Our Company Blog

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.

Top Reasons To Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

Dryer vents require regular maintenance, inspections, and cleanings, much like chimneys. If you already depend on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service for your fireplace services, we have good news – you can rely on us for dryer vent cleanings, installations, and services! You can count on our CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians to get the job done right.

Make us your one-stop shop for it all. We’re ready to help you out soon!

Clean Vents Increase Efficiency

So, why are dryer vent cleanings so important? Well, for one thing, clean vents ensure better results from your dryer. If you’ve been waiting cycle after cycle for your clothes to be properly dried, then you know how frustrating an inefficient appliance can be. Your time is valuable, so why waste your day trying to finish a simple load of laundry? If your clothes aren’t dry in 45 minutes or less, then your vents are likely in some trouble. Give us a call, so we can set you up right!

Clean Vents Make Your Home Safer

Dryer vent cleanings are also necessary because of the safety hazards clogged vents can present. Lint is very flammable, and obstructions can easily cause your system to overheat. The combination of these two factors could cause a fire to start up in a hurry. Fires due to faulty appliances, especially dryers, are a lot more common than you might think. Thousands of homes in the U.S. are affected by this very issue every single year!

In addition, clogs lead to gas leaks, which means you and loved ones inside of your home could be exposed to carbon monoxide or other harmful fumes. Carbon monoxide can be deadly when not treated promptly. Since it is colorless and odorless, it’s impossible to detect with one’s basic senses. We encourage all homeowners to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for their home and to depend on us for regular maintenance to minimize any risks of exposure significantly.

Clean Vents Save You Money

As you can see, clean vents do wonders for ensuring you live a safer and easier lifestyle, but did you know that you can actually save money down the line by investing in regular cleanings? First of all, you’ll save thousands in potential damages by avoiding a house fire. These disasters can take an incredible toll on a family’s budget and it takes up precious time, as well.

Along with this, a dryer that’s running all of the time results in a higher energy bills each month. That can add up a lot over the course of a year and all of the extra money spent could’ve easily been applied to your annual cleaning! The benefits to regular maintenance go on and on and nothing should come between you and your home and family’s safety. Call us now for peace of mind and reassurance in the months ahead – you deserve it!

Own A Fireplace? Watch Out For Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Fireplaces Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent ChimneyHaving a fireplace is great, but only when homeowners use it safely. Improper fireplace use can lead to smoke back-up, chimney fires, and more. Staying educated on fireplace safety can make a huge difference in keeping your home and family out of harm’s way all year round.

There are many things to look out for. One of these things is carbon monoxide. If you have a fireplace, you are at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, which is why taking extra precautions is important in maintaining the health of your home and family.

About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that will cause a lot of harm if gone undetected. Being invisible to the naked eye and free of any noticeable odor, many will not notice its presence until it is too late. If you are concerned that carbon monoxide has entered your home, keep a close eye on your loved ones and watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling Weak
  • Pain in the Chest
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Prevention

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent this gas from entering your home. A big one is to schedule an annual inspection by a professional sweep. This regular upkeep will ensure that everything is running well and that no blockages have formed in your chimney or fireplace. Blockages can cause fumes to back up, and any dirt, creosote, or other debris makes your entire unit function less efficiently.

Another important step is to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. These devices will alert you if any fumes have entered the area, so that you can get your family out quickly. If you already have carbon monoxide detectors installed, be sure to check them on a regular basis and replace the batteries as needed.

Finally, if your chimney (or any other appliance) is in need of repair, call in an expert to address the problem. When your fireplace has cracks, holes, or any other damage, using it could put you and your family at a heightened risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Also, fixing the issue yourself is never the best option. If anything is repaired incorrectly, your home will still be at risk and no one may realize that a leak has occurred.

Call in an expert to ensure the job gets done right. Then, you will be able to enjoy your chimney and fireplace to the fullest all season long!

Turn To Us Now!

If you have any concerns about the safety of your home and fireplace, please let us check things out. The technicians at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service are trained and certified to ensure your chimney is cleaned, inspected, and ready for regular use. You deserve peace of mind. Kick the New Year off right by calling us in today!

Home Fires Are Preventable

Home Fires Are Preventable Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent ChimneyWhen it comes to protecting your home and family, you can never be too careful. Keeping everyone healthy and out of harm’s way is always the overall goal. By taking proper precautions and educating your children on various techniques regarding their safety, you will go a long ways in avoiding injury. One major thing to stay informed on is fire safety and the importance of keeping a chimney and fireplace properly maintained.

Keeping Things Clean

If you own a fireplace, the biggest step you can take in preventing a potential fire is scheduling regular inspections and cleanings by a professional. When dirt, debris, and creosote accumulate in a chimney, the risk of something catching fire increases dramatically.

Birds and other critters turn to chimneys for building their nests. While it may seem like the ideal, warm spot for nesting their young, these leaves and twigs quickly cause blockages, meaning your fireplace cannot run properly. If smoke cannot escape and flammable material starts to build up, this leaves the perfect opportunity for a fire to occur.

Too much creosote is hazardous, as well. Creosote is known for being highly flammable and has triggered many chimney fires. If things are not venting properly, creosote will accumulate faster, thus emphasizing the importance of maintaining a clean fireplace.

Find An Expert

If you are considering cleaning your chimney yourself, you may be taking on a very big job. While it seems doable, there are a lot of steps involved and it is hard to know which chemicals and tools will be the most effective. It is also difficult to ascertain whether or not every nook and cranny was addressed or if there may be debris hidden throughout the chimney, waiting to cause issues.

Hiring an expert is always the safest and smartest option. That way you can rest assured knowing your fireplace is safe to use and your family is free to enjoy relaxing evenings by the fire.

Other Tips

Consider these other safety tips when lighting fires on a regular basis.

  • Install Alarms: People often underestimate the role smoke and carbon monoxide detectors play in saving lives year after year. These products should be tested regularly and the batteries should be replaced on a regular basis.
  • Make A Plan: Be certain that all people residing in the home know what to do and where to go, should a fire occur. Review this plan regularly and practice it from time to time to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Never Leave A Fire: There is no reason good enough to leave a fire unattended. Always be sure someone is around and awake to watch a flame that is still burning. Also, be sure to clear away any flammable materials for added precaution.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we care about your safety, and we will take all of the appropriate steps to ensure your fireplace is ready for use when cold weather arrives. Give us a call today to schedule a cleaning!