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Fall Chimney Maintenance: Why It’s Important

Fireplaces tend to go through a lot during the fall and winter. After months of disuse, homeowners everywhere start lighting up fires on a regular basis, and as the holidays arrive, crackling fires become an essential component in setting the mood for festive events and get-togethers. Because of this, investing in fall-time maintenance, such as inspections, service work, and sweepings, is extremely important!

Learn more below, then get an inspection scheduled with our professional, honest, and reliable crew today. SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is ready to have your back through it all!

Addressing Excess Creosote

Creosote is unavoidable, highly flammable, and can be extremely damaging to your chimney’s structure. It forms as you light fires and, the more you have of it, the higher your chances are of experiencing a chimney fire. Your chimney wasn’t designed to take on that type of extreme heat, so it will definitely need some professional repair work completed if it has undergone this type of disaster.

Having your system checked for excess creosote every burning season will give you the ability to operate your fireplace as safely as possible, without fear of experiencing major damage. The amount of cracking, crumbling, and deterioration that occurs after an event like this is known to lead to house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and smokey living spaces, all of which can bring about some devastating scenarios. Save yourself the stress this holiday season by investing in care from our team today.

Ensuring Your Protected Against Water Damage

If you’ve experienced any type of water damage or leakage throughout the spring and summer months, having it addressed before lighting a fire is a must. Avoiding this maintenance can put your home at risk, and it’s definitely not worth taking any chances when the wellbeing of your family is at stake.

We can get your structure back to normal with our wide range of repair services, then we can administer necessary preventative measures, like flashing installation, chimney cap replacement, waterproofing, and more to ensure you stay protected against snow, sleet, and excess moisture for the long haul. No matter what, our team is here for you!

Get The Most From Your Appliance!

All in all, scheduling maintenance right now will ensure you get the highest levels of efficiency from your fireplace. If you want your system to effectively heat your home without a lot of extra effort on your part, then it’s time to rely on our team to take the burden off of your shoulders. Put your fireplace in our hands today, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy it to the fullest throughout the months ahead. It’s our busy season, so don’t wait to book your appointment. Call now!

Want A Fireplace? We Can Install One!

Christmas and Thanksgiving will be here soon! When you envision your ideal holiday gathering, is there a crackling fireplace somewhere in the scene? This is the case for most, but many consider the thought of a fireplace a far-off dream. Well, this doesn’t have to be the case for you! Here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we can find the right fit for your home in no time.

Rumford Fireplace - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney

Rumford Fireplaces

If you are looking for an option that really delivers on heat output, then a Rumford may be the way to go. Rumford fireplaces are designed to heat large areas with ease, and doing so is never a problem thanks to their large firebox openings. They also have a more streamlined throat, which encourages smoke to safely and efficiently escape out of the home.

If this sounds perfect to you, count on our team to get yours installed now before cool weather officially sets in!

Bellfire Fireplaces

Now, Bellfires are highly efficient and they require very little refueling, as well. They are designed with an open hearth, so homeowners can get a smooth, streamlined design with all of the heat and comfort they are hoping for. They also won’t leave you stressed out with a smoke-filled living space. Our experts know all there is to know about Bellfire fireplaces, so call today with any questions. We’d be happy to help!

Factory-Built/Prefabricated Fireplaces

Love the thought of a fireplace in your home, but struggling with the expense of having a masonry option built? Consider a prefabricated unit. These styles are known for being quicker and easier to install, and their lightweight design offers you more flexibility as far as placement options within your home. And they won’t cost as much to install, either!

Keep in mind, though, that factory-built fireplaces won’t last you as long as a masonry fireplace would. For those that aren’t looking for a long-term commitment, this is the perfect route to take. You’ll get several years of use out of it without having to have something actually built into your home.

Whatever You Choose, Count On Us

No matter what you decide on, trusting a CSIA certified professional to tackle the job is very important. When it comes to installation work, do-it-yourself attempts usually end up not meeting the correct codings and regulations associated with fireplaces, and your home and family could end up at risk. For instance, you will be more prone to experience dangerous situations such as house fires, chimney fires, and carbon monoxide leaks.

It’s not worth taking any chances! Keep your household safer and more comfortable with every passing year by trusting in our team with it all – we’re just a phone call away.

What Does A Chimney Sweeping Entail?

Do you own a fireplace? Well, soon it will be time to start putting it to use! Fall is coming up fast, and before we know it the cool holiday season will be here in full swing. Make sure you’re prepared for it by scheduling an inspection with our crew today. And, if you need a sweeping, we can help with that, too! Learn more about this process below, then give us a call to get your appointment on the books.

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We’ll Remove Blockages

First things first, we’ll need to ensure no blockages are present within your system. If your flue is clogged up with dirt, debris, nesting materials, and more, air will not be able to flow through the chimney as efficiently. This will keep your fireplace from running as well, and it could send smoke and other dangerous fumes, like carbon monoxide, back into your home.

Carbon monoxide exposure results in hundreds of deaths every single year, and it’s colorless and odorless characteristics make it next to impossible to detect. Don’t risk it – have our crew check your chimney over today. We also urge our customers to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for their home.

We’ll Remove Creosote

Creosote is a substance that forms in your chimney as you burn fires in your fireplace. Things like burning unseasoned wood, restricted airflow, and cooler than normal chimney temperatures cause creosote to form at a faster rate and, the more you have of it, the more likely you are to face a chimney fire.

