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.
- 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.