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We Install, Service & Clean Dryer Vents

Were you aware that dirty dryer vents can impact the safety of your home significantly? If your dryer cannot properly vent, the heat and fumes build up and could easily start a fire. It does not take long for the flammable lint in your system to catch flames, which could easily spread through your home and cause damage and injury.

Along with this, obstructions in your vents can lead to carbon monoxide backing up into your home. This colorless, odorless gas is very dangerous and can be deadly when not detected right away. Avoid exposure at all costs by investing in regular maintenance for your gas appliances and by purchasing carbon monoxide detectors for your home.

If you are concerned about the health of your dryer vents, get in touch with our qualified crew today. We would be more than happy to help you out!

person getting laundry out of the dryerSigns of Dirty Dryer Vents

So, how can you know for sure that your vents need attention? Well, first of all, if it has been over a year since your last cleaning it is always best to have a professional check things over. Annual maintenance guarantees your appliance will run as safely and as efficiently as possible month after month.

Along with this, consider how quickly or slowly your clothes have been drying. If you have to run the same load through the dryer multiple times before everything is dry, then there is definitely a problem. Most people are quick to blame the machine itself, but more often than not, the issue can be resolved with a simple cleaning.

Other signs include high temperatures in the laundry room, lint in and around the dryer, clothes being hot after drying, a strong/musty odor, and the appliance itself seeming warmer than normal. Keep your senses aware to anything that may be off, so you can have the problem addressed before more dangerous scenarios can occur.

We Are Certified With The CSIA

If you have worked with us in the past, then you likely know we are CSIA certified to handle any and all of your chimney or fireplace-related needs. But did you know we are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, as well? That’s right. When it comes to providing our customers with the best of the best, we never settle for less.

What does this mean exactly? To become a CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, you must undergo training and take an extensive exam to ensure you are up-to-date and knowledgeable on all of the proper techniques. This is the only nationally recognized credential when it comes to dryer vent services, and we are proud to maintain it!

So, what are you waiting for? The time to count on our qualified and experienced crew is now. We can’t wait to speak with you soon!

Stop The Freeze/Thaw Process With Waterproofing

Cold weather can bring about a lot of fun moments as kids build snow forts, go sledding, and more. Snowy days also promote that festive, Christmas-y atmosphere that people cherish year after year and, if you ask us, nothing is better than gathering around the hearth on a chilly evening.

Unfortunately, this type of weather can also bring some issues when it comes to keeping your home and chimney better protected. One problem that is important to avoid is the freeze/thaw process. Learn more below, then contact us today for the best care in Lake Norman and its surrounding areas. SirVent Chimney has your back through it all!

sweep on roof cleaning chimneyWhat Is The Freeze/Thaw Process?

The freeze/thaw process occurs when temperatures go below freezing. Your chimney’s brickwork is very absorbent, so it can easily soak in a lot of water throughout the warmer months. When temperatures go below freezing, this pre-absorbed moisture will turn to ice and expand, causing your masonry to expand slightly, as well.

This ice will melt on warmer days, then freeze when the weather gets cold again. As the freeze/thaw process occurs multiples times a season, your chimney ends up facing a lot of wear! These small shifts may not seem like a big deal, but they wind up putting a lot of extra strain and pressure on your system, triggering all kinds of issues down the line.

All in all, moisture in and throughout your chimney’s masonry is something you want to avoid. Leaks and water damage can cause all kinds of deterioration to occur, and soon enough you’ll be facing cracks, holes, clogs, decay, rust, rot, and more. It’s not worth facing these expensive and timely repairs, when you can invest in preventative maintenance ahead of time!

Don’t compromise the structure of your chimney and fireplace. Get help from us today!

We Can Waterproof Your System

A surefire way to prevent water from soaking into your masonry is by investing in professional waterproofing services from our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service. Unlike many paints and sealers that you can buy from the store, we use products that are vapor-permeable, ensuring any moisture already inside of your system doesn’t stay trapped.

Working with our team will give you the protection and peace of mind you deserve this holiday season. Your system will be more durable than ever! The moisture already inside of the brickwork will be able to escape, but nothing else will be able to get in. Our products are the best around, so you can rest easy lighting countless cozy fires throughout Christmas and New Years. Trust in us for it all!

We Can Tackle All Of Your Chimney Needs

Along with waterproofing, we can provide inspections, sweepings, repairs, and more. Whatever you need to get your fireplace in tip-top shape, we can cover! We’re ready and eager to help, so give our team a call today. There’s no time to lose!

