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Now Is The Perfect Time For Mortar & Brick Repairs

Fixing up your brickwork and mortar is something the experts at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service specialize in. Whether you are facing crumbling brickwork, flaking mortar, a cracked chimney crown, or something along these lines, our crew is here to help. We can assist you with our tuckpointing services, brick replacement, crown repair, and more.

Ready to get the care you deserve from our experienced and trained masons? Perfect! This time of year is ideal for scheduling this type of maintenance. Learn more about why now is the best time to schedule your appointment by reading below, then reach out to us today to get started!

The Convenience Of Summertime Scheduling

So, why is now the time to call on our team for your chimney repairs? Well, for one thing, you can’t beat the level of convenience you get with summertime schedule. When the cool winds of fall and winter come back around, our phones start ringing off the hook with people wanting to schedule their chimney care. Because of this, finding a time that works well with your schedule is sometimes challenging.

If you find yourself struggling to find free time on a regular basis, then getting your chimney maintenance out of the way now is your best option. We should be able to easily find a time slot that works well for you. Call now, and we can get you on our schedule today!

Guaranteeing Long-Lasting Repairs

When it comes to masonry repairs, we often use materials that need to cure. Unfortunately, applying these materials in colder temperatures won’t give you the long-lasting results you are hoping for. Summertime lends an ideal temperature range for these repairs, and there is less of a chance of facing bad storms that will destroy the work too.

If we see damages that need attention, but the weather is already cold, icy, and snowy, we may suggest putting off the repair work until later. This means no fireplace usage throughout the cold months and no fires to set the mood for those cozy holiday get-togethers. Avoid this problem by calling our team in right now.

Our Certified Team Is Ready To Help

When it comes to masonry repairs, it is vital to have an expert on the job. Taking on the task without the appropriate knowledge and training can lead to unsightly mistakes and structural problems. Save yourself the stress and hassle by counting on our CSIA certified team for it all. We provide dependable, mess-free, and honest care that you are looking for in your chimney company!

We serve Lake Norman, Concord, Hickory, Statesville, and all of the surrounding towns and communities. Call today, and we can get started!

Spring Cleaning? Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaning ASAP

The dryer vents is one part of a home that is often neglected. They are typically out of sight, which means most people tend to forget about them. Well, if you are starting on your spring cleaning, then we encourage you to add a dryer vent cleaning to the list as well. Fortunately, this is a task that is easy to cross off. All you have to do is simply give our team a call, and we can handle it for you.

The Difference Clean Vents Can Make

So, why is this practice so highly encouraged? Well, a clean dryer vent system can make a big impact on the overall efficiency. If your dryer is not running efficiently, a vent cleaning can help to restore the efficiency of it. If you are wasting time and money waiting on your dryer to run multiple cycles for one load of laundry, then schedule a cleaning and guarantee a better dryer today.

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Along with experiencing heightened efficiency, clean vents also play a huge role in keeping your home safe from potential fires. Dryers can obviously produce high temperatures, and when flammable lint is clogging up your vent, things could quickly overheat and go up in flames.

Think dryer-related fires aren’t that common? Think again. Close to 3,000 clothes dryer fires occur every single year, and these have resulted in more than 5 deaths, around 100 injuries, and millions of dollars worth of damage. What’s the leading cause of this? Failure to clean the appliance.

Another reason to get your vent cleaning now is to reduce the risk of facing carbon monoxide exposure. You can smell or see most gases, but carbon monoxide is not one of them. Unfortunately, this poisonous substance has sent many people to the hospital, and it could even lead to death, if not caught in time.

It is a proven fact that regular and professional cleanings and maintenance of dryer vents can reduce the risk of fires and gas leaks significantly. Our team is here to help. We also advise our customers to invest in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, so you can be warned at the first sign of trouble.

We Are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians

If you hire a company to take care of your dryer vent-related needs, then you want to know that they are getting the job done right. Our experts are certified with the CSIA, so you can rest easy knowing we have the knowledge and skills to take care of you.

We love serving the Lake Norman area, and we are eager to help homeowners to stay safe. If you live in Charlotte, Concord, Hickory, Statesville, or nearby, do not hesitate to reach out to our crew today!

Why To Always Hire CSIA Certified Technicians

Every industry needs qualified and trained professionals in the field to ensure customers get the top-notch service they deserve. If you are looking to a hire a chimney company, be sure they have the qualifications necessary to get the job done right. It’s not uncommon for a business to claim they have extensive experience and a long list of certifications, without actually giving any details on these matters.

Don’t put your fireplace in the hands of someone unqualified. Rather, trust in our CSIA certified crew from the very start!

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Many companies, like us, promote their CSIA certification proudly, but what exactly does this mean? Well, the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) is non-profit organization that trains sweeps on how to provide the best chimney and fireplace care around. Along with this, they strive to keep the public educated on the best practices for maintaining their fireplaces.

The CSIA was established in 1983, and it has set the standard for chimney care ever since. Thanks to this organization, countless sweeps throughout the country have become better equipped to serve their customers and offer the high quality results homeowners deserve .

What Sets A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Apart

Every sweep that earns a CSIA certification must sign a Code of Ethics, ensuring they use their training to treat customers fairly and honestly. They also must promise to use respect and professionalism in all their services, as well as do their best to educate fireplace users on how they can use their system as efficiently and as safely as possible. This guarantees less house fires, less accidents, and less injuries.

CSIA certified sweeps must also continuously renew their certifications, ensuring they stay up-to-date on any and all of the latest advancements in the trade. In an industry that is ever-evolving, this is a must!

