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Excited About Winter? Certified Installers Recommend Doing These 2 Things Now

Before you light the first fire of the season, take some important safety precautions to protect your home this winter.

Check the Chimney and Any Need for Roof Replacement

Inspecting the chimney and roof visually is the best way to prepare your fireplace for its first use.
From the outside, look for bird’s nests and debris. Make sure the chimney’s mortar and bricks aren’t crumbling and that the chimney does not lean. Ensure that the flue is visible, and verify that your chimney rises at least two feet above your roof.

From the inside, look up the chimney column to confirm you can see daylight. Make sure the flue opens and shuts in a fluid motion. If you’re planning on using the fireplace at all, test that your carbon dioxide detectors are functional and fully powered. Should you notice any problems, contact certified installers for chimney repair or roof replacement.

Check Your Exposed Pipes

Checking your pipes is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe this season. Water expands while it freezes, so colder temperatures can cause pipes to burst without proper precautions. These include:

  • Draining and storing hoses.
  • Turning off the water supply.
  • Draining water from sprinkler and swimming pool lines.
  • Checking for uninsulated lines.
  • Hiring an expert to insulate your pipes.

Working With Certified Installers

By checking your pipes and your chimney, you’re taking an important step in creating a safe home for your family this winter. You can also test your windows and front door to ensure they’re leak and draft free. If you have any questions, contact HB Services.


Harry Hink is the owner of HB Services, LLC. He has years of experience in the home improvement field and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to his customers. HB Services is known locally for their continued support of local communities, schools and businesses.

Harry is active in many organizations to include the Medical Care of Children Partnership(MCCP) which is a community partnership dedicated to providing medical and dental services to children of the working poor of Fairfax County who otherwise are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other private and public sources. Harry is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a certified United States swimming coach and, most important, a husband and father.

Owner Harry Hink’s philosophy is timeless and simple – do for our customers what we would do for ourselves. Our staff will listen to your ideas, offer insight suggestions and come up with a design that fits your lifestyle and adds value to your home.


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