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Do I Need A Level 1, 2, Or 3 Chimney Inspection?

With fall upon us and winter fast approaching, homeowners are anticipating colder weather, which means more fireplace use. Not to mention, a crackling flame sets the perfect aesthetic for every holiday gathering! Annual inspections are a must for fireplace owners, and we tend to get a lot of calls for them right around this time of year.

Ensure your home and family stays safer and more comfortable this year by calling on our CSIA certified crew to help you out. Inspections help us determine whether or not you have clogs, build up, or damages, all of which put your system at risk if not addressed in a timely manner.

Avoid chimney fires, gas leaks, smoke back-up, and more by depending on us from the very start. Call now, and we’ll set you up with an appointment right away!

All About Your Next InspectionChimney being inspected

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we offer three levels of chimney inspections, each of which offers something different based upon your unique needs. Learn more about these below, then give us a call, and we can set you up right.

So, let’s say you’ve consistently invested in annual inspections over the years and haven’t done anything to change fuel types or modify your fireplace’s structure. In this case, a level one inspection should be all you need. The sweep will review all readily accessible parts of your chimney and evaluate whether or not any further maintenance is required.

A level two inspection is needed when your chimney system needs a more extensive look. Have you undergone major reconstruction or changed your fuel type? Then, we recommend a level two inspection. They are also necessary after a big storm or bad weather event has occurred, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or something similar. Finally, if property is being sold or purchased, a level two inspection is required.

What makes a level two inspection different than a level one? The biggest difference is that it involves the use of video equipment, allowing sweeps to view more of your system’s interior. This guarantees every part of your chimney is analysed and inspected, so that any necessary problems can be spotted and taken care of.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection. These are less common and require the sweeps to actually take apart pieces of your chimney and/or fireplace to access parts that are potentially damaged. This will only be done if there is no other option to locate the source of your chimney’s issues.

Call Us In Now Before Winter Weather Strikes

Soon temperatures will drop low, and once that happens you won’t want to wait to get a fire going. Ensure everything is ready to go and in the best shape possible by calling our team of experts in now! Fall is our busy season, so you don’t want to waste any more time. Pick up the phone and set up your appointment today.

Chimney Crown Repair

Every part of your chimney is important, and each piece needs to be in prime condition to get you those cozy fires you’ve been looking forward to. Annual inspections and sweepings are vital for this very reason! By calling in a certified sweep before you kick of your burning season, you ensure that you and your loved ones are all set this holiday season.

One part of your chimney that always needs to be in tip-top shape is the chimney crown. Learn more about this essential piece of chimney anatomy below, and keep your home and family safer by calling on the qualified staff at SirVent Chimney today! We can handle any and all of your fireplace needs!

What Is The Chimney Crown?

The chimney crown sits at the very top of your chimney, and it works hard throughout the year to keep your system well-protected. It should be made from the strongest materials available, so that it can easily withstand years of weather abuse and exposure to moisture. It’s perfect for keeping rain away from your chimney interior, due to its sloping design, and, if adequately built, it should stand the time of time with no problems.

Dangers Of Water Damage

Unfortunately, many chimney crowns are poorly constructed. They chip and deteriorate much faster than they should and just aren’t built to do the job they’re meant to do. This leaves your entire system vulnerable to excess moisture and water damage. And if you think water is no match for your brickwork and mortar, think again!

Water can easily absorb into your masonry and trigger tons of issues, costing you tons of money in necessary repairs. Water weakens your structure significantly and can cause stains, rot, rust, clogs, cracks, holes, and lots more. Not to mention, the freeze-thaw process puts a lot of extra pressure and stress on your foundation throughout time.

You need to keep your crown and chimney protected, so that water troubles won’t come around to haunt you. That’s why you should depend on us for it all!

We Can Repair Your Chimney Crown

At SirVent Chimney, we train to handle any repair job thrown our way. Crown repair should always be handled with care. Anything from the wrong use of materials to improper construction causes it to break down far too soon.

Let us work on your crown today so you can rest easy this holiday season and many more! Whether you need a few cracks refilled or a total rebuild, we will get you taken care of. When it comes to work like this, you need a company you can trust… count on us! Give us a call today!

Gas Appliances Need Inspections, Too!

Have you recently purchased a gas fireplace or stove? Or maybe you’ve upgraded your wood-burning appliance to a gas-fueled one? Whatever the case, homeowners everywhere are loving the convenience gas appliances have to offer – and they’re a lot less messy, too! That being said, this more modern take on a fireplace doesn’t change the fact that yearly inspections are absolutely necessary.

Learn more about inspections and gas appliances below!

How Your Chimney Is Harmed

Wood-burning appliances are known for producing creosote, which can put a lot of wear and tear on system (and fast). Yet, just because the residue left behind by gas appliances isn’t as obvious doesn’t mean it’s not there. Your chimney is still used to properly vent out the fumes and gases from your fireplace, all of which cause corrosion in your system.

The worst part is, these damages are hardly noticeable until it’s almost too late. What could have been easy fixes, if addressed right away, are now costly and time-consuming repairs. You’re always better off in the long run if you invest in your annual inspections. That way, a sweep can diagnose any issues early.

It’s not worth the added stress, not knowing whether or not your system is safe for use… allow yourself the peace of mind you deserve and get your inspection on the books today!

