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Common Chimney Repairs

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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!

It’s National Fireplace Month!

With fall time comes falling leaves, crisp weather, and excitement as people count down the days until Thanksgiving and other exciting holidays. The dropping temperatures also bring more fireplace use for homeowners everywhere. Fireplaces add warmth and a cozy atmosphere to any home, which is why the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association has declared October National Fireplace Month!

What This Signifies

National Fireplace Month is a time to celebrate the role fireplaces play in bringing homes and families together. There are countless ways to enhance and personalize your fireplace so that it not only blends well with your other décor, but highlights your personality, as well. There are also a wide variety of products built to keep your fireplace running efficiently throughout the year. That’s why fireplace month is so great for bringing more awareness to the endless array of options that homeowners have when it comes to their fireplace and chimney.

This month-long occasion is also set in place to bring attention to the importance of fireplace safety. There are various ways homeowners can ensure that their home and family stay as safe as possible throughout these colder months, and staying educated on safety tips can make a huge difference for one’s health and home.

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We provide countless services for chimneys and fireplaces. Our trained and certified professionals recognize the importance of fireplace maintenance, and they are ready to do everything they can to get your home looking great. Whether you have leaks, cracks in your brickwork, creosote build-up, or just need your regular inspection completed, we have the tools to help you out, contact us.

We also do installations! If you want to change up your fireplace or if you need the stove of your dreams installed before cold weather hits, give us a call today! We will happily get everything set up and working efficiently, so that you can enjoy it all throughout the fall and winter months, contact us today!

At SirVent Chimney, we also care about your safety. Keep these tips in mind, as you start putting your fireplace to more frequent use.

  • Make an escape plan: Having a fire escape plan set up ahead of time will allow you and family members to always know the quickest way out of the house. Create alternative routes, in case a fire has someone closed in. Review this plan from time to time and practice it at home with your family.
  • Install smoke Alarms: Installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors can make a huge difference in maintaining home safety. Carbon monoxide is odorless, making it hard to detect without the device, and a smoke alarm will alert you at the first sign of smoke, allowing you the time you need to get out.
  • Attend to your fires: Never light a fire and leave it without supervision. If everyone goes to bed it needs to be completely put out. Also, ensure that no flammable materials are near the fire while it is going.

Annual inspections are vital for home and chimney health, as well. Have our experts check out yours today. We look forward to your call!

Schedule An Inspection Before The Fall Rush

Now that summer is upon on us, it is easy to forget that your fireplace still needs regular, year-round maintenance. Getting an annual inspection and cleaning is highly recommended for keeping creosote levels down and ensuring that your chimney stays healthy.

Hiring a professional to check out your chimney and make sure that everything is in good condition will help keep your fireplace running strong for years to come. A clean chimney makes building and enjoying fires much safer for those living inside of the home and dramatically reduces the risk of chimney fires. On top of all this, ensuring that any cracks or other needed repairs get addressed before more regular use is important for running your chimney and fireplace as efficiently as possible, so you are not wasting time and money, trying to heat your home.
It is also important to note that, no matter what type of fireplace you own, an annual inspection is always recommended. Whether you burn gas, wood, or pellet, each type of appliance will benefit from a thorough cleaning and assessment.

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Many homeowners put off inspections and schedule professional maintenance right before the cold weather hits or shortly thereafter. Getting your annual inspection done at the start of winter is a good idea, but there is no need to wait until the last minute. Once the leaves start to fall, time slots fill up fast, so consider scheduling your maintenance sooner, rather than later. The longer you wait, the longer it will be before you and your family can enjoy a cozy fire in the comfort of your home.

Turn To SirVent!

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we have all of the tools you need to ensure that your chimney will run efficiently. Our experts are trained and certified, and our intricate step-by-step process will enable you to rest assured knowing that your chimney is safe for use. We can also assess whether or not repairs are needed throughout the fireplace and provide you with the best options for addressing any damages.

We also specialize in converting appliances, so if you are looking to switch to a gas stove, we can help. Let us know what you are looking for and how much time and maintenance you are looking to invest in your new appliance, and we will happily guide you in making the right decision for your home. Our experts will install the new unit and anyone at SirVent will be happy to answer questions as far as regular maintenance and upkeep.

Check us out online and see what we can do for you. Chimney inspections will soon be in high demand, so schedule yours before it is too late. Stop on by, book a slot online, or give us a call today!

