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Ways To Protect Your Chimney

Worried your chimney is facing more wear and tear than it can handle? These structures are known for being strong and sturdy, but only when they are adequately protected from the elements. Fortunately for folks throughout the Lake Norman area, the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to help with it all. Follow our guidelines below, then reach out for further professional assistance from our qualified crew. We’d be happy to help with it all!

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Have A Chimney Cap Installed

Every chimney needs to have some type of cover installed over the opening at the top. Otherwise, water, dirt, debris, animals, and more will work their way in causing clogs to form and significantly damaging the structure. An easy and affordable fix comes in the form of a chimney cap. A chimney cap is something that is fitted over the fireplace opening, and it blocks out all of these harmful things, so your system stays free and clear, no matter what.

Along with keeping out woodland critters, birds, snow, rain, and all kinds of leaves, twigs, and other nesting materials, chimney caps are also known for stopping downdrafts, which ensure your system stays running as efficiently as possible. And you won’t have to worry about cold, smelly winds sweeping through your living space, either!

All in all, the issues one faces when their chimney cap is missing are expensive and time-consuming to address. You’ll be forced to invest in a thorough sweeping, a lot of repair work, and the animal removal process can get messy, too. Avoid it all by getting our team on the job now. We can set you up with the perfect fit for your needs.

Invest In Waterproofing Services

Another big must for those looking to keep their chimney in the best shape possible is investing in waterproofing services. If your masonry isn’t protected, water will quickly get absorbed into your brickwork and mortar, resulting in cracking, crumbling, and all kinds of deterioration. All in all, it leaves your entire system vulnerable, and it won’t be long before various chimney components start breaking down, rusting, and corroding.

Your home will also face damages in the form of rotting woodwork, stains on your walls and ceiling, clogs in your flue, and more. And if the freeze/thaw process occurs (which it likely will multiple times), then your structure becomes a lot more vulnerable to settlements and collapses. All in all, it’s not worth skimping on this effective preventative maintenance!

Thinking of doing it yourself? Unfortunately, store-bought sealers aren’t as effective as the high-quality products our professionals use, and attempting to paint the structure won’t do you any good, either. These strategies will leave your masonry looking worse at the end of it all and, while water will be effectively blocked out, any pre-absorbed moisture will stay trapped inside, where it will continue to wreak havoc.

For the best results possible, trust in our team to get the job done right with our vapor-permeable sealants that don’t affect the look of your structure whatsoever. We’ve got the tools and training to set you up right!

Switch To An Energy-Top Damper

Throat dampers have been doing an effective job for homeowners throughout the past few decades, but nowadays many of our customers are switching to something even better – an energy-top damper! These devices are installed at the top of your chimney, rather than the throat of it, and they are secured with a rubber gasket, so there’s no more worrying about air seeping through that metal-on-metal seal.

These units also work alongside your chimney cap to keep out rain, snow, and excess debris, so you get all that extra protection you desire. And they’re designed to be discreet, so you won’t need to stress about them turning your chimney into an eyesore. Ready to get yours? Our team can get this process going. Call today.

Have Your Chimney Flashing Looked At

Flashing consists of metal pieces that cover the vulnerable area where your roof and chimney meet. Since these two parts of your home are made from different materials, they expand and contract at different rates, making it easier than ever for water to work its way in and cause damage.

With properly fitted flashing in place, you won’t need to stress about moisture working its way into your home. Ask our professionals about setting you up with everything you need to live safer. We’ve got the know-how to get the job done right.

Schedule Your Annual Inspection

While all of the solutions we’ve discussed will do wonders for your chimney’s health, one of the most important steps a homeowner can take is investing in annual inspections. This gives your sweep the opportunity to spot creosote accumulation, debris build-up, and any damages that need addressing. The sooner these things are detected, the quicker your techs can get them fixed, ensuring you face as few issues as possible down the road.

Don’t wait any longer – our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are here and ready to set you up with everything you need to keep your home, chimney, and family better protected in the months ahead. Ready to get your inspection on the books? Call now to guarantee a spot that works best for your schedule. We’re ready to speak with you soon!

We Can Handle Your Chimney Installations

Are you interested in having a new fireplace installed before fall? Then, it is important to work with a team of professionals that can tackle the job as safely and as efficiently as possible for the installation. Whether you are having a masonry system built, a prefabricated system assembled, or cap or damper installed, getting things done just right can make a big difference in how well everything runs.

Even a minor flaw in construction can put your home and family at risk, so do not do-it-yourself if you are not skilled with this kinds of projects. Incorrect installation can lead to damages, house fires, gas leaks, and more, all of these could cost you thousands to address. Investing in professional care from the beginning is always a good idea!

Exploring Your Options

A fireplace is a huge investment, so it is important to know exactly what you want before you purchase. At SirVent, we can help you explore your options. A gas-fueled unit is great for those with a busier lifestyle, but the ambiance of a crackling wood-fueled fire is often hard to beat.

Depending on what you have time for, and what level of convenience you want, we can help you find the perfect fit. Brands are another thing to explore. At SirVent, we sell Rumfords and Bellfires, both of these are smart investments. We can run through the positives of both, so you know that you are making the right choice.

Interested in a prefabricated unit? Many people are taking this route, giving them years of fireplace usage and enjoyment, without a huge commitment
permanently having a hearth in your home. Because of this, they are typically less expensive, as well. Have questions? Give us a call, and we would be happy to give you more info and help.

