We’re halfway through the summer and fall is approaching fast. That means it’s time to get ready for cool autumn nights in front of the fire with hot drinks. One thing you should never do, however, is simply fire up the gas logs and go. You need to make sure that your fireplace is properly prepared for the colder months of the year. Before you need them, make sure you take the right steps to get ready.
Too few people actually maintain their fireplace all year. For all the time they spend dusting their countertops, sweeping the floor and keeping the upholstery clean, they ignore the fireplace until it’s too late. Here are some tips and tricks to get your fireplace ready for fall before the seasons change, so you can enjoy it with no troubles or concerns.
Proper maintenance of your fireplace is essential whether it’s indoors or outdoors, gas log or wood burning. If your fireplace is inside, it’s vital that you keep your chimney clear and clean. As your fire burns, carbon buildups can create hazards in your chimney that can result in fumes or even fire hazards.
Wen getting your fireplace ready for fall, make sure you call in a pro to have your smoke chamber, vents, dampers and flues cleared every year. Many home experts recommend additional cleanings every 60 or 80 fires, especially if you live in a colder clime where you’ll use your fireplace more than average.
Gas log fireplaces are much easier to use and maintain than wood-burning varieties. They also tend to be safer as they don’t clog up the chimney with as much carbon or creosote. This means they create fewer dangers of house fires. That being said, vent issues are still common with these kinds of fireplace and if they’re not maintained properly, the fumes and carbon monoxide can be a major health hazard.
Keep an eye out for dampness inside your home, like blistering paint, peeling wallpaper and the like. This can be the result of condensation inside the flue. Watch for stains—especially white stains—outside of the chimney. Finally, keep your eye open for erosion around your mortar joints and crumbling bricks.
Any time you suspect vent issues, get your fireplace inspected by a pro before using it again. It could save your life.
When you heat your home, there are certain best practices to use, so that you’re getting the best heat distribution with the lowest risk. Always make sure your flue damper is in good repair. Install a tempered glass door rather than a movable screen. Make sure to clean the inside of your firebox regularly. Dust and vacuum it to keep it clean and properly functioning.
Of course, it all starts with a high quality vented or vent-free gas log fireplace from a reliable vendor like Emberside. Check out some more information about gas fireplace maintenance to be sure your fireplace is ready for fall, and get in touch with us for repairs or to buy your next fireplace insert today!