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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!

Spotting Common Masonry Damage

Masonry throughout a home’s exterior creates a timeless and classic aesthetic that anyone can love. We deal with masonry chimneys a lot, and we love the way they enhance the value and look of homes all through the Lake Norman area! That being said, this material needs to be properly maintained in order for it to stand the test of time.Spotting Common Masonry Damage Image - Washington DC - SirVent Chimney

Fortunately for you, it’s easier than ever to make sure your masonry stays looking great year after year – just depend on the expert team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service! We’re sure we can fix up any damages or issues you may be facing. Give our CSIA certified staff a call today to see what we can do for you!

Water Damage

One of the most common causes of masonry wear and tear is due to water damage. When too much moisture is given access to your brickwork and mortar, your structure will break down fast! It may seem hard to believe, but brick is actually quite absorbent. When water gets access to your chimney system, you’re left facing stains, clogs, rot, rust, deterioration, and more. And you definitely want to avoid extra water once temperatures drop! It will freeze up, causing your brickwork to expand and inviting a whole new set of issues.

Luckily, we’re here to restore your brickwork and mortar, so that things look like new again in no time! When our certified technicians are on the job, you can rest easy knowing that your structure will stand strong and sturdy for years to come.

Once we’re done with our repairs and restorations, let us waterproof your system, so you don’t have to worry about excess moisture again any time soon. Our products keep water out, but still allow your chimney to vent out vapors and fumes, as necessary. Give us a call today to learn more!

Crown Issues

Crown issues are another common scenario when it comes to crumbling masonry. Your crown goes through a lot as it works to direct water away from your chimney’s interior. It faces all kinds of nasty weather, and all that wear and tear can definitely take it’s toll! If your crown wasn’t designed properly from the start, you may be noticing some crumbling and cracks. Such an important piece of your chimney’s anatomy should really be better protected!

We’ll get your crown back to normal in no time. Whether you need a few quick repairs or a total restoration job, we are here to help you out! Count on our crew to handle it all!

Other Cracks & Crumbling

Whether it’s due to water damage, heavy winds, unexpected collisions, or something else, crumbling and cracked masonry isn’t good for the health of your system or the safety of your home. Call in our experts ASAP, so that we can help you bring in 2018 with best fireplace system around! We’ll talk to you soon!

The Value Of CSIA Certification

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a nonprofit organization that has been around since 1983. It spreads fireplace and chimney knowledge to homeowners and sweeps all throughout the country so that homes everywhere can function safer and more efficiently.

The CSIA is nationally recognized and holds the standard when it comes to chimney care and education… and the staff at SirVent Chimney is proud to hold their certifications! Learn more about this organization below. It won’t take long for you to see why the CSIA receives countless praises and recognition year after year!

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The CSIA maintains such a good reputation is because the board of directors is always raising the bar for themselves and for their sweeps. In an industry where techniques and technology change on a regular basis, it’s important to stay on top of everything, and the CSIA is always pushing their sweeps to better themselves!

This is why anyone who holds a CSIA certification must renew it every 3 years in order to maintain their title. When you hire a certified sweep, you can rest easy because they are up to date on any of the latest coding and regulations. Technicians obtaining their certification will take written tests and go through tons of hands-on learning experiences to better themselves for all of their future customers.

People trust the CSIA because they prove themselves time and time again. With every year that passes, they never fail to stay current on all of the latest developments in the chimney sweep trade. There’s no doubt that they expect a lot from the sweeps they train. We take pride in our CSIA certifications because we know the training we go through helps make us the best that we can be… and our customers deserve that!

Maintaining A High Moral Code

We also respect the CSIA for their strong ethical viewpoints and their selfless mission statement. This organization wants their sweeps to use what they learn to better serve the public and treat homeowners with professionalism and honesty in every job they take on. They push their sweeps to respect anyone they work with and to educate the public on how to maintain a safer home. That’s why every CSIA certified professional must sign a code of ethics before they are granted their credentials.

When it comes to keeping the public informed, the CSIA is on top of it! There are tons of things that can go wrong when a chimney isn’t well maintained (house fires, chimney fires, gas leaks, etc.), and the leaders of this organization want to do all they can to ensure these disasters never occur. When you work with a CSIA certified expert, you know you’re in the best hands possible. That’s why we want you to work with us!

