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What Water & Moisture Can Do To Your Chimney

You may be aware that water and excess moisture are not good for your chimney, but many underestimate just how damaging these elements can be. As we enter the summer months, ensure your system is adequately protected through the rain. Learn more about the potential damages you could face below, then count on our team to provide the care and protection you need to put your mind at ease.

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Rusting Metal Components

When your chimney is exposed to water, any metal components will be prone to rust and wear down. A prime example is your chimney flashing. Animals or poor installation can easily damage your damper, causing water to pool or enter the system.

No matter what problems your flashing is facing, we can help. We repair and replace flashing all throughout Lake Norman and its surrounding areas, and we can get yours addressed in no time, too. With the rainy season upon us, there is no time to lose, so give our team a call today. We can set you up right!

Broken Down Masonry

If there is one part that is sure to suffer from prolonged water exposure it is the masonry. Your brickwork and mortar become especially vulnerable when they start to absorb water, causing cracks, gaps, and holes to form all throughout your structure. This leads to inefficiency, and it makes you more prone to experience house fires and gas leaks, too.

Fortunately, protecting your masonry is easier than ever when you invest in waterproofing services from us. When we are called to a job, we provide services necessary for patching up any existing damage, then we cover the brickwork with our effective waterproofing products, guaranteeing your chimney years of protection from rain and snow. Schedule your waterproofing services today!

Rot, Clogs, Mold & More

The list of water-related woes is seemingly never-ending when it comes to your chimney. Mold could accumulate, your adjacent woodwork could rot, debris is sure to accumulate and cause clogs, stains might form throughout your walls, and those problems are just a few of many. Why not invest in the preventative care you need to avoid these issues altogether? All it takes is a simple phone call to our team to get this process started!

Why Is SirVent The Team To Trust?

The SirVent team has years of experience in the service industry, and we work with organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, and more to ensure we have the knowledge and training necessary to do a thorough and effective job every single time. If you would like to work with a crew that puts your needs and safety first, then look no further than us. SirVent has your back every step of the way.

Ready to get started? We are, too! Call today to book an appointment with us.

Invest In An Energy-Top Damper For A Cooler Home This Summer

Many love the summertime heat but that doesn’t mean you want to be exposed to it in your home. A cool home feels great on a hot day but sometimes the fireplace can ruin this. Don’t let your cold air escape up the chimney this summer!

white brick house with white brick chimney and cap

This not only makes it hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, it can put a strain on your monthly energy bills, as well. The harder your AC is working, the more you’ll wind up paying, putting a dent in your bank account and triggering a lot of stress.

If you are looking for a solution that will last for the long haul, consider investing in an energy-top damper. Learn more about these below, then call in our team right away, so we can get yours installed.

All About Energy-Top Dampers

How does an energy-top damper work? Similar to throat dampers, they can be opened and closed with a chain or handle located inside of your fireplace. Rather than being installed at the base of your chimney, they are installed at the top of it. Why is this better? It allows them to work similarly to a chimney cap to keep birds, rain, and debris out of your chimney.

Along with this, they provide a tight seal with a rubber gasket ensuring no air gets in and no air gets out when the damper is not in use. There’s no doubt about it. When you invest in an energy-top damper, you get the protection you deserve!

To top it off, energy-top dampers are known for their streamlined appearance, ensuring your curb appeal is not affected at all. In fact, when closed, most cannot be seen from the street. There is no doubt that these are a solid investment for your home and chimney. Get in touch with our sweeps today to get yours installed!

What If I Already Have A Throat Damper?

Throat dampers work ok, but they don’t do a great job of keeping conditioned air inside. Because they are made of metal, they do not seal very well and are prone to rust. Rust can make them hard to operate and warp the metal.

If you are ready to get the upgrade you deserve, count the SirVent Chimney team every step of the way. Our crew is CSIA and NFI certified, members of the NCSG, and equipped with everything necessary to get the job done right. So, what are you waiting for? Call today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

We Can Handle Your Chimney Installations

Are you interested in having a new fireplace installed before fall? Then, it is important to work with a team of professionals that can tackle the job as safely and as efficiently as possible for the installation. Whether you are having a masonry system built, a prefabricated system assembled, or cap or damper installed, getting things done just right can make a big difference in how well everything runs.

