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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.

Why To Always Hire CSIA Certified Technicians

Every industry needs qualified and trained professionals in the field to ensure customers get the top-notch service they deserve. If you are looking to a hire a chimney company, be sure they have the qualifications necessary to get the job done right. It’s not uncommon for a business to claim they have extensive experience and a long list of certifications, without actually giving any details on these matters.

Don’t put your fireplace in the hands of someone unqualified. Rather, trust in our CSIA certified crew from the very start!

What Is The CSIA?CSIA Certified - Lake Norman NC - Sir Vent

Many companies, like us, promote their CSIA certification proudly, but what exactly does this mean? Well, the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) is non-profit organization that trains sweeps on how to provide the best chimney and fireplace care around. Along with this, they strive to keep the public educated on the best practices for maintaining their fireplaces.

The CSIA was established in 1983, and it has set the standard for chimney care ever since. Thanks to this organization, countless sweeps throughout the country have become better equipped to serve their customers and offer the high quality results homeowners deserve .

What Sets A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Apart

Every sweep that earns a CSIA certification must sign a Code of Ethics, ensuring they use their training to treat customers fairly and honestly. They also must promise to use respect and professionalism in all their services, as well as do their best to educate fireplace users on how they can use their system as efficiently and as safely as possible. This guarantees less house fires, less accidents, and less injuries.

CSIA certified sweeps must also continuously renew their certifications, ensuring they stay up-to-date on any and all of the latest advancements in the trade. In an industry that is ever-evolving, this is a must!

It’s a simple truth. Sweeps that are associated with the CSIA have a better handle on a homeowner’s chimney needs, and your fireplace will function better because of it. If you want the best of the best on the job, hire a sweep that knows their stuff. Our crew is happy to help you out!

About Our Credentials

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we take education seriously. Our team is equipped with both CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps and CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, so you can rest easy when we are handling all of your chimney and venting needs. We are also certified with the National Fireplace Institute, and we hold a membership with the National Chimney Sweep Guild, as well.

There’s no doubt that we know everything there is to know about your chimney and fireplace. If you want to ensure your system is running safely and efficiently for your family members, there is no better team to trust in the area! Give us a call today.

New Year, New Flue

Did you notice your chimney functioning less efficient as 2018 came to a close? Then, maybe it’s time to start the new year off right with a new flue liner! If your liner isn’t in good shape, you may start experiencing issues with your fireplace. A faulty liner also put you at risk for serious problems, which can put your family and home in danger. Don’t take any chances. Count on us to get the job done right for you!

Get Your Inspection Scheduled

stainless steel linerFirst, you’ll need to schedule an inspection with our CSIA certified team. This gives us the opportunity to see how your flue is currently operating and what repairs it needs. If we discover that relining work is necessary, we’ll be able to get a start on things right away. If not, we can move forward with whatever repairs are necessary for getting your system back to top efficiency!

Relining Your Flue

If your flue liner is cracked, crumbling, rusted, or broken down, then a new liner is necessary to guarantee a safer and more efficient chimney. Depending on the type of appliance you operate and the type of fuel you use, we will reline your system with the appropriate equipment.

We offer terra cotta clay tiles, aluminum, or stainless steel relining options. While more expensive than the others, stainless steel is typically the popular choice, due to its long-lasting durability and its versatility as it can be used with any type of fuel. This means, should you change fuel types down the line, you won’t have to worry about what your liner is made out of.

Functions Of Your Flue

So, why is a well-working flue so important? Well, there are a few reasons. First of all, your chimney liner protects your home from the intense heat that your fireplace produces. When you burn a fire in a system that isn’t properly lined, the high temperatures could trigger a fire in your home within a few hours! That’s a very unsettling thought.

An unlined flue also makes your brickwork and mortar more vulnerable to deterioration. As the acidic flue gases are given easy access to you masonry, and the fumes wear down your structure, your home becomes vulnerable to gas leaks. This puts you and loved ones at the risk of carbon monoxide exposure.

Finally, a properly lined flue leads to increased efficiency. You deserve to get the most from your appliance, so call us in today. We still have a lot of winter ahead of us, so pick up the phone and get in touch with our sweeps today!

How Does An Energy-Top Damper Work?

