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Cleaning Fireplaces
If your home has a fireplace, the most important thing to keep you and your family safe is a clean fireplace. During the summertime when the fireplace is not used, animals can build nests on the inside, twigs and branches can clog up the chimney, and even the previous winters soot can build up, all creating dangerous situations. By keeping your fireplace clean, you can burn a fire safely and enjoy it without the worry of a fire.

If you have a new gas fireplace, you want to start by removing all of the protective labels and coatings found on the trim or glass. If not removed before starting a fire, they can catch fire and actually cause embers to fly into the room, starting a fire. Next, make sure there are no gas leaks. If you smell gas, immediately turn the main gas supply off and get in touch with your gas company right away. The area around the tube for the gas supply will need to be insulated and into the lower side of the valve cavity to avoid cold air leaks going into the heater exchanger. When you first light the unit, make sure the windows are open and allow it to burn for a few hours so the paint is cured.

If you have a new or an existing gas fireplace, you want to begin by vacuuming the fireplace out as well as the heat exchange area. This will help improve the heat efficiency and product better air quality. Be sure the glass of the fireplace is cleaned inside and out every year before the first burn and after the last burn. Any standard glass cleaner will work fine. Just be sure you never use any type of oven cleaner or scouring powder.

Next, you want to check of have checked the piezo igniter. Without turning the gas on, you want to see if there is a spark when you push the igniter button. Thi will ensure that when you start a fire, it is safe. Additionally, check the logs to make sure they are in the position there they should be. Also, be sure to check any remote controls, fans, thermostats, wall switches, and so on.

Of course, always make sure you read all of the fireplace light up procedures carefully. As you use your fireplace, if you notice any scratches or scuffmarks that you want touched up, be sure you only use temperature-matching touch up paint. Otherwise, you could be creating the potential for a problem.

Once the fireplace is clean and you have checked all the safety issues, you can enjoy years of a beautiful and warm fire without the concern of fire.

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