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Invest In Chimney Caps & Chase Covers To Prevent Leaks

Worried about spring showers wreaking havoc on your chimney system? There is no doubt that water and excess moisture can cause a lot of damage, so investing in adequate protection is a vital step for ensuring your fireplace is efficient and safe. Fortunately, the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service have just what your system needs to stay in good condition for many years.

What Is A Chimney Cap?

A chimney cap serves an important purpose when it comes to preventing water damage. It covers your flue opening. If heavy rain starts, no water will get into your chimney with a chimney cap. Chimney caps are a must, especially this time of year. It is an affordable investment, as well.

Chimney caps also stop stray sparks from landing on your roof, and they prevent downdrafts, block excess debris, and keep out curious animals. All in all, they work really well to keep your home and chimney protected. They even offer a better functioning system too.

What Is A Chase Cover?

Depending on how your chimney was built, a chase cover may be necessary. Chase covers goes on top of the opening of prefabricated units, so water cannot penetrate. When designed and installed correctly, a chase cover will direct water away from your chimney, ensuring no moisture enters the flue to destroy your liner.

Types Of Water Damage

Water can affect your chimney in multiple ways. First, it can penetrate your brickwork, triggering the freeze/thaw process. This can cause all kinds of decay and deterioration to occur. When cracks and holes start to form in your structure, your fireplace becomes unsafe for use and is a bit of an eyesore too.

Along with this, metal components will start to rust, and you might notice rotting throughout your system. This causes mold accumulation, stains, and stubborn clogs, and quite a mess on your hands. All of these issues take quite a bit of time and money to resolve, making preventative maintenance a worthwhile investment.

Talk With Us Today

If you talk with our team today, we can easily find solutions that suit your needs. When it comes to water damage and moisture exposure, the sooner you address the problem, the better. We provide fast, efficient results.

Our crew is CSIA certified, members of the NCSG, and we have the experience you are looking for. We can’t wait to help you out!

Crown Repairs This Spring

Spring rains are coming, so you better ensure your masonry is prepared for it. If you have a chimney in your home, then you likely know how detrimental water can be to its structural soundness. Water in your chimney will likely cause a lot of deterioration, and it can also lead to clogging, rust, mold accumulation, rotted woodwork, and a whole list of other problems, as well. This is why investing in preventative maintenance is so important.

There are many things we can do to reduce your risk of experiencing water-related damages and excess decay. Things like chimney cap installation, flashing repair, waterproofing, and more all play an important role in preventing leaks, but today we are going to focus on chimney crown repair.

What Is A Chimney Crown?

The chimney crown sits on the top of your chimney and slants downward, ensuring water moves out and away from your brickwork and mortar. It plays a significant role in preventing water damage, and it should be regularly inspected and maintained to help it appropriately do its job.

So, what is it made from? A chimney crown needs to be made from the correct materials or else it will likely crack and deteriorate prematurely. Unfortunately, they are all too often formed from a mortar mix, which will not stand the test of time like a more appropriate cement-based product.

Trusting in a team of professionals to set you up right from the get-go is always the way to go. Let the crew here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service look things over to ensure you get the protection you need throughout the months ahead. Investing in preventative measures now is always a better option than shelling out money for expensive repairs later on, so give us a call today.

What To Expect From Us

When you call us in to address problems with your chimney crown, we will first assess whether or not we can repair the structure without having to do an entire rebuild. In some cases, all we will need to do is seal up some cracks and holes, and you will be good to go!

Other times it is not quite so simple. If you need a rebuild, this will obviously take a bit more time, but it is nothing our team of CSIA certified technicians can’t handle. That being said, the sooner we can get started, the better off you will be down the line. If your burning season has recently come to an end, then now would be the perfect time to book an appointment with our team. Call right away, and we will set something up.

Don’t Forget About Waterproofing

Once we are done getting your crown back into shape, count on us for waterproofing services, too. We can waterproof you crown, as well as your masonry, to ensure those harsh rains do not stand a chance. Come next fall, your system will be standing strong and looking great. All you’ll need is a quick inspection, and you will be good to light as many fires as you’d like!

Now is the perfect time to address any and all of your chimney repairs. Work with us today.

We Keep Gas Appliances Working Like New

Many homeowners nowadays are making the switch to gas-fueled appliances. If you are part of this group, you may be wondering what type of maintenance your system needs, as well as how often this should be performed. Gas appliances and fireplaces are no different than any other fuel type in that they need an annual inspection to perform as safely and as efficiently as possible. If you have yet to invest in yours, give our team a call today.

The Advantages Of Gas-Fueled Appliancesgas fireplace within white and black mantel in a home

So, why are so many converting to gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts? Well, for one thing, they function very efficiently, allowing more heat to enter your living space. This not only makes things more comfortable and cozy on cold, winter days, it lowers your energy bills, too! Turn down the heat, and turn on your gas fireplace for a warm and toasty evening, guaranteed.

Another big advantage of gas appliances is how easy they are to use. No hauling wood, no building or maintaining a fire, and no constantly adjusting your damper. Just flip the switch and you are all set. Ready to call it a night? Flip it off, and go to bed. It’s simple, efficient, and perfect for those with a busy schedule.