One great part of owning a fireplace is the ability to provide an alternate heat source for your home in the colder months. Many use their fireplace to save money on heating bills throughout the winter, and this method can work wonders if the system is running efficiently. Unfortunately, all too often, homeowners wind up losing a lot of heat out of the chimney when their fireplace is not in use.

If your monthly bills aren’t looking as good as you thought they would, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit. A lot of the time, heat loss out of the chimney can be prevented by simply installing a new damper! If you have a traditional throat damper in your system, talk with our team about upgrading to an energy-top damper. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

An energy-top damper is installed at the top of the flue, rather than the bottom, and it seals tightly, working hard to keep your home free from those nasty downdrafts. Learn more about their many benefits below!

Benefits Of Energy-Top Dampers

Since energy-top dampers are installed at the top of the flue, rather than the throat, no cold air can enter your chimney at all. This ensures no wintertime drafts will have access to your home at all, and it will make lighting fires easier, too! Along with this, they are known for having a tight seal, so you won’t have to worry about the chilly weather sneaking in through the sides of the device, like they are known for doing with a metal throat damper.

Energy-top dampers are also great because they work alongside your chimney cap to keep out water, debris, and animals. This means you definitely won’t need to worry about your system get clogged, which can cause problems with airflow and affect performance. Clogs also further the chance of experiencing carbon monoxide exposure and creosote accumulation.

Worried about how your new product will look with your current set-up? Don’t! Energy-top dampers have a streamlined look that can rarely be seen from the street when not in use. You won’t need to worry about the aesthetic of your home being compromised at all! They even come in different size and style options, so you can pick a model that works well with your home’s exterior.

Call Us In Right Away!

Christmas is just around the corner, so call us in today, so you’re all set and ready to go for any festivities you have planned. In fact, we can handle all of your chimney maintenance this season and for years to come! Book your repairs, inspections, sweepings, and more with us today. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call! We’re ready and willing to do everything we can to get you the best experience possible this winter.

Stop The Freeze/Thaw Process With Waterproofing

Cold weather can bring about a lot of fun moments as kids build snow forts, go sledding, and more. Snowy days also promote that festive, Christmas-y atmosphere that people cherish year after year and, if you ask us, nothing is better than gathering around the hearth on a chilly evening.

Unfortunately, this type of weather can also bring some issues when it comes to keeping your home and chimney better protected. One problem that is important to avoid is the freeze/thaw process. Learn more below, then contact us today for the best care in Lake Norman and its surrounding areas. SirVent Chimney has your back through it all!

What Is The Freeze/Thaw Process?

The freeze/thaw process occurs when temperatures go below freezing. Your chimney’s brickwork is very absorbent, so it can easily soak in a lot of water throughout the warmer months. When temperatures go below freezing, this pre-absorbed moisture will turn to ice and expand, causing your masonry to expand slightly, as well.

This ice will melt on warmer days, then freeze when the weather gets cold again. As the freeze/thaw process occurs multiples times a season, your chimney ends up facing a lot of wear! These small shifts may not seem like a big deal, but they wind up putting a lot of extra strain and pressure on your system, triggering all kinds of issues down the line.

All in all, moisture in and throughout your chimney’s masonry is something you want to avoid. Leaks and water damage can cause all kinds of deterioration to occur, and soon enough you’ll be facing cracks, holes, clogs, decay, rust, rot, and more. It’s not worth facing these expensive and timely repairs, when you can invest in preventative maintenance ahead of time!

Don’t compromise the structure of your chimney and fireplace. Get help from us today!

We Can Waterproof Your System

A surefire way to prevent water from soaking into your masonry is by investing in professional waterproofing services from our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service. Unlike many paints and sealers that you can buy from the store, we use products that are vapor-permeable, ensuring any moisture already inside of your system doesn’t stay trapped.

Working with our team will give you the protection and peace of mind you deserve this holiday season. Your system will be more durable than ever! The moisture already inside of the brickwork will be able to escape, but nothing else will be able to get in. Our products are the best around, so you can rest easy lighting countless cozy fires throughout Christmas and New Years. Trust in us for it all!

We Can Tackle All Of Your Chimney Needs

Along with waterproofing, we can provide inspections, sweepings, repairs, and more. Whatever you need to get your fireplace in tip-top shape, we can cover! We’re ready and eager to help, so give our team a call today. There’s no time to lose!