As summer comes to an end and the weather grows chillier in Indianapolis, staying indoors and cozying up by the fireplace becomes a frequent occurrence. That’s why it’s important to make sure your fireplace is in the best possible condition in the fall, and especially by the time those cold winter nights roll around. 

Why is chimney maintenance important?

The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Regular inspections, cleanings, and necessary repairs are essential to ensuring safety and preventing house fires. 

Even Indianapolis firefighters have noted the importance of cleaning chimneys before the winter. According to a statistic from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), there are 25,000 chimney fires annually in the US. Many times, these fires are caused by creosote, a highly flammable smoke by-product that can build up on chimney interiors. Chimneys can also accumulate soot, ash, animal nests, and fallen leaves. Cleaning and reducing this build-up will not only prevent chimney fires, but also allow your fireplace to burn more efficiently. 

Don’t wait!

You might find yourself putting off scheduling a chimney inspection until winter– it’s an easy thing to postpone when it’s still warm outside, but it’s actually better to get your chimney clean sooner rather than later. 

Winter is typically a busy time in chimney services, so you might not be able to get an inspection or cleaning as quickly as you need it if you wait until then. Your chimney may be in need of repairs, and waiting until the winter for inspection could mean missing out on some time by the fireplace while it’s being worked on. To stay on the safe side, book your inspection early in the fall to ensure your chimney is in ship shape in time for those cozy winter nights. 

Brick + Ember Outfitters for your chimney services

Now that you know the importance of fall chimney maintenance, don’t hesitate to book your inspection, cleaning, or repair with the Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis. If you would like to request an appointment, give our knowledgeable and experienced team a call at (317) 500 1250 or send us an email at