Along with this, there is basically no mess involved with gas units. Wood-burning options leave behind ash and little pieces of wood, which requires a lot more maintenance overall. If you want to keep your space neat and tidy, while still enjoying the comforts of a fireplace, this is the way to do it.

Finally, there are many stylish designs you can invest in, so you won’t need to worry about finding the right fit for your decor. Explore your options today, then work with us to get your dream setup installed fast. The CSIA certified team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is excited to set you up!

What To Expect From Us

So, what can you expect when you call us in? Well, our team has studied with the National Fireplace Institute, so you can rest easy knowing we have got you covered, no matter what. When we inspect your gas appliance, we will check the burner and the logs, cleaning both of them in the process, and we will test and clean the pilot light, as well.

We will also check the gasket seal, test the gas valve, clean the glass doors, and look your venting system over for any obstructions or clogs. If we find a problem that needs fixing, we will let you know and advise you on the next best steps to take for resolving it.

From installations to inspections to repair work and more, there is not a lot we cannot do for you. If your gas appliance is not giving you the results you are hoping for, don’t hesitate to give our team a call right away. We are dedicated to serving you!

We Install, Service & Clean Dryer Vents

Were you aware that dirty dryer vents can impact the safety of your home significantly? If your dryer cannot properly vent, the heat and fumes build up and could easily start a fire. It does not take long for the flammable lint in your system to catch flames, which could easily spread through your home and cause damage and injury.

Along with this, obstructions in your vents can lead to carbon monoxide backing up into your home. This colorless, odorless gas is very dangerous and can be deadly when not detected right away. Avoid exposure at all costs by investing in regular maintenance for your gas appliances and by purchasing carbon monoxide detectors for your home.

If you are concerned about the health of your dryer vents, get in touch with our qualified crew today. We would be more than happy to help you out!

Signs of Dirty Dryer Vents

So, how can you know for sure that your vents need attention? Well, first of all, if it has been over a year since your last cleaning it is always best to have a professional check things over. Annual maintenance guarantees your appliance will run as safely and as efficiently as possible month after month.

Along with this, consider how quickly or slowly your clothes have been drying. If you have to run the same load through the dryer multiple times before everything is dry, then there is definitely a problem. Most people are quick to blame the machine itself, but more often than not, the issue can be resolved with a simple cleaning.

Other signs include high temperatures in the laundry room, lint in and around the dryer, clothes being hot after drying, a strong/musty odor, and the appliance itself seeming warmer than normal. Keep your senses aware to anything that may be off, so you can have the problem addressed before more dangerous scenarios can occur.

We Are Certified With The CSIA

If you have worked with us in the past, then you likely know we are CSIA certified to handle any and all of your chimney or fireplace-related needs. But did you know we are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, as well? That’s right. When it comes to providing our customers with the best of the best, we never settle for less.

What does this mean exactly? To become a CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, you must undergo training and take an extensive exam to ensure you are up-to-date and knowledgeable on all of the proper techniques. This is the only nationally recognized credential when it comes to dryer vent services, and we are proud to maintain it!

So, what are you waiting for? The time to count on our qualified and experienced crew is now. We can’t wait to speak with you soon!

The Dangers Of Not Capping Your Chimney

Every piece of your chimney’s anatomy serves an important function, unfortunately, some of these parts tend to get less attention than others. For example, the chimney cap is hard to see and does not always need much maintenance. Therefore, many people underestimate its vital role. If your cap is missing or broken, you may not see any immediate need for action. However, the truth is, you should get things repaired as soon as possible to avoid damage and threats to your home.

A chimney cap is an affordable investment. At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we can install a new one for you in no time. If you need help, count on our team right away!

Avoiding Water-Related Issues

chimney capWater can wear down your brickwork and masonry in a hurry, so doing all you can to prevent it from entering your chimney is a must. Chimney caps play a major part in this! Chimney caps cover your flue’s opening, so that water and excess moisture does not have easy access. This keeps both your masonry and liner in better condition.

Is water damage really that big of a deal? Yes, we would have to say so. The more your masonry deteriorates, the higher your risk is for experiencing bigger problems like a chimney collapse or settlement. Along with this, gaps and openings throughout the structure encourage things like carbon monoxide, smoke, and other gases to enter your home, which all can trigger serious illnesses.

Preventing Clogs & Obstructions

Another reason why chimney caps are so important is because they block out animals and excess debris from entering your chimney. Between leaves and twigs getting blown in by the wind and woodland critters, your chimney can get clogged up fast, which inhibits air flow and decrease efficiency.

Poor air flow can leave you with a smokey living space, and it encourage the build up of creosote too. Creosote is highly flammable, so having a lot of it in your chimney could put you in serious danger! When clogs are present, your system will not run as efficient, and you may face big and expensive damages there after.

Invest In A Chimney Cap Today

A chimney cap is an incredibly worthwhile investment, and having one installed will save you a lot of money down the line. If you are not sure what condition yours is in, call in our crew for an inspection. We can look things over and make sure you are adequately set up to avoid damage and deterioration.

There is no time to lose. Chimney caps are one of the easiest ways to avoid costly and time-consuming repairs, so ask our team about getting yours today.