It’s a simple truth. Sweeps that are associated with the CSIA have a better handle on a homeowner’s chimney needs, and your fireplace will function better because of it. If you want the best of the best on the job, hire a sweep that knows their stuff. Our crew is happy to help you out!

About Our Credentials

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we take education seriously. Our team is equipped with both CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps and CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, so you can rest easy when we are handling all of your chimney and venting needs. We are also certified with the National Fireplace Institute, and we hold a membership with the National Chimney Sweep Guild, as well.

There’s no doubt that we know everything there is to know about your chimney and fireplace. If you want to ensure your system is running safely and efficiently for your family members, there is no better team to trust in the area! Give us a call today.

Buying The Best Firewood

Best Firewood Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent ChimneyWhen it comes to building and maintaining great fires, picking out the right fuel is a vital step. Using seasoned wood can make all the difference in creating a fire that burns more efficiently. Well-seasoned wood means less toxins, cleaner burns, and less creosote build-up. All of these things not only make your fireplace experience more enjoyable, but keep your home and family safer, as well.

Don’t let smoking issues, chimney fires, and more ruin your holiday season. Read up on these tips for picking out the best fuel possible, so you can get the most out of all your fires this winter.

Check Out The Ends

When sorting through a woodpile, keep an eye out for wood that is short in length and split at the ends. The ends will also be darker in color and will not look as fresh. All of these indicate that more surface area has been exposed to the sun for a longer period of time.

Fresh cut wood can contain a lot of water. The ideal piece of wood will have dried out for over 6 months to ensure as much moisture as possible is gone before going on the burn pile. That’s why these signs are ones you definitely want to consider, the next time you pick out firewood!

Note The Weight

If wood has been given enough time to dry out, it will weigh less. If the wood feels dense and heavy, then there is still too much water inside, and it needs some more time in the sun. Two lightweight pieces will make a clear clunk-ing noise when you hit them together – another great sign of well-seasoned wood!

Store Your Own

The most obvious way to ensure you get the best fuel possible is to store your own firewood. A little time and effort will allow you some great fires this winter, and you won’t have to pay a thing!

If this sounds like the best option for you, make sure that your wood is protected from rain, snow, or any other types of moisture. Your pile will also need good air circulation to ensure the drying process goes smoothly. The CSIA recommends a shed with a roof, open sides, and lots of sun exposure. A classic wood pile works, too, just make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to protect it when the weather gets bad.

If you are ready to start building hotter, cleaner fires that start with ease, take the time to pick out the best wood logs that you can find. Not only will this heighten efficiency, but it will lower the risk of chimney fires and minimizes the likelihood of inhaling smoke and harmful toxins.

For more advice on this subject or anything else chimney or fireplace related, turn to the experts at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. Our staff is CSIA trained and certified, and we are excited about helping you out! Give us a call today!

Why You Want to Use a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

Every year, according to statistics from the NFPA, more than 12,000 Americans die in residential fires. Because of the risks associated with fires, it is important to take steps to prepare your fireplace for the fall and winter. Without taking the proper precautions, an accident can result in a devastating fire that could rob you of the things that are really precious to you, some of which could be irreplaceable.

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Annual Chimney System Inspection and Cleaning Is Job #1

The most important thing you can do, if you haven’t done so already, is schedule an appointment with a qualified chimney company—say the pros at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. The leading cause of fires in wood-burning appliances is creosote (unburned fuel) buildup in the chimney. Burning big, hot fires instead of small, smoky or wet ones will virtually eliminate the likelihood of creosote building up in your chimney, and scheduling an annual cleaning provides extra peace of mind that’ll help you sleep a little easier at night.

Choose a Quality, Qualified Chimney Company

When choosing a qualified chimney sweep to clean your fireplace, a few requirements may cross your mind; unfortunately for many, the CSIA certification status of the prospective chimney sweeps may not be one of them. However, the CSIA recommends that people take a few steps when considering which chimney sweep to do the job. In order to ensure your job is done right, you’ll more than likely want to ask the following questions of all prospective chimney sweeps:

  1. How long has your company been in business?
  2. Do you offer current references?
  3. Do you have any unresolved complaints filed with the city or state consumer protection agency or BBB?
  4. Do you carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect my home and furnishings against accidents?
  5. Do you ensure that a CSIA Certified chimney sweep will be on the job site?

Asking these questions will usually guarantee that your chimney is cleaned correctly and that you don’t end up with a living room full of soot when all is said and done.

The Logo Says a lot Without Saying a Word

The Chimney Safety Institute of America is one of the only nationally recognized certification institutes specifically for chimney sweeps and chimney inspectors. They have classroom training and standardized testing requirements to receive the certification in the first place:

  • Complete a 1 week online review course covering chimney sweeping, inspection and documenting basics
  • Pass a timed 100 question exam based on the 2006 International Residential Codebook with a score of 80% or higher
  • Pass a timed 100 question exam based on the Successful Chimney Sweeping (2009) trade book and the National Fire Protection Association (2010) codebook with a score of 70% or higher

What’s more, the CSIA has certain requirements and a code of ethics by which their certified chimney sweeps must abide in order to remain certified. Certified chimney sweeps must also recertify annually and participate in continuing education courses.

When selecting a chimney sweep, there are obviously many things a homeowner must consider. Before you make that final decision, I implore you to heed these words: not all chimney sweeps are created equal. Choosing a chimney sweep with CSIA certification is of the utmost importance because you don’t want to leave anything to chance. We hope you’ll trust our team for your chimney and dryer vent needs. Your satisfaction and safety is our number one goal, and we look forward to serving you. Give us a call today!