Family members cozily gathering around fireplaces in Greenville, SC homes is a usual scene in wintertime. However, for now, while summer is still here and fall is fast approaching, cleaning the chimney and fireplace maintenance is on the to-do list of every American, according to Wfmynews2.com:
A fireplace is like any other appliance in a home and requires periodic maintenance to prevent problems. Don’t wait until you want to use it to have it checked. All fireplaces, whether gas or wood need to have occasional maintenance to keep them operating properly. Have a qualified technician check and clean your system so it is running at peak efficiency. […] Essentially, all the parts of the fireplace are removed, cleaned, re-installed and then tested for function.
Before using your fireplace unit for the first time, you want to change the battery on your CO monitor and if you don’t have one, install one.
It’s going to be autumn, after all, sooner or later, and maintaining your fireplace before it gets cold will benefit you in the long run. Fireplaces increase comfort and give a relaxing atmosphere in the living room. They’re also good for saving energy, as they can be alternatives to light bulbs and electric stoves, especially when power outages are experienced, or if you need to cut costs.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) advised that it is ideal to check up on the fireplace at least once a year. Fireplaces are prone to animals such as birds building nests in them. Keeping the flue clean and in check is a must, too. The CSIA also recommends that fireplaces be regularly checked for considerable buildup, because these deposits are typically acidic in nature and can end up damaging the fireplace. If the chimney is filled with creosote, the mixture of chemicals from fireplace usage, sweeping should be done. If the creosote is gummy, chemical treatment may be necessary.
In case any component of the fireplace needs to be replaced, you can count on leading companies like Buchanan Fire and Outdoor to provide you with quality products and accessories, from brass flare fittings to gas logs in Greenville, SC.
See to it that you know the right type and size of replacement items you need. For instance, note that gas logs are available in either vented or vent-free forms. Furthermore, it is essential to know what kind of fireplace you have and how it works, as this information can ultimately influence your choice of fireplace accessories, not to mention how you will properly maintain your home’s hearth.
(Source: Today’s Honey-Do List: Gutters, Cracks & Fireplace Maintenance, WFMYNews2.com, July 29, 2014)Posted by: