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Spring Is Coming! What To Look For In Your Chimney

Your Chimney When it Gets ColdWarm weather is nearly here, the snow is melting, and SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is so excited to help you with all of your spring and summer chimney needs! Most people assume that once the burning season ends, they can shut down their fireplace and put it to the back burner until fall comes back around. This really isn’t the best practice, and we’re here to tell you why! Give us a call right away, so we can ensure your fireplace stays in the best shape possible all year long.

Debris Build-Up

One thing we like to check for in the spring is build up within your chimney. A lot of people wait until fall to invest in their inspections and sweepings, but this isn’t always a good idea. Your fireplace goes through plenty of wear and tear throughout the winter months and when accumulated debris and absorbed moisture just sits in your chimney all summer long, it could lead to decay down the line.

Getting things cleared out and swept away right off the bat ensures your system stays fresher and cleaner all summer long. This not only protects your chimney from breaking down… it prevents bad odors from swooping through your living room throughout those warm, muggy days. It’s an easy choice to make. Call us to take a look at your system today!

Cracks, Holes & Deterioration

As we said, your chimney goes through a lot over the holidays and during those cold nights of winter! You may be in need of repairs without even realizing it. Should cracks and holes be present, it’s important to address them as soon as possible, as these things will only worsen over time. Getting our certified staff on the job right away is your best bet for saving money and stress down the line. Don’t let quick fixes turn into costly repair jobs… pick up your phone, so we can get an inspection in right away!

Along with this, repair jobs typically produce much better results in warmer conditions. Our materials will have the chance to properly cure, and our staff will stay safer, too! Why wait? Call now!

Replacement Parts

Unfortunately, it’s not at all uncommon for some of your chimney parts to break down over time, and you’re most likely going to see these issues after longer periods of use. Whether your damper is rusted, your chimney cap is busted, your flashing is torn, or your masonry is crumbling, our experienced team can help you out! Count on us to get the job done right, so you can use your fireplace with peace of mind, no matter what time of year it is.

Schedule Your Appointment Now!

One of the greatest parts about scheduling your chimney maintenance early in the year is the opportunity to beat the rush in the fall time. Like we said, most homeowners wait until the last minute to get their inspections done, and should they need repairs, they get stuck waiting around until we can schedule their next appointment. We don’t want you to have to wait to use your fireplace when cooler temps come back around! Get your chimney work done now, so you can rest easy when the leaves start to drop this autumn.

HeatShield Chimney Liners

Is your chimney liner showing signs of distress? At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, our CSIA certified crew can restore or reline your chimney or flue, no problem! Count on our experienced and qualified staff to get the job done right the first time, so you don’t have to face more problems down the line. When you work with us, you can rest easy – we’ve got your back through it all!

About Your Liner

HeatShield Chimney Liners - Lake Norman NC - SirVent CharlotteThe team at SirVent uses the best tools and products available for our jobs because we believe that our customers only deserve the best. This is especially true for your liner because it plays such an important role in how well and how safely your fireplace functions! Your liner provides a shield for your masonry, so the heat and flames from your fire won’t destroy it. Without a chimney liner in place, your brickwork and mortar will melt, crack, and crumble, making your system unsafe for regular use and shortening the lifespace of your chimney.

In addition, a chimney liner isolates the intense temperatures in your fireplace. Without this barrier in place, adjacent woodwork could catch fire in only a matter of hours! Lastly, your flue enhances efficiency. With a well-functioning liner in place, your fireplace will run better than ever and you won’t have to stress about the comfort and safety of your family throughout your burning season.

Why We Trust HeatShield

If you’ve worked with us in the past, then you know how seriously we take our job. Keeping homes throughout our service area as safe as possible is why we do what we do, and we want to ensure your home is in the best hands available. That’s why we trust HeatShield! HeatShield is the number one pick by sweeps all throughout the country, and it provides a seal unlike any other.

The creators of HeatShield are well aware of the dangers a faulty liner can present. They’ve built this product to protect homeowners from fire and hazardous toxins. We use HeatShield because we know it gets the job done!

Investing In Regular Maintenance

Our team can repair, restore, or replace your chimney liner as needed and, once we’re through, we encourage you to depend on us for your yearly maintenance down the line. Annual inspections are recommended by the CSIA, and they provide a surefire way to spot damages, clogs, and obstructions before they get worse. Addressing repairs as soon as possible is the best way to save money in the long run. It ensures your home and family stay safer, too! Call us now to get your next appointment on the books!

How To Spot Winter Chimney Damage

We still have some winter ahead of us, but the end is at last in sight. In just a couple of short months, we’ll be able to enjoy warmer weather and longer days. Yet, in all the fun that comes along with higher temps, don’t neglect your fireplace and chimney! Many wrap up their burning season and call it good, without considering the harmful effects that winter weather may have had on their chimney.

Learn more about potential damages you could face, then count on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service to help you out. Your fireplace will be good as new and looking better than ever in no time! Spotting Winter Chimney Damage - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

Effects Of Excess Moisture

One of the biggest issues we see after winter is water damage throughout your masonry. Excess moisture in your system will lead to countless issues and, when you don’t resolve them in a timely manner, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. Some things you’ll notice are rust, mold accumulation, clogging, and decay – and that’s just some of many!

When things build up in your chimney and your flue gets clogged up, your system won’t function as efficiently, and it makes lighting fires more dangerous, too. Count on us to get things done right the first time. We can handle all of your repairs, restorations, and more!

