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Why Are Chimney Sweeps So Busy In The Fall?

Hoping to get a chimney sweeping or inspection scheduled soon? If you’ve made a few calls, you may already know that most companies have a bit of a waitlist this time of year. Fireplace usage is on the mind of countless homeowners as the holidays approach, and many are eager to ensure everything is safe to use and ready to go for any upcoming festivities.

If you’re one of the many who didn’t get their annual maintenance done earlier on in the year, then we have some options for you. Learn more below, then get in touch with the experienced and qualified team of experts at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service today.

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Have You Heard About Our Wait List?

To try and relieve some of the pressure on our schedule books, we have created a waitlist for those hoping to get booked as soon as possible. Once on this list, you’ll be in line to be scheduled should any cancellations come up. This could provide you with the relief you are looking for, and we are able to stay hard at work keeping homes in the area as safe as possible for the upcoming winter months.

If you want to learn more, or if you’re hoping to get your name added, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We love going above and beyond for our loyal customer base.

Left Waiting For Weeks? We Ask For Patience

In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to look up do-it-yourself tutorials online or find products that require no professional knowledge to operate (such as creosote sweeping logs). If you’re impatient to get your fireplace up and running, we urge you to hold off on these methods and wait for a CSIA certified sweep to perform any necessary sweepings and repairs.

Why wait for an expert? Well, any product on the market will not do as a thorough and in-depth job as a pro and attempting any repair work or other services yourself can result in more damage to your structure. It takes weeks of training, studying, and dedication to become knowledgeable on the ins and outs of your chimney and fireplace, and it’s easy to make mistakes if you don’t know what you are doing.

All in all, even a minor mishap can lead to smoke in your living space, carbon monoxide exposure, chimney fires, house fires, and more. In the end, it’s much more worthwhile to wait a few weeks for care than attempt to tackle the job yourself, and it definitely not worth taking any chances when it comes to your family’s wellbeing. Hold off and count on our experts to set you up as soon as we can!

Don’t Forgo Maintenance, Either!

Another option many consider is to simply go without an annual inspection and use their fireplace anyway. We get the temptation of doing this but strongly encourage against it. Even if you invest in care right away next spring, you could wind up facing extensive damage before that, as well as put your home and family at risk.

Consider this. Creosote builds in your system as you light fires and, if too much is present, your risk of experiencing a chimney fire increases significantly. Chimney fires cause extensive damage and create many gaps and holes, all through which gases, fumes, smoke, and flames can escape into your home.

Creosote is just one of many threats you could potentially face. Your system may also be weakened from water damage and need replacement parts or waterproofing services performed. The only way to check for any potential threats is to get an inspection in the books! We would be happy to look things over as soon as we get a chance.

What To Expect From Our Team

So, what can you expect when our team arrives for a sweeping and inspection? Well, these services take around an hour and a half to perform, so figure on setting aside a good chunk of time from your morning or afternoon. We’ll check for blockages, excess creosote, and any visible damages. Should any issues be present, our crew is equipped to address it all.

What can you do to prepare for your appointment? Well, you won’t want to burn any fires for a full 24 hours before our arrival. This ensures our team and your home stay as safe as possible, and minimizes the risk of stray sparks and embers causing any injuries or damages. We also ask that you clean out your ash box, so our experts can get an accurate evaluation of your system.

Do you have lots of knick-knacks and holiday decor around? It’s advised to remove anything from the mantel or around the fireplace before we arrive. This makes our job go a lot smoother, and it guarantees your belongings don’t get damaged.

Keep in mind, too, that you’ll get a video inspection along with a report of our findings so that you are guaranteed the most in-depth and accurate analysis possible.

Have multiple chimneys you need swept? We’ll discount $99 if you book us to sweep 4 or more flues or chimneys. If you have a big home with lots of hearths, this is a deal you simply cannot beat! Reach out today for more information.

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If you need maintenance, the time to call is now. We would be happy to help you as soon as possible!

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!

What Is The CSIA?CSIA Certified - Lake Norman NC - Sir Vent

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!