Get the Most Out of Your Fireplace in Summer

Do you have a nice fireplace that pretty much just sits there during the summer months? You can get creative and make the appliance quite attractive after you’ve finished using it for the season. You can also see to some necessary maintenance. Doodlebuggers Fireplace, Grill & Outdoor Store of Pensacola, FL, and Destin, FL, would like to share a few summer-usage tips for your fireplace and some important information about fireplace and chimney service.

Fireplace Services Pensacola, FLHow to decorate and spruce up your fireplace this summer

When you finally stop using your fireplace during the burning season, consider making it an attractive attention-getter. The first step is to clean the firebox with a vacuum and a good cleaning solvent. Now that you’ve got a clean space, what do you want to do with it?

You can add:

  • Candle arrangements
  • Colored lighting or lamps
  • Kids’ artwork from school
  • Flower bouquets in vases
  • Empty decorative vases
  • Antiques
  • A fancy fireplace screen

and anything else that strikes your fancy.

Don’t ignore the area outside the fireplace

Your fireplace mantel can be part of your summer fireplace decorating scheme. Mantels can hold everything from photos and portraits to potted plants and fancy clocks. A handsome set of fireplace tools might be just the thing to give your fireplace a kick of zest, even if you never really use the tools. Modern tool sets look classy and elegant.As to the wall into which your fireplace is set, consider a fireplace surround with real or faux stone, brick, wood or marble. You can get a wide range of surrounds that are premade and ready to install. For a more custom look, work with a builder who specializes in hearth renovations and surrounds.

Summer is the right time for fireplace maintenance

When you’re done using your fireplace for the year, it’s a good idea to schedule some routine maintenance. This includes:

A complete fireplace and chimney inspection: When performed by a licensed professional, an inspection will be able to turn up early signs of damage, decay and malfunction within your chimney/fireplace system. You can then have repairs made in time for the fall and winter. Inspections should be performed on both gas and wood fireplaces.

A thorough chimney sweep: Chimney sweeping (or chimney cleaning) is a critical maintenance task if you use a wood-burning fireplace. Your chimney technician will remove flammable creosote from the flue and also get rid of any debris that may have found its way into the chimney. For gas units, your technician will clean out excess particulate matter that has accumulated in your venting.

Chimney Inspection Panama City Beach, FLWhy you should schedule this work in the spring or summer

There are two reasons why spring and summer are the best times for chimney services:

– If any damage needs repairing, the work will get done in time for the colder season.

– Fireplace and chimney companies are typically very busy in the fall and early winter. You’ll find it easier to schedule a service call during the summer months. Keep your chimney and fireplace safe and healthy Doodlebuggers is ready to help with all your chimney and fireplace maintenance needs. Count on our skilled crew to do the job right the first time. Reach a fireplace expert today at (850) 779-2567 in Pensacola, FL, or at (850) 779-4998 in the Destin, FL, area.

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