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Ways To Protect Your Chimney

Worried your chimney is facing more wear and tear than it can handle? These structures are known for being strong and sturdy, but only when they are adequately protected from the elements. Fortunately for folks throughout the Lake Norman area, the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to help with it all. Follow our guidelines below, then reach out for further professional assistance from our qualified crew. We’d be happy to help with it all!

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Have A Chimney Cap Installed

Every chimney needs to have some type of cover installed over the opening at the top. Otherwise, water, dirt, debris, animals, and more will work their way in causing clogs to form and significantly damaging the structure. An easy and affordable fix comes in the form of a chimney cap. A chimney cap is something that is fitted over the fireplace opening, and it blocks out all of these harmful things, so your system stays free and clear, no matter what.

Along with keeping out woodland critters, birds, snow, rain, and all kinds of leaves, twigs, and other nesting materials, chimney caps are also known for stopping downdrafts, which ensure your system stays running as efficiently as possible. And you won’t have to worry about cold, smelly winds sweeping through your living space, either!

All in all, the issues one faces when their chimney cap is missing are expensive and time-consuming to address. You’ll be forced to invest in a thorough sweeping, a lot of repair work, and the animal removal process can get messy, too. Avoid it all by getting our team on the job now. We can set you up with the perfect fit for your needs.

Invest In Waterproofing Services

Another big must for those looking to keep their chimney in the best shape possible is investing in waterproofing services. If your masonry isn’t protected, water will quickly get absorbed into your brickwork and mortar, resulting in cracking, crumbling, and all kinds of deterioration. All in all, it leaves your entire system vulnerable, and it won’t be long before various chimney components start breaking down, rusting, and corroding.

Your home will also face damages in the form of rotting woodwork, stains on your walls and ceiling, clogs in your flue, and more. And if the freeze/thaw process occurs (which it likely will multiple times), then your structure becomes a lot more vulnerable to settlements and collapses. All in all, it’s not worth skimping on this effective preventative maintenance!

Thinking of doing it yourself? Unfortunately, store-bought sealers aren’t as effective as the high-quality products our professionals use, and attempting to paint the structure won’t do you any good, either. These strategies will leave your masonry looking worse at the end of it all and, while water will be effectively blocked out, any pre-absorbed moisture will stay trapped inside, where it will continue to wreak havoc.

For the best results possible, trust in our team to get the job done right with our vapor-permeable sealants that don’t affect the look of your structure whatsoever. We’ve got the tools and training to set you up right!

Switch To An Energy-Top Damper

Throat dampers have been doing an effective job for homeowners throughout the past few decades, but nowadays many of our customers are switching to something even better – an energy-top damper! These devices are installed at the top of your chimney, rather than the throat of it, and they are secured with a rubber gasket, so there’s no more worrying about air seeping through that metal-on-metal seal.

These units also work alongside your chimney cap to keep out rain, snow, and excess debris, so you get all that extra protection you desire. And they’re designed to be discreet, so you won’t need to stress about them turning your chimney into an eyesore. Ready to get yours? Our team can get this process going. Call today.

Have Your Chimney Flashing Looked At

Flashing consists of metal pieces that cover the vulnerable area where your roof and chimney meet. Since these two parts of your home are made from different materials, they expand and contract at different rates, making it easier than ever for water to work its way in and cause damage.

With properly fitted flashing in place, you won’t need to stress about moisture working its way into your home. Ask our professionals about setting you up with everything you need to live safer. We’ve got the know-how to get the job done right.

Schedule Your Annual Inspection

While all of the solutions we’ve discussed will do wonders for your chimney’s health, one of the most important steps a homeowner can take is investing in annual inspections. This gives your sweep the opportunity to spot creosote accumulation, debris build-up, and any damages that need addressing. The sooner these things are detected, the quicker your techs can get them fixed, ensuring you face as few issues as possible down the road.

Don’t wait any longer – our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are here and ready to set you up with everything you need to keep your home, chimney, and family better protected in the months ahead. Ready to get your inspection on the books? Call now to guarantee a spot that works best for your schedule. We’re ready to speak with you soon!