Chimney fires are extremely harmful to the health of your structure, and they cause all kinds of deterioration throughout your brickwork and mortar. These damages will give smoke, flames, and dangerous gases ample opportunity to escape into your home, meaning you could be dealing with medical bills, property damage, and sick or injured family members before you know it.

Our team will ensure no creosote is present when our job is through. We have specialized tools that effectively remove it, and we are certified with the CSIA and the NFI, so you can rest easy because we definitely know our stuff. Call today, so that we can get started!

Any Damages?

When sweeping your chimney, we will also check for any damages or potential threats to your chimney’s structural integrity. Should we find any issues that need addressing, we will suggest further maintenance, and you can bet our crew can handle it all. In no time, you’ll be all set and ready to put your system to use, ensuring a happy, safe, and comfortable autumn and winter season.

Anxious to get started? So are we! Our busy season will be here soon, so reach out now to get your appointment scheduled at a time that works well for you. We’re ready to take your call!

All Heating Appliances Need Annual Inspections

Whether you have a gas-fueled stove, a wood-burning fireplace, a prefabricated heating source, or something else, you are probably getting it ready for the cooler weather ahead. No matter what type of appliance you have, staying inside during the snow and sleet is always the best idea. However, this is not the case if your system is unfit for regular use.

A number of things can affect how well your heat source functions, which is why annual inspections are a must. Learn more about some of the risks you could encounter below, then count on our team of experts. We are NFI and CSIA certified, so you can rest easy.

The Threat Of Carbon Monoxide

One threat that comes with running a dirty or damaged fireplace or stove is the possibility of carbon monoxide entering your home. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and is known for causing multiple deaths every year. Unfortunately, it has no color or odor, making it virtually impossible to detect with your basic senses.

Having a professional technician look at your system over once per year will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure significantly, and your system will run more efficiently too. We also advise homeowners to invest in carbon monoxide detectors so they stay protected, no matter what.

Increased Risk Of House Fires

Another problem with dirty chimneys is that they are more prone to experience a chimney fire, which can cause serious damage. Creosote is very flammable. The more you have in your system, the more likely it is to spread flames throughout your structure, breaking down your liner and causing all kinds of deterioration.

Once your brickwork, liner, and mortar is weakened, it won’t take long before the heat and flames from your fireplace escape into your home. Adjacent woodwork can catch on fire within a few hours when given the chance, and it won’t be long before you are facing substantial property damage. This is one case where paying for an inspection now can save you thousands down the line!

Do Your Dryer Vents Need Attention?

Like your chimney, your dryer vents need annual care, too. They should be cleaned out once a year to ensure all flammable lint and debris is removed. Neglecting this maintenance can easily lead to gas leaks, dryer fires, and property damage. If your dryer is unusually hot, taking longer than normal to dry a load of laundry, or giving off a warm, musty odor, then consider talking with our team today.

Finding a reliable chimney company shouldn’t be a big hassle, which is why we are here to help. We offer honest, upfront pricing, and we would love to help you keep your home as safe as possible for the upcoming burning season. Call today!

What Makes A Good Crown?

Your chimney crown plays a big part in keeping your masonry free from water damage. It takes on a lot of wear and tear, all while ensuring water is sent away from the sides of the chimney. This significantly minimizes the chance of your brickwork absorbing water and breaking down or experiencing the freeze/thaw process.

long chimney red brick with chimney cap

Unfortunately, not all crowns are created equal. Some are more prone to deteriorate, leaving your brickwork and mortar vulnerable to all kinds of issues – not good! If your chimney crown isn’t looking so hot, invest in repair work from our team right away to ensure you don’t face problems when your burning season begins.

Is It Thick Enough?

From bad weather to heavy rainfall to harsh winds and more, your crown can really take a beating! It is important that it is at least two inches thick, so that it is able to withstand anything mother nature throws its way. Any thinner than that, and it may crack and crumble in a hurry, leaving you without the protection your chimney needs.

What’s It Made From?

All too often, we come across crowns that are made from cheap mortar mixes. While this may last you a little while, it definitely won’t stand the test of time, and you’ll need to invest in repair work again before you know it. A crown that is made from a more appropriate cement-based mixture is a much better option when it comes to getting those long-lasting results you’re hoping for.

Does It Slant Far Enough?

The design of a chimney crown makes a big impact on how effective it is. It should extend past the edge of the chimney, ensuring water gets pushed far away from the sides, and it should slant downwards as well, so that water doesn’t pool and settle on the top of it. When it comes to your chimney, water accumulating anywhere is never a good thing. Let us check things over so that you can rest easier knowing you are good this fall.

Is It Waterproofed?

Waterproofing your crown and chimney with our reliable, yet vapor permeable, products will play a big role in keeping everything out of harm’s way, no matter what kind of weather you are facing. Whether there’s snow, rain, sleet, or something else, your structure will stay better protected, giving you the peace of mind when lighting fires this holiday season.

We Can Restore Your Crown

Whether you have fixable issues that we can easily repair or bigger problems that can only be addressed with a rebuild, the sweeps here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service are here to lend a helping hand. We are certified with the CSIA, members of the NCSG, and passionate about bringing homeowners throughout Lake Norman the best care possible. Call today to set up your appointment!