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Caring For a Wood-Burning Fireplace

by Realty Times Feature Article by Carla Hill

The warm glow of a fire on a cold winter night can be magical. Many families love the ambiance a blaze provides. Others rely on these embers to keep their family members warm and cozy during freezing temperatures.

Are you new to homeownership and need a few tips on how to safely maintain your wood-burning fireplace? Or are you a seasoned pro that just needs to brush up on the basics? Either way keep reading to find out how you can keep your fireplace in good working order all the way through the snowy season.

First, be sure to inspect and clean your fireplace before the first use of the season. You can hire a professional chimney sweep. If you use your fireplace regularly during the winter, you'll probably need a professional to clean your fireplace more than once a season, which is great since a pro not only cleans your chimney, but can also spot possible problem areas.

Next, learn about creosote. Who knew fireplaces could be so fun? Technically, creosote is "a dark brown or black flammable tar deposited from especially wood smoke on the walls of a chimney." (Merriam Webster) The key word here is "flammable." That's what every homeowner really needs to know. As your wood burns it produces dark deposits of creosote in your fireplace and up your chimney. If not attended to, this layer can catch fire.

There are around 27,000 chimney fires each year resulting in 10 to 20 deaths. This doesn't mean you should be afraid of your fireplace, but rather that you should be sure to do regular maintenance.

You can do periodic checks yourself. Simply take a flashlight and shine it down the chimney. Be careful on slippery roofs, though! (You can also shine from the inside up.) If you see soot hanging from the sides of the chimney wall then it's time for some action.

Prevent build-up by burning seasoned hot-burning woods such as hedge. Some woods don't burn at a high enough temperatures, such as ash, and can cause creosote build-up. You can also avoid build-up by leaving the damper open for around 15 minutes each morning, or whenever you use fresh wood. Also, consider burning smaller fires instead of gigantic blazes.

Creosote that is built up on doors can be scraped off with razor blades. Don't use harsh chemicals to clean glass. A soft, damp rag is best. Remove ashes whenever the fireplace gets full. Be sure to properly dispose of these. Most people have a specific ash bucket and scope that they sit outside and far away from flammable material until there is no risk of embers. Never sit an open ash bucket in a garage.

Aside from nasty ole creosote you should consider putting a cap on your chimney. These caps can keep out birds next, leaves, rain, and reduce draft issues.

These are just the basics of wood-burning fireplaces. Take a few precautions and you're sure to have a safe and beautiful fireplace season.

Paula McDaniel 

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Price Reduction in East Brainerd - Mountain Shadows!!!

by Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga Realtor.

Price Reduction on 739 Grand Mountain Drive in Mountain Shadows/East Brainerd. MLS#1165924 $474,900

http://www.tourfactory.com/764448

Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311
Fax: 423-598-7277
Prudential RealtyCenter.com
7522 E. Brainerd Rd.,
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Office: 423-899-5943

© 2011 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities. An independently owned and operated broker member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license. Equal Housing Opportunity. Licensed in TN & GA. 

Prudential Realty Center's East Brainerd and Signal Mountain offices have been awarded the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates "2011 Business Development Award "for excellence in business achievement." This award is given to a few Prudential offices in the network which have demonstrated exemplary achievements in the real estate business.

 

 

© 2011 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities. Prudential Real Estate brokerage services are offered through the independently owned and operated franchisees of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Prudential, the Prudential logo, and the Rock symbol are registered service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, used under license. Equal Housing Opportunity. 

Prudential Realty Center's Signal Mountain Office Receives Award

by The Chattanoogan.com, http://www.chattanoogan.com/

Prudential Realty Center's Signal Mountain office has been awarded the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates "2011 Business Development Award "for excellence in business achievement" which includes leading their local market in sales volume, innovative and effective marketing techniques, high per person production and consumer feed-back for "professionalism in real estate".
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_214382.asp

2011 3rd Quarter - 2nd place winner

by Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga Realtor.

Dear Paula:
Congratulations!! Your performance during the 2011 Third Quarter was an important contributor to our high standing within the real estate community. We want to be sure you know that your hard work is both acknowledged and appreciated. Congratulations on winning the following award(s):

Sales Professional Awards - 2nd Place in Award - 'Top 3 Sales Professional in Tennessee for Residential GCI'
Prudential Awards

Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311
Fax: 423-598-7277
Prudential RealtyCenter.com
7522 E. Brainerd Rd.,
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Office: 423-899-5943
© 2011 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities. An independently owned and operated broker member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license. Equal Housing Opportunity. Licensed in TN & GA. 

Hixson - $248,000 Golfing Community

by Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga Realtor.

HIXSON – GOLFING COMMUNITY

1426 Windbrook Lane. This low maintenance, open floor plan home has that "WOW" factor from the moment you enter the foyer and see its sunken two story great room with a two story stone fireplace, and all the windows for the natural lighting. The kitchen is open to the great room and and offers stainless gas range, tile counter tops, pantry, bay window and a see through fireplace. Two extra large master suites, one on the main level with walk in closet and the 2nd master suite is on the upper level which could be a bonus room if needed instead. Screen porch, 2 covered porches, and situated on a large corner, level lot. New Roof in 2011/2012. Golf community, convenient to Publix, shopping, restaurants and Downtown Chattanooga. MLS# 1171289 $248,000
Virtual Tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/810668

Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311 Fax: 423-598-7277

[email protected] www.AllChattanooga.com

Prudential RealtyCenter.com 7522 E. Brainerd Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421
Office: 423-899-5943 © 2011 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities. An independently owned and operated broker member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license. Equal Housing Opportunity. Licensed in TN & GA

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