Grill Maintenance from The Rochester NY Home Inspector

Summer is the most popular time to fire up the grill. Grease, marinades and sauces can ruin gas burners, while charcoal grills are affected by the corrosive properties of charcoal.

Grills of all kinds require maintenance to ensure that they perform well and last. Regular maintenance allows you to catch problems early on.

• Grills with welded joints or connections with pop rivets can rust. Scrub rust off with a stiff wire brush or coarse steel wool.

• Apply a rust-inhibiting primer and paint the grill’s exterior with rust-resistant metal paint.

• Replace damaged grill wheels, handles or other damaged parts of your grill by contacting the manufacturer.

• Clean the burners, while the unit is cold, using a stainless steel wire brush to remove any substances from a traditional gas burner.

• Keep grill grease traps clean and drained. Large pools of grease can ignite.

• Keep your grill covered when not in use. Covers should have a cloth lining to draw moisture away from the metal.

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