Fall is fireplace season, even if the weather in some parts of the country has felt warmer than usual this year.
But now temperatures have dropped and you’re ready to light your gas fireplace. And although gas insert fireplaces tend to require less upkeep than wood-burning fireplaces, it doesn’t mean they don’t need any maintenance.
As the Chimney Safety Institute of America notes, gas fireplaces may not produce soot the way appliances burning other fuels do, but they can still deposit corrosive materials in your chimney.
“In many cases, these acids may wreak havoc on your chimney without producing any external symptoms until the problem has become dangerous or expensive to repair,” the CSIA writes on its website.
Burning gas causes acidic water vapor to collect inside chimneys. This water causes corrosion, leading the mortar, liner and brickwork to crumble and flake. This debris can produce a blockage inside the flue, exposing residents to carbon monoxide.
Signs of a venting system problem include damp patches on walls, peeling wallpaper, blistered paint, stains on the ceiling around the chimney, eroded mortar joists and crumbling bricks.
The first step to correcting these issues in your gas fireplace is to have your chimney evaluated once a year by a professional chimney sweep. During the evaluation, the professional should:
- Examine the controls on your fireplace, especially the pilot light.
- Clean the fan and air passages
- Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working.
If you’re looking for someone to help maintain your gas inserts in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, look to Estate Chimney Sweep Inc. For more than 35 years, we’ve helped clients in Bucks and Montgomery counties keep their chimneys clean and their homes safe. We’ll make sure your fireplace keeps you warm this winter, no matter how cold the weather gets.