If you need some routine maintenance done on your fireplace, dryer vents, or masonry, please give us a call today. The experienced staff at SirVent Chimney is happy to serve you!

Chimney Crown Repair

Every part of your chimney is important, and each piece needs to be in prime condition to get you those cozy fires you’ve been looking forward to. Annual inspections and sweepings are vital for this very reason! By calling in a certified sweep before you kick of your burning season, you ensure that you and your loved ones are all set this holiday season.

One part of your chimney that always needs to be in tip-top shape is the chimney crown. Learn more about this essential piece of chimney anatomy below, and keep your home and family safer by calling on the qualified staff at SirVent Chimney today! We can handle any and all of your fireplace needs!

What Is The Chimney Crown?

Chimney Crown Repair - Lake Norman NC - SirVent CharlotteThe chimney crown sits at the very top of your chimney, and it works hard throughout the year to keep your system well-protected. It should be made from the strongest materials available, so that it can easily withstand years of weather abuse and exposure to moisture. It’s perfect for keeping rain away from your chimney interior, due to its sloping design, and, if adequately built, it should stand the time of time with no problems.

Dangers Of Water Damage

Unfortunately, many chimney crowns are poorly constructed. They chip and deteriorate much faster than they should and just aren’t built to do the job they’re meant to do. This leaves your entire system vulnerable to excess moisture and water damage. And if you think water is no match for your brickwork and mortar, think again!

Water can easily absorb into your masonry and trigger tons of issues, costing you tons of money in necessary repairs. Water weakens your structure significantly and can cause stains, rot, rust, clogs, cracks, holes, and lots more. Not to mention, the freeze-thaw process puts a lot of extra pressure and stress on your foundation throughout time.

You need to keep your crown and chimney protected, so that water troubles won’t come around to haunt you. That’s why you should depend on us for it all!

We Can Repair Your Chimney Crown

At SirVent Chimney, we train to handle any repair job thrown our way. Crown repair should always be handled with care. Anything from the wrong use of materials to improper construction causes it to break down far too soon.

Let us work on your crown today so you can rest easy this holiday season and many more! Whether you need a few cracks refilled or a total rebuild, we will get you taken care of. When it comes to work like this, you need a company you can trust… count on us! Give us a call today!

Prefabricated Fireplaces: A Good Option For Any Home

Have you always dream about owning a fireplace, but don’t want to invest the time and money on a major reconstruction project? Consider a prefabricated fireplace! These units bring the same ambiance and warmth to your home. Additionally, all without tearing your structure apart to do so. With various design options out there, we are certain you will find something you will love for years to come!

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Not sure what to expect from a prefabricated (or factory-built) fireplace? Well, let us provide some insight. These systems come with all of the parts necessary to form a proper functioning and aesthetically pleasing fireplace. With the help of a certified professional, they can be constructed in your home, then put to use – quick and easy! This set-up differs dramatically from their masonry counterparts, which require more heavy construction using bricks and mortar. While those are a more traditional set-up, they definitely require a lot more work – and they’re more expensive, too.

We must stress, though, that, despite being easier to construct, these units should never be installed without the help of a professional sweep. It’s always in your best interests to hire a CSIA certified technician to get the job done right. These systems come with precise instructions, and any minor slip up or misplacement can lead to some costly and dangerous problems. It’s not worth putting your loved ones as risk. If you need an expert, contact the staff at SirVent Chimney today!

Other Benefits Of Prefab Fireplaces

Prefabricated fireplaces are obviously a great choice for anyone looking for an easier way to install a fireplace. However, they have other benefits, too! For instance, since they are require less overall construction, there’s more flexibility as far as where they can be put in your home. Masonry options are heavier, making things a bit trickier when it comes to placement. Prefabricated fireplaces are the simpler option, for sure!

Homeowners also like making this investment because there is less initial cost involved. Along with this, it allows you the warmth and comfort of a fireplace; all without forcing you to make a huge commitment that will change the construction of your home forever. While these models are durable and will last you several years, they are not meant to function for decades, as a masonry-built fireplace would.

You Can Rest Easy With SirVent Chimney!

When you call on the qualified staff at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, you will gain peace of mind knowing we will set you up right. We have been serving Lake Norman for years, and we love helping customers all throughout the area. Depend on a team you can trust. Call us at 704-621-9373 or visit us online today!