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Keeping Your Chimney Odors In Check

As temperatures continue to rise with the soon arrival of Spring, homeowners with a fireplace may start to notice some less than pleasant aromas coming from their appliance. You see, when you run your air conditioning on those warmer days, this can cause air from the chimney to sweep through your household, and these breezes are unfortunately known to stink things up a bit.

So, what causes these bad smells in the first place, and how can they be avoided? Learn more below, then feel free to contact the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service for help in resolving the issue. We’d be happy to help you find the best solutions for your unique needs!

Why Am I Experiencing Bad Odors In The First Place?

One of the biggest causes for bad fireplace smells is creosote. Creosote is a natural byproduct of burning wood in your fireplace, and it’s bad odor can easily enter your home if it isn’t regularly removed. The accumulation of creosote can be slowed down by burning your fires hot, using only seasoned wood as fuel, and by ensuring you have good airflow, but unfortunately, its presence can never be entirely prevented.

Another reason you may be experiencing bad odors is excess moisture in your system. Water throughout your masonry causes rotting, decay, and deterioration, and if it combines with materials that are lodged inside your flue, it’s bound to create an unpleasant musty smell. The sooner you address any water-related issues, the better!

Think animals may have found their way into your system? This is another cause of concern. It’s not uncommon for squirrels or racoons to get stuck inside your chimney and pass away, and this unfortunate event can obviously produce some pretty foul smells. In other cases, birds and other critters may defecate in your flue, which again sends bad odors floating through your home.

And what could cause any of these smells to be enhanced? Downdrafts. If the air pressure is off throughout your home or chimney, you can bet you’ll get some foul-smelling winds flowing through your living space.

Fortunately, we have resolutions for any issue you may be experiencing, and you can bet that we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces, so we know exactly how to handle it all. There’s no better time to reach out, so get on the phone with our staff today, and we can discuss your options!

How Can I Eliminate Unpleasant Chimney Smells?

So, we’ve gone over what causes your chimney smells, but how are these issues then best addressed? Well, first things first, a thorough sweeping will make a big difference. Like we said, creosote is one of the main reasons for bad smells from the fireplace, and the sooner we clear it out the better! Not to mention, this highly flammable substance is known to break down your brickwork and mortar, and if it ignites, you’ll have to deal with the aftermath of a chimney fire, which can be costly, dangerous, and time-consuming.

Scheduling this service also gives us the opportunity to clear out any debris, nesting materials, or dead animals that may be producing some foul odors.

All in all, a sweeping is never a bad idea, and we urge our customers to invest in them on a regular basis to ensure their system stays in good health. The safety of our service area is always a big priority, and we value ultimate satisfaction above it all. Get your sweeping scheduled, so you can experience a stress-free spring and summer ahead!

And if we spot moisture-related issues, we have the tools and training to address those, too. We’ll make certain your chimney cap, flashing, and chimney crown are all in good condition and able to do their job effectively and, should problems be uncovered, we can set you up right with new devices or repair services, so you rest easier as we move into our rainy season.

We can also discuss the possible need for masonry repair services, and you’ll definitely want to get your masonry professionally waterproofed. Our team uses effective products that seal your brickwork, without leaving an unsightly/glossy coating, and they are vapor-permeable, as well, so anything preabsorbed will easily be able to escape over time. This is one investment you won’t regret making.

Finally, we can work together to resolve any issues with downdrafts. A strong and sturdy chimney cap, or even a top-sealing damper, can help prevent harsh winds from swooping through your home, or we can do some inspecting to see if the dimensions of your chimney need to be adjusted. In some cases, opening a window makes all the difference, as this invites some make-up air into the home. Regardless, we would love the opportunity to help you find a solution!

Our Experienced Crew Is Here For You

The team here at SirVent has many years of experience under our belts, and we work with highly-esteemed organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, and the NCSG to ensure we stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on it all. Ready to learn more about everything we can offer you? Great. Pick up the phone and give us a call now, or reach out to us on our website. We’d love the opportunity to serve you!

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.

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!

Choose Prevention Over Repair

Do you own a fireplace? Then, it’s important that you are regularly scheduling professional maintenance, such as inspections, sweepings, and more. In fact, top-notch organizations like the NFPA, the CSIA, and similar establishments all urge folks to invest in these services, and here at SirVent Chimney, we couldn’t agree more.

Discover more about how taking preventative action now is always the better route by reading below, then turn to our team to get your inspection scheduled before the holidays officially kick-off. We would love to help you out soon!

Saving You Money

Most types of repair work take a lot of time and money to address. Whether it’s crown repair, tuckpointing, relining services, or something else, you’ll likely be shelling out hundreds of dollars, and usually, if one area is damaged another area needs work, too. For example, if water has caused your crown to deteriorate, then there’s a good chance your flashing, chimney cap, and masonry needs attention, too. This could easily send your total into the thousands!

Investing in services like waterproofing, chimney cap installation, and more will give you great protection at an affordable rate, and you’ll then be protected for years to come. It’s well worth every penny spent!

Keeping You Safer

Another reason preventative maintenance is a good investment is that it guarantees a safer environment for your loved ones. Think of it this way: if you schedule a sweeping before creosote reaches dangerous levels, you greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a chimney fire. Chimney fires cause all kinds of damage and increase your chances of carbon monoxide exposure, house fires, and more. Not to mention, a sweeping is a lot cheaper than a rebuild!

Damages, in general, make your fireplace dangerous to operate, so it’s always more beneficial to prevent them from occurring altogether. We can help with it all! Get on the phone with our team now, so we can set you up right.

Guaranteeing The Best Experience Possible

When it comes right down to it, lighting up the fireplace on a cold, wintery night offers an unbeatable aesthetic to your living space, and we want to ensure you get the best possible results from your appliance. Guarantee your family the warmth and comfort they deserve by investing in care from our team today. When temperatures drop and the cold winds of winter officially arrive, you’ll be glad to be all set and ready to go!

Trust In Our Team

Our CSIA and NFI certified team is knowledgeable, experienced, and equipped to set you up with everything you need to make this holiday season the best one yet. Set up an appointment with our expert technicians today, so you can rest easier when sitting by your hearth in the months ahead. We’re ready to take your call!

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 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.