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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!

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!

What Does A Chimney Sweeping Entail?

Do you own a fireplace? Well, soon it will be time to start putting it to use! Fall is coming up fast, and before we know it the cool holiday season will be here in full swing. Make sure you’re prepared for it by scheduling an inspection with our crew today. And, if you need a sweeping, we can help with that, too! Learn more about this process below, then give us a call to get your appointment on the books.

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We’ll Remove Blockages

First things first, we’ll need to ensure no blockages are present within your system. If your flue is clogged up with dirt, debris, nesting materials, and more, air will not be able to flow through the chimney as efficiently. This will keep your fireplace from running as well, and it could send smoke and other dangerous fumes, like carbon monoxide, back into your home.

Carbon monoxide exposure results in hundreds of deaths every single year, and it’s colorless and odorless characteristics make it next to impossible to detect. Don’t risk it – have our crew check your chimney over today. We also urge our customers to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for their home.

We’ll Remove Creosote

Creosote is a substance that forms in your chimney as you burn fires in your fireplace. Things like burning unseasoned wood, restricted airflow, and cooler than normal chimney temperatures cause creosote to form at a faster rate and, the more you have of it, the more likely you are to face a chimney fire.

Chimney fires are extremely harmful to the health of your structure, and they cause all kinds of deterioration throughout your brickwork and mortar. These damages will give smoke, flames, and dangerous gases ample opportunity to escape into your home, meaning you could be dealing with medical bills, property damage, and sick or injured family members before you know it.

Our team will ensure no creosote is present when our job is through. We have specialized tools that effectively remove it, and we are certified with the CSIA and the NFI, so you can rest easy because we definitely know our stuff. Call today, so that we can get started!

Any Damages?

When sweeping your chimney, we will also check for any damages or potential threats to your chimney’s structural integrity. Should we find any issues that need addressing, we will suggest further maintenance, and you can bet our crew can handle it all. In no time, you’ll be all set and ready to put your system to use, ensuring a happy, safe, and comfortable autumn and winter season.

Anxious to get started? So are we! Our busy season will be here soon, so reach out now to get your appointment scheduled at a time that works well for you. We’re ready to take your call!

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.

What Is Creosote?

When it comes to chimney care, there is one fact everyone agrees on. This is annual inspections and cleanings are essential! This regular maintenance ensures that all necessary repairs are addressed in a timely manner. In addition, no blockages are messing things up. Also, that all parts of the chimney are working as efficiently as possible.

These things are all very important for the health of your chimney. However, there’s another reason cleanings are so important! The removal of creosote. Many have heard of this substance, but have little knowledge of what it is and just how harmful it can be. Learn more about it below!

What Does It Look Like?

Creosote can take on various forms, and it will always be darker in color. Sometimes is it brittle and flaky, while other times is textured more like tar. The worst form is when it is shiny or glossy and very hard. This is difficult to remove and is a sign that buildup has been occurring for much longer than is safe.

Why Is It Harmful?

No matter what your creosote looks like, it is always dangerous. When too much accumulates, you are more prone to chimney fires, which damage your chimney and put your entire household at risk. You see, creosote is very flammable, meaning any stray sparks or out of control flames could lead to a big mess and hazardous situations.

How does it damage your chimney? It weakens masonry, melts mortar, causes cracks to form, warps metal, and can cause separation to occur between chimney parts. Basically, your entire unit will function less efficiently and not be safe for regular use. No matter the material, brand, style, or age of your chimney, a chimney fire will always cause lots of costly damage!

Always keep an open eye for signs that a chimney fire has occurred. These include puffy creosote, warped metal, missing or cracked tile pieces, discoloration, heat damage, poor air circulation, creosote on the ground or roof, damaged roofing materials, and cracks in your chimney. Knowing your stuff and staying ahead of the game will help you out a lot in the long run.

How Can I Avoid It?

You can avoid the accumulation of creosote by burning smartly. That is, only use seasoned wood, don’t burn odd materials (trash, paper plates, etc.), watch your temperature ranges, and make sure your air supply is not blocked off. All of these factors will help keep creosote buildup to a minimum.

That being said, avoiding creosote altogether is impossible. Some will form, no matter how careful you are, and you will always want to schedule an annual cleaning to ensure your home and family stays as safe as possible.

That’s why you should turn to SirVent Chimney & Venting Service today! Give us a call at 704-621-9373, so we can get you in the books. We look forward to working with you!