Paul's Corner


November 2011,
With the colder weather upon us our thoughts turn to keeping warm inside our homes. In addition to our homes primary heat source, many of us use either a fireplace, wood stove, space heater or some secondary heat source to take the chill out of the air. These systems need to be properly maintained and serviced so they can provide safe and economical heat. Gas fireplaces should be serviced every couple of years to ensure correct flame setting and reduce the amount of soot and acidic gasses that can be produced. The glass on your fireplace can be a great indicator of potential problems. An excess amount of white residue on the glass is a good indication that the unit needs service. You should never remove the glass front on a gas fireplace as this is sealed to prevent CO gasses from entering the living area. Be sure to clean all exterior fireplace vents to allow the fireplace to properly draw air into the flue. Always have a certified fireplace technician service and make necessary repairs. Wood burning fireplaces should also be cleaned to prevent buildup of creosote in the flue. Too much creosote can actually catch fire in the chimney. Again call a professional. Space heaters require special care so that they don't accidentally cause fire to objects around them. Units should have automatic shutoffs if they tip over and should never be left unattended. Common sense and regular routine maintenance will keep you safe and warm during the cold winter months.

All the best,

Paul Harmeier has taken his 25 years of expertise from working in the construction and building industry and created 20/20 Home Inspections, LLC. He believes in a higher standard of excellence and precision in the home inspection process. He is a skilled professional and sees to every detail of the home inspection process providing a fair and accurate evaluation of every home he inspects. Paul is certified through the American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) and a member of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). His customers have  found him "a pleasure to work with!" Give Paul a call today.
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