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Don’t forget about your fireplace this summer!

When spring’s warm temperatures hit, we fling open our windows and head outdoors. Often we forget about our fireplaces, despite the hard work they’ve put in all winter long. Don’t forget about your fireplace this summer! Summer is the ideal time for fireplace maintenance, repairs and improvements.

Schedule a summertime chimney cleaning!

Many people put off their chimney sweeping until the fall, when they are ready to prepare their fireplaces for a winter of cozy fires, but summer can be the best time for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection! When you have your chimney swept in the summer, you don’t risk putting off your first fire of the fall while you wait for your chimney sweep.

A summertime chimney sweeping also can help to stave off any foul chimney smells, which can emerge when warm temperatures and summer humidity mingle with creosote in the chimney. A summertime chimney sweeping also can help protect your chimney from deterioration. Creosote and ash can be highly corrosive. Removing them from your chimney and firebox as soon as the fire-burning season has ended can prevent them from eating away at your fireplace and chimney all summer. Finally, summer is the perfect time for a chimney sweeping and inspection because if any problems are found during the inspection, you have plenty of time to have them addressed before you are ready to use your fireplace in the fall.

Plan for repairs!

If your chimney suffered damage during winter’s cold, wet weather, summer is the best time to have your chimney repaired. You will have plenty of time to make decisions regarding repairs. Your chimney professionals will have plenty of time to preform repairs before you are ready to use your chimney again. Also, Chimney technicians often have less hectic schedules in the spring and summer. So, you will have an easier time scheduling your repairs and see faster service!

Upgrade your fireplace!

If you were thinking about upgrading your fireplace, now is the time to act! Whether you’re looking for a new fireplace insert, want to change your fireplace fuel, install a new mantel or even install a new fireplace or heating stove, summer gives you ample time to shop around, choose the best products for your hearth and schedule your installation. By upgrading your fireplace in the summer, you will can have the hearth of your dreams ready for you. When the first cool day of fall has you ready to enjoy your fireplace or heating stove.

If you are ready to take care of and upgrade your fireplace this summer, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s three convenient locations! You can see all of our fabulous fireplaces, heating stoves and accessories to find your inspiration for summertime fireplace fixes.

Your gas fireplace requires annual maintenance, too!

Natural gas appliances burn cleanly and efficiently, putting off little smoke or particulate matter. Unlike wood stoves, they don’t lead to a buildup of creosote in your chimney. The cleaner nature of gas appliances is a large part of what makes them so popular. It also can lead people to assume that they don’t need to call in their chimney sweep annually to clean and inspect your chimney, but gas fireplaces and stoves require regular cleaning and maintenance, too!

Your gas fireplaces require annual maintenance too - Royal Oak MI - Fireside Heart and Home

Clear chimney blockages

It’s true that chimneys to gas appliances won’t become clogged with soot or creosote the way that chimneys to wood-burning appliances do. However, there are other reasons that an annual sweeping and inspection is crucial for chimneys to gas appliances. Your chimney can become clogged by more than just soot. Birds can nest in chimneys, and animals seeking a warm place during cold months can crawl into chimneys and become trapped. Twigs, leaves and other debris also can form blocks in chimneys. A blocked chimney can force deadly carbon monoxide back into your home, or it can ignite and lead to a damaging chimney fire.

Spot any problems

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that all chimneys are swept and inspected each year to prevent against dangerous chimney fires.  A chimney inspection ensures that there are no cracks, fire damage or other problems with your chimney. Any time there’s damage to your chimney, your home is put at risk of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

With a gas stove or fireplace, there are many parts that need to be inspected regularly to keep your appliance working safely. Valves and connections can develop leaks. Pilot lights, thermopiles or thermocouples can malfunction. It’s important to have a professional inspect all of these things annually because a malfunctioning gas appliance can lead to carbon monoxide leaks, gas leaks, bursting glass doors and even explosions.

Keep your stove or fireplace running efficiently

Your gas fireplace or stove can get clogged by dust and other debris. The gas logs break down over time, and can crumble into pieces that block fireplace or stove vents. A water-damaged chimney will crumble and can send debris tumbling into your fireplace or stove. If vents or other components in your gas appliance are blocked, that compromises the ability of your stove to operate as efficiently as it can. When you have your annual cleaning and inspection, your technician will clear any debris from the fireplace and vents, remove dust from the gas logs and make sure your gas logs are positioned ideally in the fireplace. Dust and debris also will be cleaned away from the glass doors so you can enjoy the view of your fire.

While gas fireplaces and stoves are much cleaner than wood-burning appliances, your gas fireplace or stove needs to be cleaned and inspected annually, too! If your gas appliance is due for a cleaning and inspection, call FireSide Hearth & Home to schedule an appointment today.

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