Fireplace Maintenance checklist

Fireplace Maintenance checklist

  As the year comes to an end the weather becomes less friendly and everyone seeks after warmth. Almost every home has a fireplace for this purpose but unfortunately if you only use something once in a while it is likely that you might not keep it in good condition. The fireplace is a place of interaction and creating memories. It would be unfortunate when such a place becomes a danger to the ones you love. If you are clueless as to what to do apart from fireplace cleaning, here is a maintenance checklist to help you out. The chimney cap The chimney cap protects the chimney from rain water, wildlife and snow. Chimneys also suffer expansion damage due to subsequent freeze and thaw process. Small animals might find your chimney a befitting home hence not only does the chimney get clogged but they might as well bring you ticks and worms. A chimney cap that has a screen mesh should work wonders for you. Clean your chimney Chimneys should be cleaned twice annually however the frequency of cleaning also depends on how heavily the chimney is used. For proper ventilation do your chimney cleaning during fall. The benefits range from getting rid of animals stuck in the chimney and reducing risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. Check the chimney’s exterior Is your chimney standing straight or is it leaning? Are there any cracks or chips? For metallic chimneys check corrosion or sections that are loose. Simply check out for signs that repair. All these are part and parcel of fire place maintenance. Check the carbon monoxide...
Fire Place : Safety and Maintanence

Fire Place : Safety and Maintanence

  Just like you would have your air ducts cleaned and air conditioner or water heater repaired or inspected, your fireplace also needs some attention and care from a professional to make sure it’s working properly and most importantly, safely, for you and your family to enjoy any time of the year.     Gas Fireplace Maintenance and Safety Tips   A gas fireplace can be a very attractive, ambience enhancing and useful addition to your home and while they are certainly more low maintenance compared to a wood burning fireplace, they do require a proper inspection and cleaning at least once a year to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently.   Gas fire places have the advantage of burning cleaner than traditional fireplaces and don’t produce the kind of smoke, soot and ash debris as the wood-burning kind. That being said, it’s particularly important that you get a trained profession to do a regular inspection of your gas fireplace for a number of reasons. For instance, a white film that can appear on the glass enclosure of your fireplace isn’t dust build up, it can actually be a sign of improper combustion which happens when there is an improper ratio of gas to air being burned. The usual culprit for that is none other than dirty gas burners inside the fireplace.   A professional analysis will also include a multi-point inspection test that will cover off things like checking the ignition and ventilation systems, surveying the log set and adding embers if they are needed. A properly trained inspector can also answer any questions you may have...
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