Increasing Overall Efficiency

On top of increasing the overall lifespan of your appliance, annual inspections help to ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible. Sure, gas appliances save on energy costs and they’re better for the environment, too… but only if they are properly installed and maintained. Fireplace systems are intricate and knowing the ins and outs takes time, practice, and a lot of training. Get a professional’s eye on the job, so you know you’re good to go all year long.

Hire A CSIA-Certified Professional

When it comes right down to it, there is a lot to consider when operating a gas appliance and there are many possible reasons you may be facing issues. Whether it’s the venting system, excess moisture in the flue, problems with drafting, built up residue, corrosion, or something else, a CSIA-certified chimney technician will know how to handle your unique situation.

And if you live in the Greater Lake Norman area, then you are in luck! SirVent Chimney and Venting Service has been doing business in this area for years, and our staff has been trained and certified by the CSIA, so that we can better serve our customer base. The cool winds of winter are not far away… have your system inspected soon, so you’re all set for the holiday season that is fast approaching. Contact us now before the fall rush. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Schedule Your Sweeping This Summer (Before The Fall Rush)

When it comes to regular sweepings and inspections, we hear from a lot of people in the fall and winter. Homeowners need to get this maintenance done before the cold weather hits, and they often forget to get it scheduled until the last minute. We love to help out all of our customers, but that time of year can get pretty hectic as we try to squeeze everyone in.

Because of this, we like to encourage our customers to schedule their cleanings now, before our schedules get packed. There are many benefits to crossing this off of your to-do sooner, rather than later. Learn more below.

Get The Appointment Time You Want

We get that everyone has different schedules, and that service work needs to be booked around already busy lives. Unfortunately, when our books fill up, reserving a time slot that’s convenient for you is harder to do. We try our hardest to work around our customers’ schedules, but it’s simply not always possible during the busy season. To get the time slot you want, schedule your cleaning now, before the big rush hits!

On top of that, you now have one less thing to worry about this fall. Chimney sweeping? Done!

Allow Time For Repairs

If we find damages throughout your system, these need to be addressed before your appliance can be run. Those who wait until the last minute are often left without a fireplace for part of the colder months. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on adding a warm and cozy aesthetic to your holiday parties, which is why we encourage taking care of these repairs now – instead of waiting until the last minute.

Not only will our books be wide open to serve you quickly… our materials can cure properly too! This temperature range is ideal for most chimney repairs. When we work on your system, we don’t want to leave you with short-term fixes. We want to apply to best products and get the best results possible! Schedule your repairs now to ensure they stand the test of time.

Help Us Stay Safe

On top of everything, we would much prefer summer maintenance over winter, because we want to keep our staff safe. We have been faithfully serving this area for years, and we have our loyal and hard-working staff to thank for providing such great customer service time and time again. To ensure that we can serve you to the best of our abilities, help us out by scheduling repairs now, instead of waiting until it is icy.

Check Us Out!

On top of cleanings and repairs, we offer a lot of other services, too! We do installations, dryer vent cleaning, and we can troubleshoot your chimney problems in no time. Our CSIA certified sweeps are ready, willing, and qualified to help you out today. Give us a call to set up your appointment now!

Common Chimney Repairs

What about Repairs?

If you are a fireplace owner, you know how important it is to schedule regular maintenance for your chimney and fireplace. A professional chimney expert comes to check that everything is running Common Chimney Repairs Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney and Venting Servicesmoothly and that no repairs are necessary.

What if repairs are needed? Never fear! SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here for you – ready and able to fix any issues you may be facing.

Here at Sirvent Chimney, we take chimney health seriously, which is why we strive to educate our customers on a regular basis. Does something seem off with your appliance? Check out this list of common chimney repairs.

Damaged Chimney Cap Or Crown

Chimney caps and crowns work hard to protect the opening of your chimney. Without these, your chimney will face a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. The caps and crowns work to keep water and excess moisture away, and keep your unit free from animals and countless potential blockages.

Crown or cap damage should be addressed right away. You will find yourself facing more damage the longer cracks and holes are left alone! A lot of time and money addressing complicated repairs that could have been easily fixed if spotted sooner. Call us in to inspect and repair your crown or cap today!

Cracked/Broken-Down Masonry

If your masonry is showing any signs of wear and tear, call in someone as soon as you can. You are in for a long list of problems if your brickwork is given the chance to absorb excessive amounts of moisture. Say hello to stains, deterioration, clogs, rust, cracks, rotting wood, and more!

Excess water means your chimney will experience the freeze/thaw process. The process occurs as water freezes and expands in the winter, and thaws and shrinks in the spring. This leads to a lot of unwanted problems. All that pressure could lead to a settlement or, worse, an entire chimney collapse! Save yourself countless stressful hours, and schedule your next inspection now.

Loose Flashing, Cracked Flues, Damaged Dampers, & More!

We’ve already listed a lot of problems, and that’s just the beginning. If your flashing becomes loose, you are looking at a lot of excess moisture and water damage. It could rust and deteriorate, leaving your chimney and roof vulnerable to countless issues. Professional inspections and installations are vital to chimney health and prevention of these problems.

Your flue or damper could be cracked or damaged, causing a long list of problems with ventilation. If you have any chimney experience, you know how important proper airflow is! Save yourself the hassle by investing in us today!

At SirVent Chimney, we can help you come up with solutions that will drastically reduce the need for repairs in the future. Now is the time – pick up your phone and call 704-621-9373!