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Leesburg, GA 31763

While it may still feel like summer outside, cooler temperatures will be here before you know it! There is nothing better than sitting in front of a fire when it’s cold outside, but to enjoy a fire this winter, you need to prepare your fireplace now. Now is the perfect time to go ahead and check that off your list, and we have some helpful tips for you! 


  • Clean around your fireplace. If you haven’t used your fireplace in a while, there may be lots of clutter lying around it that could pose a fire risk. Clear that out before lighting your first fire and make sure that rugs or furniture are a safe distance away. Now is also a good time to clean any dust or debris out of your fireplace and clear any dust out of your fireplace blower if it has one. This is a key step whether you have a gas or wood fireplace.


  • Inspect the fireplace gasket. Both gas and wood fireplaces may have a gasket around the door of the fireplace to keep smoke and gas from escaping and to keep too much oxygen from coming into the fire area. Gaskets like this need to be inspected at least once a year to make sure it’s still in good condition. 


  • Check your chimney cap. Your chimney should be capped to make sure that critters, rain, leaves, and more don’t come through your chimney. If your chimney cap is damaged or no longer there, you’ll need to replace it. 


  • Check the damper function. The damper on a chimney is a valve or plate that controls the airflow inside the chimney. It usually opens or closes through a push rod, rotary control, or pull chain. If you’re not using your fireplace, the damper should be closed. A good test of your damper function is just to try opening and closing it.


  • Check your pilot light. If you have a gas fireplace, you may have a pilot light rather than an electronic ignition. Look at your pilot light to make sure you don’t see any loose or exposed wires. If you don’t see any, test the pilot light. Contact Modern Gas if you do see loose wires or if you encounter a problem when testing it. 


If this sounds like a lot - don't worry. We've got you covered. Schedule your chimney sweep and inspection with Modern Gas. A dusty, dirty chimney can cause a fire, damaging your home or even causing injuries or loss of life. Having your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis by the professionals at Modern Gas is a great way to prevent this from happening. Modern Gas offers professional chimney cleaning, inspection, and repair that is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. 


Call us today at 229-435-6116 to schedule your appointment for a professional chimney cleaning and inspection!