Why Gas Fireplace Inspections Are Critical For Your Safety

Posted on: 4 August 2023

Although a gas fireplace is better than a traditional fireplace in many ways, there are safety risks that come with its use. An annual inspection of your fireplace is necessary not only to keep your utility bills reasonable but to protect life and property.

Gas Leaks

One of the biggest threats when having a gas fireplace is the risk of a gas leak. Fortunately, gas leaks are easier to detect than other problems because mercaptan is added to natural gas to give it an odor. Otherwise, it would be impossible to detect leaks until it's too late. If you smell gas, you should turn off the main gas line, if possible, and call the proper authorities. Gas leaks can occur at many places along the gas line, such as where the gas enters the home or at the ignition source. Depending on the type of ignition you have, you can face additional gas leak challenges. If your pilot light is always on, you will smell gas if the pilot light goes out. Regular inspections are used to ensure that the supply pipes do not have any cracks and that they have not been disconnected. Additionally, it is important to make sure your ignition is working properly, especially if you have a pilot light that is continually lit.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a serious threat, especially since the gas is colorless and odorless. In addition to regular inspections, you should have extra safety mechanisms, such as a carbon monoxide detector, and knowledge of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, such as nausea, headache, and loss of consciousness. Ideally, you will have several detectors installed throughout your home. The most important locations will be near the bedrooms in the home. People are most vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning when they are sleeping, so if a leak occurs, the detector will alert you of abnormal levels of gas near your sleeping area. Routine inspections also involve cleaning the system. This minimizes the chance of any obstructions that can prevent the system from ventilating, thereby causing dangerous gases to go inside your home.

Two of the biggest threats associated with a gas fireplace are gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. With routine inspections, you can continue to enjoy your gas fireplace with less risk of potentially life-threatening problems.

Reach out to a professional in your area to learn more about gas fireplace inspections