By its very nature, chimney repair can be a very messy job. Although a good chimney repair professional will work hard not to make any more of a mess than is necessary, it is smart to take precautions to protect your home and its furnishings. Luckily, doing so is pretty easy with some forethought, so follow these tips before your chimney repair professional gets there to prevent damage to the things that are important to you.
1. Move Easily Damaged or Valuable Furniture to Another Area of the Home
Your safest bet is to move upholstered furniture and other items that could be easily damaged to another room without a fireplace. Also, move any particularly valuable items that might be damaged by soot, such as paintings, to another part of the home. This will help guarantee that these items are not damaged if the job gets a little messy.
2. Use Sheets to Provide Protection
You probably won't be able to move everything to another room. For items that will need to stay in place, use old sheets or drop cloths to provide protection. Make sure that you stretch them to cover each piece of furniture completely, and use tape to help hold them in place. Then, you won't have to worry as much about the sheets shifting and exposing your furniture and other items to the soot. Along with preventing stains, this can also make clean-up easier, since you can simply (and carefully) remove the cloths rather than having to dust and clean everything separately.
3. Think About Your Floors
Think about your flooring when preparing for your chimney repair. If you have carpet, you will want to take precautions to prevent it from getting stained by soot, so you'll need to cover it with plastic sheeting. Rugs should be removed if possible. You can lay out pieces of cardboard that have been broken down and flattened out to give yourself and your chimney repair contractor a way to walk back and forth to and from the fireplace without getting soot all over the floor.
As you can see, you don't have to worry about your home and your home furnishings getting damaged while you're having your chimney repaired, as long as you prepare for the job properly. Taking these three steps before your chimney repair contractor arrives will help you ensure that you are fully prepared for this rather messy job and can help keep your home and items safe from damage.
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