Need A Damper Or Chimney Cap?

We don’t just offer installation services for your fireplace and chimney. We also ensure your system is protected by having a chimney cap and energy-top damper in place. Chimney caps are known for keeping out water, excess debris, drafts, and animals. They also help protect your roof from stray sparks, as well. When it comes to keeping your chimney in good shape, this investment is a must!

Many homeowners are switching from the traditional throat dampers to energy-top dampers instead. Energy-top dampers are placed at the top of the flue and work alongside the chimney cap to keep out rain, birds, and more. They provide a tighter seal than throat dampers, so you fireplace is better protected when not in use. Ready to light a fire? No problem. These devices open easily, so you can get the perfect draft.

Let’s Get Started

Fall is still months away, so now is the perfect time to install a new system. Once temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall, you will be set and ready to enjoy your fireplace. Give us a call today, so we can get started now!

How Does An Energy-Top Damper Work?

One great part of owning a fireplace is the ability to provide an alternate heat source for your home in the colder months. Many use their fireplace to save money on heating bills throughout the winter, and this method can work wonders if the system is running efficiently. Unfortunately, all too often, homeowners wind up losing a lot of heat out of the chimney when their fireplace is not in use.

If your monthly bills aren’t looking as good as you thought they would, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit. A lot of the time, heat loss out of the chimney can be prevented by simply installing a new damper! If you have a traditional throat damper in your system, talk with our team about upgrading to an energy-top damper. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

An energy-top damper is installed at the top of the flue, rather than the bottom, and it seals tightly, working hard to keep your home free from those nasty downdrafts. Learn more about their many benefits below!

Benefits Of Energy-Top Dampers

Since energy-top dampers are installed at the top of the flue, rather than the throat, no cold air can enter your chimney at all. This ensures no wintertime drafts will have access to your home at all, and it will make lighting fires easier, too! Along with this, they are known for having a tight seal, so you won’t have to worry about the chilly weather sneaking in through the sides of the device, like they are known for doing with a metal throat damper.

Energy-top dampers are also great because they work alongside your chimney cap to keep out water, debris, and animals. This means you definitely won’t need to worry about your system get clogged, which can cause problems with airflow and affect performance. Clogs also further the chance of experiencing carbon monoxide exposure and creosote accumulation.

Worried about how your new product will look with your current set-up? Don’t! Energy-top dampers have a streamlined look that can rarely be seen from the street when not in use. You won’t need to worry about the aesthetic of your home being compromised at all! They even come in different size and style options, so you can pick a model that works well with your home’s exterior.

Call Us In Right Away!

Christmas is just around the corner, so call us in today, so you’re all set and ready to go for any festivities you have planned. In fact, we can handle all of your chimney maintenance this season and for years to come! Book your repairs, inspections, sweepings, and more with us today. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call! We’re ready and willing to do everything we can to get you the best experience possible this winter.

Is Your Chimney Damper Working Properly?

Energy savings are a hot button topic for many homeowners. Surely everyone likes to save money whenever possible! Right? Chimney dampers, for many, are just the way to help with those high heating bills. The main purpose of a damper is to seal the chimney airtight when it’s not in use. Heat rises, and if the chimney isn’t sealed when the fireplace isn’t in use, all of the heat in the house goes up the chimney. Liken this to leaving your door open in the middle of winter. You wouldn’t do that, so why settle for a throat damper (which is made of metal) that doesn’t seal properly, making it less than energy efficient. Dampers are one part of your chimney that you shouldn’t leave to function inadequately.

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This clip is courtesy of Richie Baxley at Environmental Chimney Service in Asheville NC.

The Job of an Energy-Top Damper

An energy-top damper is installed at the top of your chimney to seal the flue shut when the fireplace is not in use. They create an almost airtight seal at the top of your chimney and keep energy in your home. The energy-top chimney damper’s design is two-fold: it stops cold air from coming down the flue while at the same time prevents expensive conditioned air from going up. These dampers are usually installed in damper repair situations where the original damper is missing or beyond simple repair. The damper itself keeps critters and rain out very well when the fire is out and in the offseason. Energy-top dampers also keep out most insects (flies, bees, mosquitoes, etc.).

How an Energy Top Damper Functions

These dampers are designed to make your fireplace more energy efficient by sealing the flue at the top rather than at the bottom. Sealing at the top keeps the cold air out and your warm air in and causes an automatic updraft in the flue when opened, meaning you won’t have to warm the flue first. Top sealing dampers are operated by a control mounted in the firebox and connected to the damper itself by a cable or chain. They are often an economical alternative to replacing a rusted out or warped throat damper.

Why Buy an Energy-Top Damper?

Energy-top dampers help you save energy dollars, protect your chimney from damaging water and other elements, prevent animal infiltration, and provide year-round protection for your chimney. When closed, it serves as a chimney cap and the silicone gasket provides a more airtight seal than a metal-to-metal throat damper. These dampers are specifically designed for wood burning masonry fireplace flues and should not be used for other applications.

If you are ready to put an end to cold drafts and stop wasting money on conditioned air that just goes up and out of your chimney, give SirVent a call! We will take a look at your system and help you determine if a top-sealing damper is the solution you have been seeking. Schedule your appointment today by calling or clicking here! We look forward to empowering you to make the right choice for your home and family!