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How To Properly Dispose Of Ashes

Have a wood-burning fireplace in your home? The atmosphere that accompanies these units is incomparable, and the smells and sounds associated with them often play a big role in setting a festive mood throughout the holiday season. But with these fuel types comes a bit of extra work, and one thing we like to remind homeowners of is the importance of safely clearing out your fireplace ash.

Clearing out ash helps keep your fireplace grate in better shape and it leaves you with adequate room for putting in more fuel down the line. Too much ash could eventually block the flow of air, as well, and you definitely don’t want it spilling out into your living space! That being said, it’s beneficial to leave behind a small layer, around one or two inches thick, as this encourages future fires to light up easier. A small layer of ash also helps to protect your firebox floor.

Staying Safer When Clearing AshProperly dispose of ash and find new uses for it

When your ash pile gets too high and the time comes to clear it out, it’s vital that you take the proper safety precautions when removing it. Why? Well, ash can stay hot for days at a time, and many times stray embers get trapped inside. Ash that isn’t properly disposed off could easily ignite, triggering a fire within your home!

So, here’s what you can do to feel more at ease when scooping ash out of your fireplace. First of all, use a metal scoop when removing it, then transfer it into a metal bucket. A bucket with a handle and a slightly raised bottom is ideal. Also, the bucket should have a tight-fitting lid that will seal the container securely once filled.

Once the ash is safely out of the fireplace, it’s wise to store it for a few days to give any embers the chance to die out. Store it outside of your home on a non-flammable surface, such as concrete or brick. After enough time has passed, you may dispose of them.

What To Do With Old Ash

If you’re looking for ways to recycle your ash, there are many options! A lot of people use them in their gardens for a way to enrich their plant life. Certain plants, like tomatoes, will benefit greatly from some ash in their soil, so do some research and see which items would do well with this little extra boost!

Others sprinkle ash around their gardens to keep out pests, like snails and slugs. This provides an easy and effective barrier for keeping your veggies and flowers safer! Other uses for fireplace ash include shining silver, making soap, washing stinky smells off pets, melting ice, washing fireplace doors, and more. There are tons of ideas out there, so consider saving your ashes this burning season!

Call On Us For Advice

Have questions about your fireplace? Give us a call! We’re here to assist and educate the public however we can, so that our customer base can enjoy their holidays worry-free year after year. Also, be sure to invest in your annual inspection and sweeping this fall, so you know everything is ready to go for any festivities you have planned. The time to give our team a call is now!

Prevent Leaky Chimneys With a Chimney Cap

Are you concerned about leaks in your chimney? Well, there’s no doubt that water and excess moisture can do a lot of damage quick. However, Weststar Chimney Sweeps is here to help every step of the way, so contact us soon if you start to notice issues. There’s no better team to trust than us!

A wonderful solution to chimney leaks is a chimney cap. It is an easy, efficient, and inexpensive way to seal the top of your chimney. Don’t let the stress of a broken chimney ruin your burning season. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, the time to call on our team is now.

Perks Of Owning A Chimney Cap

raining and rainbow outside a windowChimney caps are great for preventing leaks and water damage, but did you know that they do a lot more than that? They are also great for keeping out debris, wild animals and nesting materials they may bring in with them. As you can imagine, this saves our customers a whole lot of trouble down the line!

Chimney caps also help to block downdrafts. If the weather is colder and windier than expected, you won’t have to worry about chilly outdoor air entering your home with a chimney cap. Finally, chimney caps stop stray sparks from landing on your roof, which lowers your risk of house fires. Keep your home safer and more comfortable by investing in a chimney cap today.

Have You Already Experienced Water Damage?

As we’ve said, chimney caps are great for preventing water damage, but what if the damage has already been done? Well, don’t fret because our team is here to help with that too! We offer a wide range of chimney repair services, so you can rest easy.

We can trace the cause of your chimney leaks, then patch everything up, so you don’t have to stress any longer. Once we’re done, we’ll set you up with a  chimney cap, so you’ll be good for the long haul. We know our customers deserve the best care, which is why our team never cut corners or take the easy road.