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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!

How Did The Chimney Swift Get Its Name?

If you have seen a smaller, cigar-shaped bird flying through the sky recently, there is a good chance it is a chimney swift looking for a place to nest. Chimney swifts are known for their darker color scheme, their fast wingbeats, and their appetite for mosquitoes. They play a big role in keeping our bug populations down, and there is no doubt they make a significant contribution to the world.

So, what do chimney swifts have to do with chimneys? Let’s find out.

How Did The Chimney Swift Get Its Name?

Swifts & Your Chimney

Chimney swifts were given their name based on the fact that they are notorious for building nests in people’s chimneys. Why is this their ideal set-up? Chimney swifts cannot perch like most birds, so instead they cling to the sides of vertical surfaces. Because of this, they cannot build nests like other birds who set them up in the branches of trees.

Rather, chimney swifts use their glue-like saliva to attach their nesting materials to the sides of a vertical surface, such as the inside of a hollow tree, the wall of a cave, or – you guessed – the interior walls of your chimney.

What To Do About Swifts In Your Chimney

Unfortunately, these birds are currently struggling to keep their population up, which is why they are now protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This means that removing them, their nesting materials or any potential young could land you in some legal trouble, and you will likely face some pretty hefty fines, as well.

Because of this, any swift in your chimney must simply be left alone until they leave on their own accord. When temperatures drop, they will migrate to a warmer climate, after which you can have their nesting materials removed, so you can safely use your fireplace again. While this may be inconvenient, it is the only option you face.

Avoiding Problems Down The Line

If you have struggled with the presence of chimney swifts in the past, then you are likely eager to find ways to prevent them from entering your system again. We get it! That’s why the crew here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service recommends having a well-fitted chimney cap installed. This is an affordable investment that will prevent chimney swifts from entering your flue again down the line, and they keep out other animals, as well. Along with all that, a chimney cap will work to keep water out of your chimney, as well as prevent downdrafts and debris accumulation.

Our team is ready to set you up right, and we can answer any questions you have along the way, as well. Reach out today, and we will get this process started!

Chimney Crown Failure & How We Can Help

When it comes to keeping your chimney in good health, minimizing water damage and investing in preventative maintenance is key. For this reason, it’s important to have your chimney crown inspected and repaired regularly as the years go by. If you’re concerned about the state of your chimney crown, give our CSIA certified team a call today. We’re ready to help you out, and with winter fast approaching now is the time to get our team on the job!

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For those not quite as familiar with chimney terms and anatomy, the chimney crown is what sits on the top of your chimney. It starts at your liner and extends past the edge of your chimney at a downward slope. This unique design allows water to flow out and away from the sides of your chimney, which helps keep the brickwork better protected in times of bad weather.

In order to function well, the crown needs to be made from strong materials that can withstand years of abuse. It also needs to hold the appropriate shape, size, and design in order to work effectively. This is why hiring trained experts, like our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, is always the way to go! We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Addressing Your Issues

There are a couple of different ways to approach a faulty crown. If yours has small cracks or other issues, then there’s no need to do anything too extensive. There are simple repair techniques we can apply that will get the job done right, allowing you to enjoy your system with peace of mind and relaxation month after month.

In other cases, the crown may be beyond basic repair work, and in these situations the entire thing may need to be rebuilt. This is obviously a more extensive job, but you don’t need to worry about a thing when we’re getting it done. We’ve been rebuilding crowns and working on chimneys for years, so you can rest easy when you hire us.

Benefits Of A Well-Working Crown

Once your crown is patched up and in good shape, you’ll notice countless immediate benefits. You’ll be less prone to chimney leaks, your brickwork will stay in better shape, and you’ll notice less overall deterioration throughout your system. Crowns are very important and they do a big job for the health and functionality of your system.

If you want to guarantee yourself a better working and safer to operate chimney and fireplace this fall, then the time to call us in for an inspection is now. Not only will we inspect your crown, but we will check your entire chimney over as well. We’ll be happy to note and address any issues that may be present, and we’ll let you know if ant repairs may be necessary too.

You deserve a safer, more comfortable holiday season. Get that by scheduling an appointment with us today!