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Gas Fireplace Safety Tips to Protect Your Home From a Fire

A gas fireplace is an excellent alternative to the traditional masonry fireplace as it offers tranquil warmth with minimal tending and cleanup. However, there are a few risks that come with poor fireplace or chimney installation and maintenance. Here are some gas fireplace safety tips to protect your home.

Use Expert Gas Log Installation

Gas fireplaces are available as fireplace inserts, built-ins, and log sets. Fireplace inserts and built-ins are great options if you wish to retrofit your wood-burning fireplace with a more energy-efficient system. Log sets come with a gas burner and stack of ceramic refractory gas logs that burn serenely. The logs are available in different styles and colors, allowing you to customize your hearth

Instead of going through the hassle of looking for seasoned logs, you can opt to hire an expert. The Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration experts are CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified to provide proper chimney and gas log installation. Poor log selection can lead to creosote deposits, which increase your risk of fires. You’ll also benefit from the appropriate installation of timers and fan systems for even heat distribution. If you want to install gas logs in your home, contact the gas log installation experts at Valley Chimney.

Annual Inspections of Your Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplace inspections are crucial for the early detection of problems with the flame unit. Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration professionals follow the inspection protocols set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire safety inspections ensure the soundness of the structure’s interior and exterior.

The technician often checks the efficiency of the gas ignition system and makes sure there are no natural gas leaks or obstructions to the venting systems. They will also assess the extent of the log’s deterioration and recommend repairs or upgrades to your fireplace.

Gas Fireplace Maintenance is Important

Though gas fireplaces are highly efficient systems, they can benefit considerably from expert cleaning of vent and chimney residue. The junk and debris that accumulate in your chimney and vents usually arise from deteriorating logs that should be replaced. The debris may restrict airflow, lowering room air quality and the fireplace’s efficiency. Harmful chemicals can become trapped, which means they can be breathed in. Ensuring clear airflow is crucial to Gas Fireplace maintenance.

A scratched, chipped, or dirty glass cover may also interfere with your fireplace’s heat output and ambiance. The technician may clean it using approved products or replace the glass. Scheduling annual fireplace maintenance helps guarantee that your warming unit will remain efficient, and safe, all year round.

Basic Gas Fireplace Safety Tips

Hiring a licensed professional to install and link up your fireplace to a gas line is often a requirement for home fire insurance. By involving experts, you avoid losing out on compensation from the insurer for losses incurred from accidental fires. If you are looking to install a Gas Fireplace, contact the experts at Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration.

You should also install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. Adding sensors to each bedroom will keep your home’s occupants alert to fires even when soundly asleep. Finally, try to keep at least three feet of space between flammable objects and your fireplace to lower the risk of fires. For more general fireplace safety tips, visit our blog on 10 Fireplace and Chimney Safety Tips.

Choose Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration for Your Gas Fireplace Needs

Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration is committed to providing expert fireplace and chimney care services. Valley Chimney is a family-owned chimney service company that has served over 40,000 chimneys since its inception in 1978. Our clients are located in the far west suburbs of Chicago and receive quality services from our Certified Chimney Sweeps™.

We offer a wide range of professional chimney services. For well over 40 years, our primary company focus is to make residential chimneys safer to use. With constantly updated skills, techniques, and the latest equipment, our goal is to reduce chimney fire hazards and be your Chimney Sweep for Life. Contact Valley Chimney Sweep and Restoration now to enjoy a safe and dependable gas fireplace experience in your home.

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