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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we take pride in keeping our customer base as safe as possible. That’s why we take the time to invest in things like CSIA certifications, memberships with the NCSG, and countless other educational opportunities. Thanks to these credentials, as well as our many years of experience in the industry, we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise necessary to set you up right year after year.

As we approach the holidays, there are a few extra precautions homeowners need to take to stay better protected from fires, smoke, and poisonous gases. Follow some of our guidelines below and, if you have any other questions, please reach out to our team right away. We are always happy and eager to serve!

Using An Artificial Tree?

Artificial trees are far less messy than their living counterparts, but just because you’re not putting real branches and leaves in your home doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk of the tree going up in flames. Be sure to invest in one that is flame-resistant, and never put it up close to the fireplace or any other heat sources in your home. Also, have fun decorating, but never adorn the tree with lighted candles, and never plug in more than three strands of lights into each other.

Do You Purchase A Real Tree?

If you go with the more traditional option of buying a real tree every year, then there are some important considerations for you to keep in mind, as well. As with artificial trees, keep them far away from any flames or sources of heat, as this increases the likelihood of a fire in your home. It is also vital to water them on a regular basis to ensure they don’t dry out, which would make them much more prone to catch fire.

Finally, don’t leave the lights on when you leave home or when you go to sleep. Always unplug everything to keep your home and family as safe as possible in the weeks ahead!

Invest In A Fireplace Inspection

Yet to get an inspection in the books? The CSIA recommends investing in a fireplace and chimney inspection at least once per year to ensure your system stays running efficiently. This step will also allow a professional to check for any cracks, holes, or other damages throughout your structure, as well as any buildup or creosote accumulation. All of these things increase your chances of gas leaks, house fires, chimney fires, and more, so don’t take any chances, and get an appointment scheduled with our team right away. We’d love to set you up right!

Burn Only Seasoned Wood

Own a wood-burning fireplace, insert, or stove? Then, ensuring you only burn well-seasoned wood in your appliance is a must! You can tell your logs are ready to use when they are split at the ends, darker in color, shorter in length, and lightweight. Another to test them is to smack them together. If they made a hollow, clunking noise (as opposed to a dull thud), then you should be good to go!

Looking to season your own wood? Just be sure to cut the pieces short and store them in a place with open sides and a sturdy roof. You’ll also want to ensure they are off the ground. It’s recommended that wood be stored for at least six months before use – this makes certain that the moisture content has significantly lowered!

Do You Own Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

Another vital step of maintaining safety over the holidays is investing in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In a time where your home is filled with bright lights, candles, and flammable decor, it’s a sad fact that your risk of experiencing a house fire increases dramatically. Your increased use of the fireplace doesn’t help matters, either! All in all, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help you enjoy the holidays to the fullest, without fear that your family members are at risk.

These devices often offer the first warning signs of danger within the household. Be sure to regularly check the batteries in yours and replace both the batteries and the units as necessary.

Don’t Put Off Fireplace Repairs & Sweepings

Did an inspection reveal excess creosote in your flue, cracks in your brickwork, and/or rusted chimney parts? Don’t put off repair work and sweepings! Using a chimney that isn’t in good shape greatly increases your chances of experiencing carbon monoxide exposure, house fires, smoke inhalation, and more. Not to mention, the longer you put off repairs, the worse any issues will become. An easy and affordable fix now could easily turn into a time-consuming and expensive restoration job down the line. Make the right choice, and get our experts on the job right away.

Our team is here to help, and we would love to give you everything you need to make this holiday season the best one yet. Don’t wait! Call today to set up your appointment, then move forward with the peace of mind you deserve this winter. We’re eager to work with you soon.

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.