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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!

All Heating Appliances Need Annual Inspections

Whether you have a gas-fueled stove, a wood-burning fireplace, a prefabricated heating source, or something else, you are probably getting it ready for the cooler weather ahead. No matter what type of appliance you have, staying inside during the snow and sleet is always the best idea. However, this is not the case if your system is unfit for regular use.

A number of things can affect how well your heat source functions, which is why annual inspections are a must. Learn more about some of the risks you could encounter below, then count on our team of experts. We are NFI and CSIA certified, so you can rest easy.

The Threat Of Carbon Monoxide

One threat that comes with running a dirty or damaged fireplace or stove is the possibility of carbon monoxide entering your home. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and is known for causing multiple deaths every year. Unfortunately, it has no color or odor, making it virtually impossible to detect with your basic senses.

Having a professional technician look at your system over once per year will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure significantly, and your system will run more efficiently too. We also advise homeowners to invest in carbon monoxide detectors so they stay protected, no matter what.

Increased Risk Of House Fires

Another problem with dirty chimneys is that they are more prone to experience a chimney fire, which can cause serious damage. Creosote is very flammable. The more you have in your system, the more likely it is to spread flames throughout your structure, breaking down your liner and causing all kinds of deterioration.

Once your brickwork, liner, and mortar is weakened, it won’t take long before the heat and flames from your fireplace escape into your home. Adjacent woodwork can catch on fire within a few hours when given the chance, and it won’t be long before you are facing substantial property damage. This is one case where paying for an inspection now can save you thousands down the line!

Do Your Dryer Vents Need Attention?

Like your chimney, your dryer vents need annual care, too. They should be cleaned out once a year to ensure all flammable lint and debris is removed. Neglecting this maintenance can easily lead to gas leaks, dryer fires, and property damage. If your dryer is unusually hot, taking longer than normal to dry a load of laundry, or giving off a warm, musty odor, then consider talking with our team today.

Finding a reliable chimney company shouldn’t be a big hassle, which is why we are here to help. We offer honest, upfront pricing, and we would love to help you keep your home as safe as possible for the upcoming burning season. Call today!

The Value Of CSIA Certification

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a nonprofit organization that has been around since 1983. It spreads fireplace and chimney knowledge to homeowners and sweeps all throughout the country so that homes everywhere can function safer and more efficiently.

The CSIA is nationally recognized and holds the standard when it comes to chimney care and education… and the staff at SirVent Chimney is proud to hold their certifications! Learn more about this organization below. It won’t take long for you to see why the CSIA receives countless praises and recognition year after year!

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The CSIA maintains such a good reputation is because the board of directors is always raising the bar for themselves and for their sweeps. In an industry where techniques and technology change on a regular basis, it’s important to stay on top of everything, and the CSIA is always pushing their sweeps to better themselves!

This is why anyone who holds a CSIA certification must renew it every 3 years in order to maintain their title. When you hire a certified sweep, you can rest easy because they are up to date on any of the latest coding and regulations. Technicians obtaining their certification will take written tests and go through tons of hands-on learning experiences to better themselves for all of their future customers.

People trust the CSIA because they prove themselves time and time again. With every year that passes, they never fail to stay current on all of the latest developments in the chimney sweep trade. There’s no doubt that they expect a lot from the sweeps they train. We take pride in our CSIA certifications because we know the training we go through helps make us the best that we can be… and our customers deserve that!

Maintaining A High Moral Code

We also respect the CSIA for their strong ethical viewpoints and their selfless mission statement. This organization wants their sweeps to use what they learn to better serve the public and treat homeowners with professionalism and honesty in every job they take on. They push their sweeps to respect anyone they work with and to educate the public on how to maintain a safer home. That’s why every CSIA certified professional must sign a code of ethics before they are granted their credentials.

When it comes to keeping the public informed, the CSIA is on top of it! There are tons of things that can go wrong when a chimney isn’t well maintained (house fires, chimney fires, gas leaks, etc.), and the leaders of this organization want to do all they can to ensure these disasters never occur. When you work with a CSIA certified expert, you know you’re in the best hands possible. That’s why we want you to work with us!

If you need some routine maintenance done on your fireplace, dryer vents, or masonry, please give us a call today. The experienced staff at SirVent Chimney is happy to serve you!

Building A Top Down Fire

How You Can Build a Top Down Fire Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney & Venting ServiceWhen it comes to building and maintaining fires, everyone seems to have different tips or tricks in place. While you may think your method is the most effective, this may not be the case! We would like you to try the top down method when lighting up your next fire. This approach goes against the norm, but proves to be very effective. Give it a try today!

Step-By-Step Guide

Here are the simple steps to follow when building your top down fire.

  1. Start off by stacking your largest pieces of seasoned firewood in the bottom of your fireplace. Your wood should be placed so that the ends are at the front and the back of the fireplace. This will help with overall airflow, ensuring a better burn. Also, be sure that the wood is well-seasoned.
  2. Stack about four or five rows of wood on top of the initial pile. Each row should contain smaller pieces of wood than the previous one. This entire stack should be about the half the height of your fireplace once you are done and, again, the wood should be well-seasoned and very dry to ensure the best burn possible.
  3. Add the smallest pieces of wood and kindling to the top of your wood pile.
  4. An additional optional step is to add some newspapers to the top of your stack. This may make the process work a bit easier, especially if you are new to the top down method.
  5. Light your kindling, and let the flames do the rest!

At this point, the fire should work its way down through the wood pile. What a simple process!

Benefits Of Top Down Fires

You may be wondering why this method is so esteemed by those that utilize it. There are a few main reasons why the top down fire-building process is a favorite of many.

  • Less Smoke: This method typically produces less fumes. Since the fire does not have to work its way through various pieces of fuel, it will not produce as much smoke, allowing for a cleaner burn. This helps keep your home safer, minimizes nasty odors spreading to your furniture, and your friends and family won’t have to worry as much about inhaling harmful toxins.
  • No Refueling: One of the cons of owning a wood-burning fireplace is the need to constantly refuel your fire. With the top down method, there is no need for that! You save yourself a lot of time and hassle while the fire simply works its way down the wood pile. Simply relax and enjoy it!
  • Less Mess: When you have to add wood to a fire on a regular basis, you will eventually deal with the big pieces on top breaking down and collapsing on the fire. This calls for some rearranging and sends up a bunch of embers and smoke. Not with the top down process! The biggest pieces are at the bottom, so all you have to do is wait – no mess involved.

Try building a top down fire today, and be sure to turn to SirVent Chimney and Venting Service for all of your chimney and fireplace needs. Thanks for choosing us!