Even a minor flaw in construction can put your home and family at risk, so do not do-it-yourself if you are not skilled with this kinds of projects. Incorrect installation can lead to damages, house fires, gas leaks, and more, all of these could cost you thousands to address. Investing in professional care from the beginning is always a good idea!

Exploring Your Options

A fireplace is a huge investment, so it is important to know exactly what you want before you purchase. At SirVent, we can help you explore your options. A gas-fueled unit is great for those with a busier lifestyle, but the ambiance of a crackling wood-fueled fire is often hard to beat.

Depending on what you have time for, and what level of convenience you want, we can help you find the perfect fit. Brands are another thing to explore. At SirVent, we sell Rumfords and Bellfires, both of these are smart investments. We can run through the positives of both, so you know that you are making the right choice.

Interested in a prefabricated unit? Many people are taking this route, giving them years of fireplace usage and enjoyment, without a huge commitment
permanently having a hearth in your home. Because of this, they are typically less expensive, as well. Have questions? Give us a call, and we would be happy to give you more info and help.

Need A Damper Or Chimney Cap?

We don’t just offer installation services for your fireplace and chimney. We also ensure your system is protected by having a chimney cap and energy-top damper in place. Chimney caps are known for keeping out water, excess debris, drafts, and animals. They also help protect your roof from stray sparks, as well. When it comes to keeping your chimney in good shape, this investment is a must!

Many homeowners are switching from the traditional throat dampers to energy-top dampers instead. Energy-top dampers are placed at the top of the flue and work alongside the chimney cap to keep out rain, birds, and more. They provide a tighter seal than throat dampers, so you fireplace is better protected when not in use. Ready to light a fire? No problem. These devices open easily, so you can get the perfect draft.

Let’s Get Started

Fall is still months away, so now is the perfect time to install a new system. Once temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall, you will be set and ready to enjoy your fireplace. Give us a call today, so we can get started now!

Spring Cleaning? Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaning ASAP

The dryer vents is one part of a home that is often neglected. They are typically out of sight, which means most people tend to forget about them. Well, if you are starting on your spring cleaning, then we encourage you to add a dryer vent cleaning to the list as well. Fortunately, this is a task that is easy to cross off. All you have to do is simply give our team a call, and we can handle it for you.

The Difference Clean Vents Can Make

So, why is this practice so highly encouraged? Well, a clean dryer vent system can make a big impact on the overall efficiency. If your dryer is not running efficiently, a vent cleaning can help to restore the efficiency of it. If you are wasting time and money waiting on your dryer to run multiple cycles for one load of laundry, then schedule a cleaning and guarantee a better dryer today.

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Along with experiencing heightened efficiency, clean vents also play a huge role in keeping your home safe from potential fires. Dryers can obviously produce high temperatures, and when flammable lint is clogging up your vent, things could quickly overheat and go up in flames.

Think dryer-related fires aren’t that common? Think again. Close to 3,000 clothes dryer fires occur every single year, and these have resulted in more than 5 deaths, around 100 injuries, and millions of dollars worth of damage. What’s the leading cause of this? Failure to clean the appliance.

Another reason to get your vent cleaning now is to reduce the risk of facing carbon monoxide exposure. You can smell or see most gases, but carbon monoxide is not one of them. Unfortunately, this poisonous substance has sent many people to the hospital, and it could even lead to death, if not caught in time.

It is a proven fact that regular and professional cleanings and maintenance of dryer vents can reduce the risk of fires and gas leaks significantly. Our team is here to help. We also advise our customers to invest in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, so you can be warned at the first sign of trouble.

We Are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians

If you hire a company to take care of your dryer vent-related needs, then you want to know that they are getting the job done right. Our experts are certified with the CSIA, so you can rest easy knowing we have the knowledge and skills to take care of you.

We love serving the Lake Norman area, and we are eager to help homeowners to stay safe. If you live in Charlotte, Concord, Hickory, Statesville, or nearby, do not hesitate to reach out to our crew today!

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!