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Creative Uses For Fireplace Ash

If you own a wood-burning fireplace, then you’re no stranger to ash. Nothing beats the ambiance of a crackling fire, but cleaning up after them isn’t always the most fun task. Fortunately, we have some ideas for utilizing your fireplace ash to the fullest, making this chore a lot more rewarding in the long run! Check them out below, then turn to Magic Broom for all of your cleanings, inspections, and more!

For Your GardenCreative Uses For Fireplace Ash Image - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom Chimney

There are lots of uses for fireplace ash in your garden. For one thing, it can help enrich your soil. If you add compost to your garden, throw some ash in there before mixing it in. Not too much, though! The right amount will do wonders for your garden dirt. Along with this, it’s known for amping your tomato game, too. Throw a quarter cup in each hole, along with the seeds, and your vegetables will thrive!

Fireplace ash is also great for keeping harmful garden pests away. Line the outside of your garden with it, and you’ll be amazed to discover that snails and slugs will keep their distance! This will help your plants grow, without the annoyance of harmful intruders.

For Cleaning

It may seem crazy, but ash makes a great cleaning tool for certain areas of the house. Your fireplace doors, for example, are one spot that will benefit from it! When you put some ash on a damp sponge it helps remove any buildup or residue that may be making your glass doors look dirty or grimy.

And if you have any silver laying around that needs shining, mix your ash with some water and you’ve got yourself the ideal cleaning solution! Use it to polish any silver you own, and you’ll be shocked at how your dishes and other home decor shine.

You can even use it to clean your pets! If your furry children have recently had a bad encounter with a skunk, and you just can’t seem to get rid of that nasty smell, use some fireplace ash in their next bath. It helps to neutralize the odor and your pets (as well as anyone else living in the home) will thank you!

Cleaning Out Ash Is Important!

Always remember that cleaning out ash is an important part of chimney maintenance and disposing of it properly is vital for keeping your house more protected and your loved ones safer. If you have no use for it in your home or garden, be sure to dispose of it in a metal bucket or container and keep it away from anything potentially flammable. Let it sit in a safe area for a few days before officially getting rid of it, as any coals or embers could stay live for well over 48 hours.

Any more questions? Please contact our qualified staff today! The folks at Magic Broom are more than happy to help you out with all of your fireplace and chimney needs!

By Josh Kelley on November 15th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Common Issues Found During A Chimney Inspection

If you’ve scheduled a chimney inspection with us, then you might be wondering what you can expect from the sweep. Well, the CSIA certified staff at Magic Broom will ensure all accessible parts of the chimney are checked over, so you can rest easy when lighting your fireplace this holiday season. Best case scenario, your chimney will be in good condition, and you can light up your first fire that evening!

Yet, there are few common problems that we come across from time to time. If you face any of the following issues, count on the crew at Magic Broom Chimney Sweep to get you taken care of in no time!

Excess CreosoteCommon Issues Found During A Chimney Inspection Image - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom Chimney

Creosote is one of the most harmful substances your chimney can come across. It forms as fires are burned in your fireplace, but certain things (such as unseasoned wood, restricted air flow, and/or a cold chimney) can increase its accumulation. Creosote is highly flammable and can wind up costing you a lot in repair jobs, and too much of it in your chimney can easily lead to a chimney fire.

Chimney fires are not something to take lightly. They often occur unbeknownst to the homeowner, and they do a lot of damage to the structure of your chimney. The intense heat melts mortar, cracks brick, and encourages gaps to form. This means that every time you light a fire, you’re putting your home at some serious risk! Flames can easily make their way through any damaged areas, catching adjacent woodwork and/or roofing materials on fire.

It’s important to address creosote right away. Call us in for an inspection so we can spot and remove any buildup before things get worse!

Obstructions

Another issue we face a lot is clogs and other obstructions. All too often leaves, twigs, dirt, and other types of debris finds its way into your chimney system and clog things up. Even animals find their way in from time to time! Lighting fires when blockages are present is obviously not a good idea. It will stop air flow from properly escaping, causing smoke to back up and forcing loved ones to inhale hazardous toxins and fumes.

We’ll clear out your clogs in a jiffy! And if you need a chimney cap installed, we can do that, too.

Necessary Repairs

Lastly, we need to check for any necessary repairs throughout your system. Even small cracks and holes can lead to some major structural issues down the line, and you may eventually face a settlement or collapse. Talk with our technicians about any concerns you have, then let us a take a thorough look at your chimney, so we can spot these problems before they get worse.

We’ve got the tools and expertise you’re looking for to make sure your fireplace is working as safely and as efficiently as possible this holiday season. Why wait? Pick up the phone today!

By Josh Kelley on November 1st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment