Cleaning the fireplace. Sounds like a chore, doesn’t it? If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you know all about scooping out and removing the ashy remains of the last fire.
Although we don’t worry as much about keeping our homes warm during the year in Tempe, AZ as we do keeping them cool, the fireplace is an interesting exception. In most homes, the fireplace isn’t there to serve as a heating system.
Cleaning a fireplace properly can be difficult for the average homeowner, however, as it can be difficult to differentiate between what is a normal sign of wear and tear and what types of damage indicate an area that requires additional attention.