Why Are Chimney Sweeps So Busy In The Fall?

Hoping to get a chimney sweeping or inspection scheduled soon? If you’ve made a few calls, you may already know that most companies have a bit of a waitlist this time of year. Fireplace usage is on the mind of countless homeowners as the holidays approach, and many are eager to ensure everything is safe to use and ready to go for any upcoming festivities.

If you’re one of the many who didn’t get their annual maintenance done earlier on in the year, then we have some options for you. Learn more below, then get in touch with the experienced and qualified team of experts at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service today.

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Have You Heard About Our Wait List?

To try and relieve some of the pressure on our schedule books, we have created a waitlist for those hoping to get booked as soon as possible. Once on this list, you’ll be in line to be scheduled should any cancellations come up. This could provide you with the relief you are looking for, and we are able to stay hard at work keeping homes in the area as safe as possible for the upcoming winter months.

If you want to learn more, or if you’re hoping to get your name added, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We love going above and beyond for our loyal customer base.

Left Waiting For Weeks? We Ask For Patience

In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to look up do-it-yourself tutorials online or find products that require no professional knowledge to operate (such as creosote sweeping logs). If you’re impatient to get your fireplace up and running, we urge you to hold off on these methods and wait for a CSIA certified sweep to perform any necessary sweepings and repairs.

Why wait for an expert? Well, any product on the market will not do as a thorough and in-depth job as a pro and attempting any repair work or other services yourself can result in more damage to your structure. It takes weeks of training, studying, and dedication to become knowledgeable on the ins and outs of your chimney and fireplace, and it’s easy to make mistakes if you don’t know what you are doing.

All in all, even a minor mishap can lead to smoke in your living space, carbon monoxide exposure, chimney fires, house fires, and more. In the end, it’s much more worthwhile to wait a few weeks for care than attempt to tackle the job yourself, and it definitely not worth taking any chances when it comes to your family’s wellbeing. Hold off and count on our experts to set you up as soon as we can!

Don’t Forgo Maintenance, Either!

Another option many consider is to simply go without an annual inspection and use their fireplace anyway. We get the temptation of doing this but strongly encourage against it. Even if you invest in care right away next spring, you could wind up facing extensive damage before that, as well as put your home and family at risk.

Consider this. Creosote builds in your system as you light fires and, if too much is present, your risk of experiencing a chimney fire increases significantly. Chimney fires cause extensive damage and create many gaps and holes, all through which gases, fumes, smoke, and flames can escape into your home.

Creosote is just one of many threats you could potentially face. Your system may also be weakened from water damage and need replacement parts or waterproofing services performed. The only way to check for any potential threats is to get an inspection in the books! We would be happy to look things over as soon as we get a chance.

What To Expect From Our Team

So, what can you expect when our team arrives for a sweeping and inspection? Well, these services take around an hour and a half to perform, so figure on setting aside a good chunk of time from your morning or afternoon. We’ll check for blockages, excess creosote, and any visible damages. Should any issues be present, our crew is equipped to address it all.

What can you do to prepare for your appointment? Well, you won’t want to burn any fires for a full 24 hours before our arrival. This ensures our team and your home stay as safe as possible, and minimizes the risk of stray sparks and embers causing any injuries or damages. We also ask that you clean out your ash box, so our experts can get an accurate evaluation of your system.

Do you have lots of knick-knacks and holiday decor around? It’s advised to remove anything from the mantel or around the fireplace before we arrive. This makes our job go a lot smoother, and it guarantees your belongings don’t get damaged.

Keep in mind, too, that you’ll get a video inspection along with a report of our findings so that you are guaranteed the most in-depth and accurate analysis possible.

Have multiple chimneys you need swept? We’ll discount $99 if you book us to sweep 4 or more flues or chimneys. If you have a big home with lots of hearths, this is a deal you simply cannot beat! Reach out today for more information.

Call Today

If you need maintenance, the time to call is now. We would be happy to help you as soon as possible!