Avoid Leaks With Chimney Flashing

If you fear a leaking roof, then you are not alone. Moisture penetration in the home can mean water-stained walls and rotted wood, both of which are unsightly and cost a lot to repair. Avoid this issue altogether by investing in chimney flashing. This will help keep your home leak-free for years to come and will save you a lot of stress and extra costs down the line.Avoid Leaks With Chimney Flashing - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

What Is Chimney Flashing?

There is a lot of information out there about the importance of waterproofing your brick to keep water out, but not a lot of people know what flashing is. The point at which the roof and the chimney meet is a common entry point for water to get it and start causing damage. The flashing is what protects this area from outside elements and keeps your home and roof safe and dry.

Potential Issues

There are many potential issues you may face, should you choose to neglect your flashing. Often times the damage caused by leaks and excess water are far more costly and time-consuming than the cost of regular upkeep. Get your flashing inspected today and avoid these issues.

  • Rust and Decay: The chimney itself, as well as the walls and surrounding areas, will face a lot of decay and deterioration should water be given the opportunity to penetrate them. This means unsightly stains and rot, as well as replacement costs for all the rusted metal components of the chimney (such as the chimney cap and fireplace accessories). On top of this, water can eventually make its way to your furniture and belongings, causing mold and mildew build-up.
  • Clogged Pathways: Owning a chimney means dealing with a lot of excess debris that needs to be cleaned out regularly. Adding moisture to this debris build-up makes it thicker, heavier, and that much harder to clean out. By keeping water out, you further avoid the possibility of tough clogs and other nasty build-up.
  • Nasty Odor: If you have a wood-burning chimney, then you know about creosote build-up. When water mixes with creosote the end result is not pleasant. This combination creates a foul odor that could permeate your home and soak into your curtains and furniture. Avoid this unpleasant scenario by fixing water problems before they start.
  • Chimney Collapse: If your chimney has problems with leaking, then getting these issues fixed right away is important in ensuring the longevity of your brick. The more moisture that gets sucked into the brick and mortar, the more likely your chimney is to break down entirely. A collapsed chimney means a lot of costly and time-consuming home repairs. Also, should your chimney collapse when someone is home, your family could be facing a lot of potential danger.

Save yourself the headache of dealing with these issues by taking preventative measures early on. Inspecting your chimney and flashing can be dangerous, and trying to install flashing to fit your unique chimney set-up is not ideal, even for the advanced do-it-yourselfers. Call in an expert today to get your flashing inspected so that you can keep your home and family dry for years to come.

Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather

With cold weather upon us, it is important to ensure that your chimney is safe for use throughout the winter months. There are many steps you can take to prepare, all of which will keep your chimney in good shape and ready to use. Nothing is more important than the safety of your home and family, and following these tips will give you peace of mind, while allowing you to enjoy your fireplace to its fullest potential.Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

 

  • Get Inspected: Getting a professional in to clean and inspect your chimney is vital in maintaining the health of your fireplace. Experts know exactly what and where to clean, while using the appropriate tools. They can also look for any needed repairs and will clear out excess debris or animal nests that may be forming blockages that are causing improper air flow. Most importantly, they will remove creosote build-up. Creosote forms as your chimney is put to use and it is highly flammable. Getting it out significantly reduces your risk of having a house fire.

 

  • Address Needed Repairs: Once you know what needs to be fixed, make sure all of those things are taken care of before starting a fire. Cracks and other openings will cause your chimney to run much less efficiently and could cause even more damage in the long run if left alone. This will lead to a lot of wasted time and expense in future. Hire a professional to check out your damages to ensure all issues are properly addressed.

 

  • Clean Out Ashes: Make sure you are periodically cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace. Be certain that they are cooled down completely before removing. Then, take the proper steps to dispose of them, ensuring that they are not thrown any place where they could reignite. Many throw them in their garden, which can be very enriching for the soil.

 

  • Check The Chimney Cap: Your chimney cap keeps animals and other outside elements from entering and damaging your chimney. Make sure that it is in good condition and consider having it replaced if it is damaged. If you do not have a chimney cap, purchasing one would be a positive and necessary investment and will help to ensure that your chimney lasts a long time.

 

  • Check Smoke Detectors: Make certain that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order. During the night, many sleep through the first warning signs of a fire, making smoke detectors the only thing alerting you that there is an issue. Check yours today to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to escape, should a fire occur in your home.

 

SirVent Chimney and Venting Service has everything you need to get your fireplace ready for cold weather. Our experts are trained to offer advice and services based upon your needs. Give us a call today!