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Schedule A Sweeping With Us Before Fall

Clogs, creosote, and excess debris all hinder a fireplace’s performance significantly, as well as put your home and family at risk. If you’re in need of sweeping this fall, don’t hesitate to call us in. You deserve to enjoy your holiday season to the fullest, and this is a surefire way to guarantee countless comfortable and cozy evenings indoors when temperatures are freezing outside.

Our trained and experienced crew is ready to serve. Schedule now, so we can find a time slot that works well for you. It’s our busy season, so there’s no time to lose!Brick chimneys in the background of a pile of leaves on a roof

Avoiding Gas Leaks & Carbon Monoxide

One thing regular sweepings help to minimize is the risk of gas leaks and exposure to harmful fumes, such as carbon monoxide. When there’s a lot of build up inside of your system, you won’t get good air flow, which is vital for safer functioning all around. When the fumes and smoke produced by the fire cannot find enough pathways to escape outdoors, they’ll simply turn around and enter your home, putting your loved ones at risk.

Smoke in the living room is never ideal, and it can stink up your furniture and belongings in a hurry. However, carbon monoxide gives off no odor so it won’t leave bad smells in your home, but this is a disadvantage when it comes to keeping your loved ones safer. Because this gas is so hard to detect, people often don’t realize they’ve been exposed until they are feeling ill and this results in multiple carbon monoxide-related deaths every single year.

Avoid potential risks by letting us look things over to see if a sweeping is in order. We also suggest having carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, so you and your loved ones can be alerted at the first signs of danger. It’s an easy step that can make a huge difference down the line!

Dangers Of Creosote

Creosote is another substance that threatens the safety of your home and family. It needs to be regularly removed and, when it isn’t, it can clog up your chimney and threaten the structural integrity of your brickwork and mortar.

The biggest threat against your chimney is actually flammable nature and the increased likelihood of experiencing a chimney fire. Chimney fires break down your chimney’s interior, making you more prone to a collapse, and they also create pathways in which flames and fumes can escape into your home. If a homeowner uses a fireplace that has undergone a chimney fire, their risk of experiencing a house fire or gas leak increases significantly.

Give Us A Call Now, Before Cold Weather Strikes

If you’re eager to put your fireplace to use on the first cold days of the year, then give us a call right away to schedule your sweeping. When it comes to the safety of your home and family, there’s simply no time to lose! Our team is ready to serve you.

Let Us Take On All Of Your Chimney Problems

Are you eager to kick off your burning season this fall, but know that your chimney is experiencing some issues? There are a number of things that could be going on causing all sorts of problems that are both inconvenient and dangerous, and it can make the upcoming holiday season a whole lot less pleasant when your fireplace is giving you trouble.Your Chimney Problems - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney & Venting Service

Well, when it comes experience, expertise, and training, our team can’t be beat! We are dedicated to troubleshooting chimney problems all throughout our service areas, and we won’t quit until we figure out what’s going on. Trust in us with it all – you won’t regret it!

What To Expect From Us

When people hire us to track down the source of their chimney struggles, they sometimes get an unsettling picture of us tearing into your fireplace and pulling things apart until we figure we out. This isn’t the case at all! We’ll start out simple and go from there, checking out the most easily accessible parts of your chimney first, then moving forward, as needed.

We’ve been in this line of work for quite some time now, so we know where to start and what the most likely culprit of your issue is. For example, if you have some serious water leaks occurring, then there’s a good chance a chimney cap will resolve your issues. This is fairly quick and very affordable fix and, once we’re done, you’ll be good to go!

Whether the root of the problem is big or small, extensive or simple, we’ll track it down, and we’ll give you an honest and straightforward assessment of the situation. We can then recommend your best options for moving forward. No matter what, we’ll get you up and running again before fall comes back around, so that you can enjoy your burning season to the fullest!

Resolving These Issues Guarantees A Safer Home

Throughout all of this, one this is for certain. If you have a problem with your chimney or fireplace, calling in a team of professional sweeps is the right move to make. From blockages to water damage to broken down parts and more, there are a number of things that could be going on, all of which put your home and family at some serious risk.

Don’t risk a settlement, collapse, gas leak, chimney fire, or anything else that could cause illness, injury, and/or a whole lot of damage. Make your life easier and less stressful by simply depending on us from the very start! Your home deserves to be cared for by a high-quality and thoughtful team, and we can help guarantee you won’t face any bigger issues down the line.

Call Now While Things Are Slower

As you know, fall is just weeks away, and business is going to start picking up soon. Call now to ensure you get an appointment time that works well with your schedule. The sooner we’re on the job, the sooner you can move forward. We’re ready and eager to get started, so please pick up the phone today!

Creosote and Your Chimney

When it comes to fireplace maintenance, there can be a lot of information to take in. Between regular inspections, waterproofing, fixing up brickwork, and more, homeowners often find themselves investing a lot of time and money into their chimney.Creosote and Chimneys Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney
This hard work always pays off when they are sitting around a cozy fire with loved ones, but finding ways to reduce time spent on chimney upkeep is always welcome.

One way to lighten the load is by increasing your awareness of creosote build-up and learning ways to avoid it.

What Is Creosote?

Creosote is a stubborn substance that forms as you burn fires in your chimney.
Sometimes it is flaky, while other times it forms into a sticky tar-like material. Regardless of how it appears, it is not good for the health of your chimney. Not only does a dirty chimney break down the brickwork and mortar, but a build-up of creosote will often be the cause of a chimney fire.

Removing Creosote

When it comes to removing creosote, doing it yourself is typically not the best option. If you miss anything, you leave open the potential for fires and harmful toxins entering the home. Also, knowing which chemicals and tools are appropriate can be challenging, and the wrong combination of products could be bad for chimney health.

When you hire a professional, you know that all of your bases are covered. A fireplace should be inspected and cleaned at least once per year, so be sure to ask your regular sweep about your creosote situation next time they come around. Hiring someone who is trained and certified, like the staff at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, will always be your best option.

Avoiding Creosote

There are ways to avoid creosote building up in your chimney. On top of scheduling your annual cleaning and inspection, follow these guidelines to slow the rate at which it forms.

  • Burn Seasoned Wood: When you pick out your firewood, make sure it is light in weight, cracked or split at the ends, and that it makes a clinking noise (rather than a dull thud) when you hit it together. All of these are signs that the wood is properly seasoned, which will decrease the amount of creosote that forms when you burn it.
  • Maintain Air Flow: Ensuring that air can move properly throughout the chimney is a large component in reducing creosote build-up. The longer smoke and other toxins are allowed to stay within a chimney, the more debris you will end up storing.
  • Keep Temperatures High: Burning seasoned wood and burning it quickly are both key factors in maintaining hot fires that produce a smaller amount of toxins. You will need to refuel a bit more often if you want to keep the fire going, but it will be well worth it to avoid excess creosote sticking to your brickwork.

The best way to avoid too much creosote is to call in the experts at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. Schedule your inspection with us today!