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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.

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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!

We Install, Service & Clean Dryer Vents

Were you aware that dirty dryer vents can impact the safety of your home significantly? If your dryer cannot properly vent, the heat and fumes build up and could easily start a fire. It does not take long for the flammable lint in your system to catch flames, which could easily spread through your home and cause damage and injury.

Along with this, obstructions in your vents can lead to carbon monoxide backing up into your home. This colorless, odorless gas is very dangerous and can be deadly when not detected right away. Avoid exposure at all costs by investing in regular maintenance for your gas appliances and by purchasing carbon monoxide detectors for your home.

If you are concerned about the health of your dryer vents, get in touch with our qualified crew today. We would be more than happy to help you out!

Signs of Dirty Dryer Vents

So, how can you know for sure that your vents need attention? Well, first of all, if it has been over a year since your last cleaning it is always best to have a professional check things over. Annual maintenance guarantees your appliance will run as safely and as efficiently as possible month after month.

Along with this, consider how quickly or slowly your clothes have been drying. If you have to run the same load through the dryer multiple times before everything is dry, then there is definitely a problem. Most people are quick to blame the machine itself, but more often than not, the issue can be resolved with a simple cleaning.

Other signs include high temperatures in the laundry room, lint in and around the dryer, clothes being hot after drying, a strong/musty odor, and the appliance itself seeming warmer than normal. Keep your senses aware to anything that may be off, so you can have the problem addressed before more dangerous scenarios can occur.

We Are Certified With The CSIA

If you have worked with us in the past, then you likely know we are CSIA certified to handle any and all of your chimney or fireplace-related needs. But did you know we are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, as well? That’s right. When it comes to providing our customers with the best of the best, we never settle for less.

What does this mean exactly? To become a CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, you must undergo training and take an extensive exam to ensure you are up-to-date and knowledgeable on all of the proper techniques. This is the only nationally recognized credential when it comes to dryer vent services, and we are proud to maintain it!

So, what are you waiting for? The time to count on our qualified and experienced crew is now. We can’t wait to speak with you soon!

Schedule A Sweeping With Us Before Fall

Clogs, creosote, and excess debris all hinder a fireplace’s performance significantly, as well as put your home and family at risk. If you’re in need of sweeping this fall, don’t hesitate to call us in. You deserve to enjoy your holiday season to the fullest, and this is a surefire way to guarantee countless comfortable and cozy evenings indoors when temperatures are freezing outside.

Our trained and experienced crew is ready to serve. Schedule now, so we can find a time slot that works well for you. It’s our busy season, so there’s no time to lose!Brick chimneys in the background of a pile of leaves on a roof

Avoiding Gas Leaks & Carbon Monoxide

One thing regular sweepings help to minimize is the risk of gas leaks and exposure to harmful fumes, such as carbon monoxide. When there’s a lot of build up inside of your system, you won’t get good air flow, which is vital for safer functioning all around. When the fumes and smoke produced by the fire cannot find enough pathways to escape outdoors, they’ll simply turn around and enter your home, putting your loved ones at risk.

Smoke in the living room is never ideal, and it can stink up your furniture and belongings in a hurry. However, carbon monoxide gives off no odor so it won’t leave bad smells in your home, but this is a disadvantage when it comes to keeping your loved ones safer. Because this gas is so hard to detect, people often don’t realize they’ve been exposed until they are feeling ill and this results in multiple carbon monoxide-related deaths every single year.

Avoid potential risks by letting us look things over to see if a sweeping is in order. We also suggest having carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, so you and your loved ones can be alerted at the first signs of danger. It’s an easy step that can make a huge difference down the line!

Dangers Of Creosote

Creosote is another substance that threatens the safety of your home and family. It needs to be regularly removed and, when it isn’t, it can clog up your chimney and threaten the structural integrity of your brickwork and mortar.

The biggest threat against your chimney is actually flammable nature and the increased likelihood of experiencing a chimney fire. Chimney fires break down your chimney’s interior, making you more prone to a collapse, and they also create pathways in which flames and fumes can escape into your home. If a homeowner uses a fireplace that has undergone a chimney fire, their risk of experiencing a house fire or gas leak increases significantly.

Give Us A Call Now, Before Cold Weather Strikes

If you’re eager to put your fireplace to use on the first cold days of the year, then give us a call right away to schedule your sweeping. When it comes to the safety of your home and family, there’s simply no time to lose! Our team is ready to serve you.