There is nothing more comforting than a fire during the coldest winter months. If you are in the habit of using a gas or wood-burning fireplace, you will also want to make sure to take extra care that your fireplace remains in good condition. There are a few important things fireplaces need when it comes to maintenance and to ensure the safety of your home or business:
- Keep the Interior Clean – Whether you are burning a live fire using logs or have a gas fireplace, it’s important to keep the interior free of dirt and debris. This important step will keep fireplaces burning clean and prevent the potential for unwanted sparks as you are lighting or dimming the fire.
- Check the Chimney or Vent – All fireplaces need to be able to vent the smoke and gases that are created while there is a live fire. Keeping the chimney and vents clean helps keep toxins from entering back into your living and working spaces. This also prevents the potential for chimney fires that can occur when there is too much buildup in the chimney from regular use.
- Regular Inspections – Just like many other appliances in your home, fireplaces benefit from regular inspections from a professional. They will be able to check all the parts of your fireplace to ensure that there is no damage or extra cleaning that should be done to protect your home or business.
One last tip when it comes to fireplaces is to make sure you have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors properly installed in your home or business. This is your first line of defense if something should go wrong with your fireplace.
At Clarksburg Contractors, we understand that you rely on your fireplace to create a welcoming atmosphere and as a source of warmth and comfort during the coldest months of the year. If you have questions about fireplaces or would like to schedule a professional inspection, contact us today.