Backyard fireplaces are a great place to gather around at nearly any time of the year. Whether you use yours to roast marshmallows in the summer or stay warm in the winter while you enjoy the outdoors, you will love having a backyard fireplace right outside of your home. It’s important for you to maintain your backyard fireplace, though, so that you don’t ever run into any major issues with it. Here are a few basic tips for you to follow.
Keep plants away from the fireplace.
If there are any plants located in the general vicinity of your fireplace, you should make sure that you trim them and keep them as far back from the fireplace as possible. The plants could present a fire hazard if they get too close to the fireplace.
Sweep inside and around the fireplace regularly.
When you burn wood in a fireplace, it’s going to produce soot, ash, and other debris that will build up over time. The best way to deal with it is to sweep it up or vacuum it out before it builds up too much and presents problems for you. Even if you use a gas fireplace, it can leave soot and ash behind on the fake logs in it. Cleaning this up is essential.
Hire a professional to inspect and clean the chimney on your fireplace.
You wouldn’t use the fireplace inside of your home for long stretches of time without having it inspected and cleaned out, so don’t do it with your outdoor fireplace, either. Some people get too comfortable with the idea of letting their outdoor fireplace go for years without being swept out, and this can lead to catastrophic results. You should have a professional inspect your fireplace once every year to see what maintenance needs to be done to it.
Vista Pro Landscape & Design can help you install a fireplace in your backyard. We can also give you additional tips for maintaining it. Call us at 301-805-0119 in DC Metro, 410-878-2100 in Annapolis, or 703-652-4545 in Virginia today to find out more.