Beware The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another big thing to be aware of in the winter is the freeze/thaw cycle. The freeze/thaw cycle is what happens when the absorbed water in your brickwork freezes and expands. This puts a lot of extra pressure on your masonry and it opens things up so that more water can enter. It’s not uncommon for this cycle to occur multiple times a winter, all in all putting tons of extra stress your entire structure. Eventually, your chimney could settle or collapse, putting your home in danger and costing you thousands in repair work.

Avoiding Damages Down The Line

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to invest in preventative measures. Once your chimney is repaired and in tip-top shape again, ask us about our waterproofing services! Waterproofing is a surefire way to stop water from entering your brickwork. Along with this, our products are vapor permeable, so you won’t have to worry about toxins and moisture getting trapped. At SirVent Chimney, we only use the best of the best!

We also encourage you to invest in products that keep water out. This includes a chimney cap and flashing, both of which stop rain and snow dead in their tracks! We also suggest having your chimney crown looked at and, if necessary, repaired. All of these parts play a huge role in preventing water damage, and each needs to be in optimal condition to do its job effectively!

Call us in for an inspection, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with everything you need for the rest of the winter. Once we’re done, you’ll be good to for years to come!

Solving Chimney Draft Issues

Whether you have smoke pouring into your living room or cold gusts of wind swooping down your chimney, draft issues are never fun to deal with. Luckily, the staff at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to help you out! We’ve got the skills, expertise, and training necessary to help you out with any fireplace or chimney problems you may be facing. We can also handle all of your annual maintenance. Give our techs a call today, so that we can set you up right this winter!

Is It Time For A Sweeping?

Solving Chimney Draft Issues - Lake Normal NC - SirVent CharlotteOften times, issues with draft can be solved with a simple sweeping. This is maintenance that you should be scheduling at least once per year so, if you’re overdue, it’s time to call us in right away! Once we get the opportunity to take a look inside your system, we can determine whether or not there is creosote accumulation or blockages present in your chimney. If so, these may the root of your drafting problems.

If you need your chimney swept, there’s no one better than our team to do the job! Our CSIA certified staff is thorough and reliable after undergoing extensive training. Say good-bye to dangerous creosote buildup, animal nestings, and more… we’ve got you taken care of!

Do You Need Repairs?

Another big reason that drafts occur is because the fireplace or chimney needs some damages repaired. Cracks, holes, gaps, and other types of deterioration will trigger problems with airflow, and they make your system unsafe for regular use, too. You may need a few leaks patched up or maybe a relining job is in order. No matter the issue, we take care of it.

If you’re ready to learn more about all of the chimney repairs we can handle, give us a call or feel free to check us out online. We’re certain our staff can tackle any job you throw our way with the professionalism and respect you deserve. Contact us now!

Is A Bigger Project Necessary?

If you’ve tried multiple fixes for your drafting problems and nothing seems to be working, it may be time to invest in some reconstruction work. Sometimes a chimney was just built poorly from the start, requiring you to adjust height and size. This may be something you dread pouring money into but, once it’s done, you’ll be happy you did it! Your fireplace will work better than ever, and you won’t have to deal with nasty smoke in home again.

No matter the problem, we can troubleshoot it, then point you in the right direction. We can’t wait to set you up right, so that you can enjoy your fireplace to fullest this winter! Give us a call today!

How To Properly Dispose Of Fireplace Ash

If you own a wood-burning fireplace, you may be wondering about the best techniques for ash removal. Or maybe you haven’t given it much thought at all… just toss the ash in the trash and call it good, right? Wrong! Improper disposal of fireplace ash could lead to some potentially dangerous situations for your home and family as embers in the ash can stay alive for days on end.How To Properly Dispose Of Ash Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we want to help you stay as safe as possible in 2018. Study our tips below for how to properly remove fireplace ash, then count on us for all of your fireplace and chimney maintenance needs. Together we can make this year the best one yet!

Do You Have The Right Tools?

First things first, proper ash removal requires the proper equipment. Use a metal scoop to remove the ashes, then place them in an appropriate storage container to ensure no accidental fires are started throughout the home.

Your ash bucket should be made of metal and slightly raised at the bottom so that the bucket itself does not touch the floor. It should have a handle, so that it can be transported easily, without harming the person moving it. The bucket should also have a lid, so that no oxygen can get in and ignite any stray embers. Investing in a good, sturdy pail from the start will benefit you greatly down the line – it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase!

Where To Store It

Once the ash has been placed in the proper container, it should be kept in it for multiple days. Never leave the bucket on a wooden or flammable surface. It should be placed on metal, brick, or concrete to eliminate any chance of your home’s woodwork catching on fire.

When your bucket is filled and placed in a safe environment, there’s no rush to empty it. In fact, the longer it sits, the better! You deserve to rest easy as we enter 2018, so take all of these steps into account. Follow them every single time you remove your fireplace ash. You’ll gain the peace of mind you deserve, and you’ll ensure your home and family are staying as safe as possible!

Why Removing Ash Is Important

Getting ash out of your fireplace regularly is an important step in fireplace maintenance. We understand it may not be a fun job, but it’s necessary for the health of your system. You’ll be happy you did it down the line. When too much ash is present, it can actually draw in moisture that will trigger rust, and damage your masonry and brickwork. A small layer of ash is fine, and can even be helpful for starting for future fires, but once it starts to pile up, it should definitely be removed as soon as possible.

For more help with your chimney or fireplace, give the CSIA certified staff at SirVent Chimney a call today – we can’t wait to help you out soon!