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Tips for Maintaining Fireplaces

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

A wood-burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season:

Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s obstruction free and clear of creosote – a black, oily substance that can build up on the inside walls of the chimney. Because creosote is highly combustible, a thick accumulation creates a serious hazard that can put your home at risk of a major fire.

Feeding Your Fire – Use dry, well-seasoned hardwoods in your fireplace. Avoid using pine and other oily woods, as these will not burn cleanly. If you choose to use manufactured fire “logs”, do not burn them with real wood to avoid the possibility of serious flare-ups.

Plan Ahead – Keep the area around the hearth clear of debris, decorations, and flammable materials. Use a metal mesh screen that covers the opening, whether you have glass fireplace doors or not. Leave glass doors open while a fire is burning to ensure good ventilation and airflow.

When to Clean – During periods of heavy use, clean out the firebox regularly once the embers are cold. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the new fuel to heat faster and retain heat longer. Never use a vacuum to clean up fresh ashes, as embers can smolder for as long as several days after the fire is out, creating a real fire hazard.

Upkeep – Check that vents are unobstructed and able to do their job. If you have a fireplace fan, keep it clean. In non-wood burning fireplaces, clean and adjust glowing embers and logs for best appearance.

Cap Your Chimney – Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to deter animals from entering, help prevent water damage and keep debris from blocking the opening. A spark arrestor will prevent live embers from escaping the chimney and landing on your roof or on other buildings.

Use Common Sense – Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed, and always keep children and pets away from the fireplace. 

Be Community Aware – Many local ordinances prohibit the burning of wood, manufactured logs, or pellets on days or nights when the amount of particulate matter in the air reaches a predetermined level. Be sure to check with your local air quality district or fire department before lighting your next fire.

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com.

Investing in New York City with KSI Realty

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




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Tips For Fall Maintenance 2

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Fall is a great time to prepare the home for the upcoming season. It’s also a good reminder to check key areas around the home for defects or repairs.

We are pleased to share this list with you courtesy of the nationwide experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors:

INTERIOR

✓ Check ceiling & surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture
✓ Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet base
✓ Verify ceiling areas beneath bathrooms have no leakage
✓ Ensure all stairs & railing do not have any loose sections
✓ Test all fire & safety systems regularly, including carbon monoxide (CO) detectors
✓ Know the location of all gas shut-off valves

HEATING & COOLING

 Clean or change furnace filters every three months of operation
✓ Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated)
✓ Check fan belt tension and listen for unusual noises
✓ Keep area around heating and cooling equipment clear
✓ For boiler systems, check water level and shut-off valve for leaks
✓ Have system serviced annually prior to the start of the season

ELECTRICAL

✓ Periodically check exposed wiring and cable. Replace as necessary.
✓ Check all lamp cords, extension cords & receptacles for wear.
✓ Trip circuit breakers every six (6) months & ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) monthly to ensure proper function
✓ Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit
 If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, or any appliance sparks or shorts out, contact a licensed electrician for repairs

DOORS & WINDOWS

✓ Look for loose or missing glazing putty
✓ Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (e.g. wood and masonry)
 Check weather stripping
 Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens
✓ Inspect all window and door hardware

PLUMBING

✓ Check all faucets, hose bibbs and supply valves for leaking
✓ Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets and tubs. Check all joints for adequate grout.
 Inspect lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines
✓ Have the septic tank cleaned every two (2) years
✓ Check the main water shut-off valve for operation and leakage

ROOF

 Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles
✓ Look for open seams, blisters, bald areas on flat roofs
✓ Clean gutters, strainers and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from the foundation.
✓ Verify the attic has no evidence of any leaks
✓ Check flashing (sheet metal placed on joints of the roof to prevent water seepage) around all surface projections, sidewalls and protrusions
✓ Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof
✓ Check fascia (board or roof trim) and soffits (connecting the roof overhang and the side of your building)  for deterioration and damage

FOUNDATION & EXTERIOR

✓ Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration or efflorescence
✓ Inspect chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar or bricks
✓ Check grading for proper slope away from the foundation
✓ Verify basement and crawlspace has no moisture or leaks
✓ Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure
✓ Inspect all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for deterioration
✓ Cut back and trim all vegetation from structures

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com

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