Safety Tips For Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel

Whether you’re adding spooky spider webs for Halloween, leaves and turkeys for Thanksgiving, or snowmen and reindeer for Christmas, decorating your fireplace mantel can be a fun activity for any holiday! That being said, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind to avoid potential damage and unsafe situations.

Fortunately, the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to offer advice and guidance to help homeowners avoid a catastrophe this holiday season. Check out these tips for decorating your mantel in the upcoming months.

Be Cautious With Flammable Decor

christmas fireplaceA lot of holiday decorations are flammable, so it’s important to keep them a safe distance from any potential flames. On this same note, do not intentionally burn any old decorations, wrapping paper pieces, garbage, old boxes, or similar items in your fireplace, as these items all encourage the build up of creosote, which is known for triggering chimney fires.

It’s also important to keep your tree, as well as any gifts, away from the fireplace. The needles and sap in live trees are very flammable, and it’s not worth taking any risks! If you choose to buy a fake tree, make sure it is fire-resistant to reduce the chances of a house fire. If you do buy a live tree, never burn it in the fireplace at the end of the season as this, too, encourages creosote to accumulate.

Extra Steps For Protecting Your Home

Since fireplaces are put to use more often during the holiday season, it’s important to keep fire safety tips in mind throughout your burning period. For example, ensure that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are equipped with new batteries and working properly, as these devices could make all the difference in getting everyone out of the house safely.

Also, if you have a wood-burning fireplace, be cautious when disposing of ashes. Be sure you’re storing them in a metal bucket and on a non-flammable surface for at least a few days until all embers are definitely extinguished. Along with this, be certain everyone knows at least two ways out of the home, should a fire occur, and practice potential escape plans to ensure everyone is ready in case of an emergency.

Schedule An Inspection With Us Today

One of the biggest steps you can take to keep your home protected is to invest in regular fireplace care. By scheduling an inspection every year with a CSIA certified chimney sweep, you can spot any build up or damage well ahead of time and have it addressed before the holidays really kick off.

Have you gotten your inspection on the books yet? If not, count on our team to help you out. We offer level 1, 2 and 3 inspections, so we’ll have you covered, no matter what your fireplace needs are. Give us a call today to set something up!

Do I Need A Level 1, 2, Or 3 Chimney Inspection?

With fall upon us and winter fast approaching, homeowners are anticipating colder weather, which means more fireplace use. Not to mention, a crackling flame sets the perfect aesthetic for every holiday gathering! Annual inspections are a must for fireplace owners, and we tend to get a lot of calls for them right around this time of year.

Ensure your home and family stays safer and more comfortable this year by calling on our CSIA certified crew to help you out. Inspections help us determine whether or not you have clogs, build up, or damages, all of which put your system at risk if not addressed in a timely manner.

Avoid chimney fires, gas leaks, smoke back-up, and more by depending on us from the very start. Call now, and we’ll set you up with an appointment right away!

All About Your Next InspectionChimney being inspected

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we offer three levels of chimney inspections, each of which offers something different based upon your unique needs. Learn more about these below, then give us a call, and we can set you up right.

So, let’s say you’ve consistently invested in annual inspections over the years and haven’t done anything to change fuel types or modify your fireplace’s structure. In this case, a level one inspection should be all you need. The sweep will review all readily accessible parts of your chimney and evaluate whether or not any further maintenance is required.

A level two inspection is needed when your chimney system needs a more extensive look. Have you undergone major reconstruction or changed your fuel type? Then, we recommend a level two inspection. They are also necessary after a big storm or bad weather event has occurred, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or something similar. Finally, if property is being sold or purchased, a level two inspection is required.

What makes a level two inspection different than a level one? The biggest difference is that it involves the use of video equipment, allowing sweeps to view more of your system’s interior. This guarantees every part of your chimney is analysed and inspected, so that any necessary problems can be spotted and taken care of.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection. These are less common and require the sweeps to actually take apart pieces of your chimney and/or fireplace to access parts that are potentially damaged. This will only be done if there is no other option to locate the source of your chimney’s issues.

Call Us In Now Before Winter Weather Strikes

Soon temperatures will drop low, and once that happens you won’t want to wait to get a fire going. Ensure everything is ready to go and in the best shape possible by calling our team of experts in now! Fall is our busy season, so you don’t want to waste any more time. Pick up the phone and set up your appointment today.

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!