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An End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist

With temperatures in the Pacific Northwest still hitting the 80s, it’s hard to accept that summer is almost over. Nevertheless, September is almost upon us. With it comes rain and cooler temperatures, so now is a great time to go over your home maintenance needs while the weather is still sunny. Get Your Chimney Ready If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. It is recommended to clean your chimney once per year to help prevent build-up of dangerous substances that can cause a house fire or damage to the chimney itself. It is of the utmost importance that this job is done by a professional chimney sweep; the task is too important to leave […]

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Fireplace

Maintaining Your Outdoor Fireplace in Oregon

Because of weather and the elements, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor fireplaces generally require more care and attention than their indoor counterparts. Maintaining your outdoor fireplace might seem like an intimidating chore, but it can actually be pretty simple, regardless of material. Caring for Brick and Stone We decided to start this list off with the easiest material. Brick and stone fireplaces are sturdy, strong-looking, and, if we’re being completely honest, require practically no care at all. The only thing you really need to do for these fireplaces is scrub them with a brush every so often to get rid of ash and other forms of debris. Cleaning and Protecting Copper Copper is a great build material because […]

Remodel in the Summer for Luxury Fireplace in the Fall

Luxury Outdoor Fireplace

While it may seem counter-intuitive, summer is a great time to spruce up your property with an outdoor fireplace. Here’s how: An Outdoor Fireplace Extends Your Summer It might be wicked hot outside right now. You might be hiding indoors and adding extra heat to the outside might be the last thing you’re thinking about. But it won’t be quite so unbearable in a couple months, and by that time you will be glad to have a crackling fire on a cool night. And, if you’re the social type, your guests will be glad for that fire, too. Having an outdoor fireplace will help you extend the summer social season into the fall, and even into a mild Oregonian winter. Contractors […]

Save Money and Turn Off Your Pilot Light for the Summer

Turn Off Your Pilot Light

Your pilot light is probably the most forgettable thing in your house, contested only by your air filter and the fact that it’s now summer and you still haven’t done your “spring cleaning.” It’s out of the way, you can’t see it unless you look for it, and you probably don’t spend time near your fireplace since it is, again, now summer. Nevertheless, you’ll certainly remember that little pilot light when your bills are higher than they should be. Save Money On Your Bills Pilot lights, in case you don’t know, are a small, perpetually burning flame in the back corner of your fireplace that’s used to ignite the rest of your fire when you flick the switch. This flame […]