get fairly dirty if you aren't careful. To avoid some excessive clean up, you really should remove anything and everything that you can from the room where the fireplace is located. Anything that you can't remove should be covered with an old sheet that you can use as a drop cloth. In addition, place a few of these sheets over the floor to help protect it as well.
  3. Get on the roof. When you have the room prepared, you then need to get on the roof and take a look at the chimney. When you get onto the roof, make sure that you are being as careful as possible so that you don't fall off. The best way to do this, without the use of specialized safety tools, is to have three points of contact with the roof at all times.
  4. Inspect the chimney. Make your way safely over to the chimney, and begin inspecting it as thoroughly as possible. Look at the mortar, flashing, and even the chimney cap to see that everything is in good working order. If it is not, then have the problem repaired as quickly as possible. Once you have finished inspecting the exterior, it is time to take a look at the interior. Remove the chimney cap, and then get off the roof and open the damper (or flue) on the chimney. This will allow you to see that it is working properly, and as long as you can see sunlight you don't have too many problems.
  5. Sweep it. Get back on top of the roof, and take your chimney brooms with you. You can actually find some of these tools at the local home improvement store, or from other similar stores. Some professional chimney sweeps even offer the options of renting some of their tools from them.
  6. Clean everything up. After you have finished sweeping the chimney (have a friend tell you that nothing else is coming down) replace the chimney cap, and then leave the roof. Go back into the house, and begin cleaning the room that the fireplace was in. Clean out the fireplace itself, and then begin cleaning up any mess that is in the room. Remove all of the drop sheets that you used, saving the ones on the floor for last. If necessary vacuum, and shampoo the floors, and wash the walls.

Now that you know the basics of preparing the fireplace for the season, you can begin getting it ready. Keep in mind that this process can be a bit messy, and as such you will want to be careful. If you do not want to do the work yourself, you can always go with an option that is more expensive—hire a professional chimney sweep to do the work for you.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Stopping Battery Terminal Corrosion

Battery terminal corrosion is one of the many ways that your car's battery might stop working. Luckily, stopping battery ...

Discover More

I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business

Who hasn't said to themselves "I can make a mess like nobody's business?" This is something that seems to be a part of ...

Discover More

Fixing Cracked Windows

While we would all like to think that our cars and trucks are invulnerable, the sad truth is that they are actually ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Safely Cleaning a Gas Fireplace

Fireplaces are a wonderful thing to have in the home; however, they too need to be cleaned every once in a ...

Discover More

Installing Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing serves a very important purpose, namely to help prevent any leaks or water damage. Over time this ...

Discover More

Fireplace Safety

Fireplace safety is simply a mixture of common sense and forethought. Here are some simple guidelines to ensure that you ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven minus 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)