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Gas Logs Need Service Too

Homeowners who look for the convenience of a push button or switch start, a clean fireplace, and low-maintenance appliance often opt for gas logs. They are easily installed and maintained. However, like every other fire appliance in your home, they cannot be neglected or forgotten.

Gas Logs Need Service Too Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsProfessional Services for Gas Logs

  • An annual inspection.
    An annual inspection includes: assessing the connection to the fuel source, the soundness of the ventilation system, and the safety of all aspects of the fireplace.
  • A thorough cleaning.
    Gas logs are made of ceramic and refractory materials that create the aesthetics of a real fire. Having said that, the science of creating this “magic” can be affected by dust, dirt, and other debris. During a cleaning, the fireplace technician will clean the burners on the surface of the logs that release the gas to make the flame. If these become clogged, it won’t just affect the look of your fire. Consequently, it becomes a fire hazard! The ventilation system, whether chimney or vent will also be cleaned, along with the fireplace.
  • Professional installation and repair.
    It’s vital that you have your gas log set installed and repaired by a professional. In addition, one that is trained and experienced in fire science. Plus, knows how to properly connect the appliance to its gas source. There are some outdoor products that use propane that are easily installed by the homeowner. This is not to be confused with a gas log set! Only a certified chimney sweep can assess your chimney for use with gas or create an alternate route of safe ventilation.

What You Can Do

  • Schedule annual inspections.
    This may be the only time a professional has access to your gas log set. Most importantly, a fireplace and chimney expert will notice a problem before you do. It’s always easier and less expensive to catch a problem before it becomes a disaster.
  • Keep the fireplace clean and clear of debris.
    Also, a good rule of thumb is to clean the fireplace monthly, opening and cleaning the glass door, if it has one. Clean the fireplace screen, sweep the area, and wipe the logs with a clean rag. Be careful not to leave pieces behind!

What is the best way to prevent damage caused by fire, carbon monoxide intrusion, gas leaks, and excessive condensation? It is having your gas log set serviced regularly, just as you would any other heat appliance. A fireplace adds value to any home, and gas is an extremely convenient option, but must not be neglected.

Pristine Sweeps installs and services gas logs in the Seattle area, paying attention to local codes and industry safety standards. Call today to hear about our preventative maintenance and gas log upgrades today! Dial 206-574-8414 or request an appointment online.

A Fireplace Adds Value to Your Home

Home Value & Fireplaces Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsBy comparing modern homes to those built in the 1970s, you can see that fireplaces are not going out of style anytime soon! In fact, today 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace. What’s more, a 2012 survey reveals that a fireplace is an amenity homebuyers most want in a house. Not only is a homebuyer more likely to buy a home with a fireplace, but they even spend more money in order to have a home with at least one fireplace!

There isn’t any evidence that homebuyers care what type of fireplace is in the home, but it can be assumed the more efficient the better. When you choose a low-maintenance, efficient fireplace, the value rises. You may not be looking to sell your home, but there is always a good reason to add value to your home—especially with a fireplace.

  1. Refinancing. If you’re looking to refinance your mortgage loan, you can get a substantially lower interest rate if you update the home and increase value.
  2. Entertaining. If you love to host work or holiday parties, you could benefit from an upgrade. A fireplace is great for entertaining, offering the ambiance and comfort needed for parties year round.
  3. Supplementing Heat. When you choose to install a fireplace in your home, you’re investing in a zone heater that will bring your home heating cost down. If you choose a wood fireplace, you can save by cutting your own wood. If you choose a gas fireplace, you save by its highly efficient technology.

The Sales Floor

Every stove, appliance, and fireplace that Pristine Sweeps sells is top-of-the-market. We sell, install, service, and repair the best.

When you install a fireplace it adds value to your home immediately, but you can just as easily lose value by letting a fireplace and chimney system fall into disrepair. Once you have your dream fireplace, you want to maintain it for your safety and comfort, and to maintain the value of your home. Schedule chimney sweeps and inspections to avoid a costly repair later. In order to avoid a costly chimney repair, you may choose to install a vent-free, or direct-vent fireplace into your existing hearth, bypassing the chimney. This type of conversion can be done by a certified chimney sweep and adds value to the home just like any fireplace. In fact, gas sets and inserts are some of the most efficient appliances on the market—exactly what brings value to a home. Once you have your dream fireplace, you want to maintain it for your safety and comfort, and to maintain the value of your home. Schedule chimney sweeps and inspections to avoid a costly repair later.

If you’re looking to make a change, a fireplace expert at Pristine Sweeps is a phone call away. Call 206-574-8414 or make an appointment online.

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