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If you notice a lot of carbon build up, or you’re not sure if your logs are safe, we can help make sure things are installed properly. Regardless of if you burn wood or gas, your fireplace system as a whole should still be inspected regularly. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Chimneys, “fireplaces and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Preventative maintenance is always the best policy.

A log lighter can be useful to help you light your wood. If you haven’t had your proper boy/girl scout training, this can be a harder task than you think. You will still need to manually light the log lighter with a long match or barbeque lighter, but you can easily shut it off with the gas key when finished.

There are many reasons this can happen. At times, it could be a construction defect, or installer error. Other times, the flue may have shifted in an earthquake, or a metal strap supporting a bend in the system could have failed. There are also instances where a chimney sweep unfamiliar with prefabricated metal fireplace systems may have disconnected the flue in the process of cleaning the flue, or removing the cap. In any of these cases, we are extremely knowledgeable and trained in repairs for getting your fireplace back to how it was intended.

Refractories are an important part of a prefabricated metal fireplace system that protect the sheetmetal walls of a fireplace. These can be damaged by overuse or overfiring the fireplace, or logs hitting the rear of the fireplace, etc. According to all manufacturers, if they have hairline cracking, they are still doing their job, so no need to replace them.

A chase cover is a part of a prefabricated metal fireplace system that covers the top of the chimney chase. Imagine an upside down cookie sheet with a hole in the middle. This protects your chase construction from water intrusion. Many times chase covers are installed in such a way that allows water to pool, eventually causing the cover to rust through. It also happens just being near the coast in salty air. We can replace these parts and install them properly to allow the water to run off, and alleviate some that possibility for rust damage.

Yes. In order to fully inspect your fireplace system, we must access the top as well. If your fireplace is serviced without having the top inspected, we would be doing you a disservice. There are many things we look for to make sure your fireplace is up to par, and not in need of repair. None of them should be overlooked if at all possible. There are some situations in which we may refer you to another local fireplace technician if we feel we would not be able to adequately service your fireplace.

Well that’s very good question. The answer is not at all! Our equipment has multiple filters to catch all of the fine particles coming from your chimney. We also cover up our entire workspace. There is no need to worry about clouds of soot, or muddy footprints left in your home. We will treat it like our own.

If you are noticing a longer drying time, it may be time to have the vent swept. Other signs include the dryer overheating, condensation present or excessive lint around the dryer area. If you let it go too long, it can be a fire hazard, as well as a large expense to repair your dryer. Your dryer is equipped with a fuse, which will disengage the heating element in your appliance when overheated. If this happens, not only will you need to service the dryer vent, you will also need an appliance technician to repair the dryer. Many customers over the years have replaced their dryer unnecessarily as well. It could be that you just may need a dryer vent sweep.

Factory built/prebabricated fireplaces – All manufacturers require that the glass doors be fully open when operating the fireplace with gas logs. Not partially open, FULLY OPEN. Partially opened doors as well as closed doors tend to cause spillage of the gases into the house.

Masonry fireplace – In this case, the doors are not a included part of a fireplace system, rather an accessory. They are a separate item placed over the opening of the fireplace. In some cases, they may have some inlet grills that allow enough air to enter into the fire chamber, even with the doors closed. Our recommendation still remains that you operate the fireplace with the glass doors fully open.

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