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Fireplace Maintenance Tips for the Fall

Fall-Ready Fireplace Maintenance

Colder weather is well on its way here in the Pacific Northwest and that means it’s time to make sure your home is ready! Here’s what you need to know about fireplace maintenance to prepare for the changing seasons: Feeling the Louvers Louvers are designed to circulate air and pull it into the fireplace – that means if there’s anything on the floor or hearth around it, it’s going into the flames. Dust, pet hair, cobwebs, small scraps of paper, and so on could all be whisked up. It is vitally important to keep the area in and around your fireplace free of debris, so you should dust, sweep, and vacuum it regularly to keep your fireplace burning comfortably and […]

Fireplace Safety Tips for the New Fireplace Owner

Fireplace Safety

You’ve signed every paper, unpacked every box, and jumped through every single hoop to purchase and move into your new home. Not only that, but you finally have a fireplace—something you’ve always wanted, but didn’t have before. Now that you have the home and fireplace of your dreams, make sure to learn not only how to use the fireplace, but how to use your fireplace safely. Keep It Clean First and foremost, have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected by the pros. This small investment in time and money is not only the responsible way to perform fireplace maintenance, but also is crucial to protect your home. Creosote buildup in a chimney means higher risk of a house fire, […]

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 […]