Caring for Your Fireplace

A fireplace is a wonderful thing to have in your home, but there are some things that you should keep in mind to make sure that it is clean and safe. With some basic steps, your fireplace will provide you with years of quality service.

A wood fireplace will require more maintenance than its electric counterpart. The chimney and firebox will need to be cleaned out and checked periodically. This should be done by a reputable service provider. The company you choose should have expertise in recognizing problems and should employ modern techniques. One thing that may be used is a flexible camera that will get in the chimney and give the cleaner a better view of the entire area and any potential problems.

One thing that the homeowner can do is to make sure that any debris and soot is cleaned out after use. This will keep the firebox clean. There are also products that you can use to periodically clean out the walls of the chimney. By burning one of these special logs, it will remove any build up on the chimney walls. These are recommended, but are no replacement for regular cleaning by a professional.

Electric fireplaces require much less maintenance.  They should be checked every five years by a professional. Glass doors should be cleaned and the fire bricks and stones should be replaced every few years.

The fireplace screen is something that should remain intact and clean. It is the barrier between the fire and the room, so it needs to be functional. If it is a screen that is permanently attached, it should move easily and close tightly. Glass doors should be cleaned yearly if not more frequently and this should be done with a specially made cleanser. Using a household cleaner or glass cleaner is not recommended.

With proper care, you will be sure to enjoy your safe fireplace for many years to come.