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Keeping Your Chimney Odors In Check

As temperatures continue to rise with the soon arrival of Spring, homeowners with a fireplace may start to notice some less than pleasant aromas coming from their appliance. You see, when you run your air conditioning on those warmer days, this can cause air from the chimney to sweep through your household, and these breezes are unfortunately known to stink things up a bit.

So, what causes these bad smells in the first place, and how can they be avoided? Learn more below, then feel free to contact the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service for help in resolving the issue. We’d be happy to help you find the best solutions for your unique needs!

Why Am I Experiencing Bad Odors In The First Place?

One of the biggest causes for bad fireplace smells is creosote. Creosote is a natural byproduct of burning wood in your fireplace, and it’s bad odor can easily enter your home if it isn’t regularly removed. The accumulation of creosote can be slowed down by burning your fires hot, using only seasoned wood as fuel, and by ensuring you have good airflow, but unfortunately, its presence can never be entirely prevented.

Another reason you may be experiencing bad odors is excess moisture in your system. Water throughout your masonry causes rotting, decay, and deterioration, and if it combines with materials that are lodged inside your flue, it’s bound to create an unpleasant musty smell. The sooner you address any water-related issues, the better!

Think animals may have found their way into your system? This is another cause of concern. It’s not uncommon for squirrels or racoons to get stuck inside your chimney and pass away, and this unfortunate event can obviously produce some pretty foul smells. In other cases, birds and other critters may defecate in your flue, which again sends bad odors floating through your home.

And what could cause any of these smells to be enhanced? Downdrafts. If the air pressure is off throughout your home or chimney, you can bet you’ll get some foul-smelling winds flowing through your living space.

Fortunately, we have resolutions for any issue you may be experiencing, and you can bet that we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces, so we know exactly how to handle it all. There’s no better time to reach out, so get on the phone with our staff today, and we can discuss your options!

How Can I Eliminate Unpleasant Chimney Smells?

So, we’ve gone over what causes your chimney smells, but how are these issues then best addressed? Well, first things first, a thorough sweeping will make a big difference. Like we said, creosote is one of the main reasons for bad smells from the fireplace, and the sooner we clear it out the better! Not to mention, this highly flammable substance is known to break down your brickwork and mortar, and if it ignites, you’ll have to deal with the aftermath of a chimney fire, which can be costly, dangerous, and time-consuming.

Scheduling this service also gives us the opportunity to clear out any debris, nesting materials, or dead animals that may be producing some foul odors.

All in all, a sweeping is never a bad idea, and we urge our customers to invest in them on a regular basis to ensure their system stays in good health. The safety of our service area is always a big priority, and we value ultimate satisfaction above it all. Get your sweeping scheduled, so you can experience a stress-free spring and summer ahead!

And if we spot moisture-related issues, we have the tools and training to address those, too. We’ll make certain your chimney cap, flashing, and chimney crown are all in good condition and able to do their job effectively and, should problems be uncovered, we can set you up right with new devices or repair services, so you rest easier as we move into our rainy season.

We can also discuss the possible need for masonry repair services, and you’ll definitely want to get your masonry professionally waterproofed. Our team uses effective products that seal your brickwork, without leaving an unsightly/glossy coating, and they are vapor-permeable, as well, so anything preabsorbed will easily be able to escape over time. This is one investment you won’t regret making.

Finally, we can work together to resolve any issues with downdrafts. A strong and sturdy chimney cap, or even a top-sealing damper, can help prevent harsh winds from swooping through your home, or we can do some inspecting to see if the dimensions of your chimney need to be adjusted. In some cases, opening a window makes all the difference, as this invites some make-up air into the home. Regardless, we would love the opportunity to help you find a solution!

Our Experienced Crew Is Here For You

The team here at SirVent has many years of experience under our belts, and we work with highly-esteemed organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, and the NCSG to ensure we stay knowledgeable and up-to-date on it all. Ready to learn more about everything we can offer you? Great. Pick up the phone and give us a call now, or reach out to us on our website. We’d love the opportunity to serve you!

Tuckpointing & Repointing

Regular maintenance is necessary for maintaining a strong chimney for years on end. But knowing which steps are necessary and when to schedule them can be a challenge! Tuckpointing and repointing are two things that most fireplace owners are no stranger to. 

Staying educated on these terms and keeping an eye out for any potential damage is important! Knowing your brickwork may save you a lot of money down the line. The sooner these things are addressed, the better off you’ll be! Learn more about tuckpointing and repointing by reading below. Then, check out SirVent Chimney & Venting Service today to see what we can do for you! 

What Is Repointing? 

If you notice your mortar is wearing away, then repointing is the service for you! Addressing this issue right away is important, as crumbling mortar will make your entire chimney structure weaker over time. Cracks, flaking, holes, crumbling, and similar issues are all signs that some professional repointing should be done as soon as possible. 

Repointing is a process that involves removing part of the old mortar, then replacing it with new, more supportive mortar. Not only will this improve the overall appearance of the brickwork, but it will ensure that your chimney continues to stand strong for years on end. 

What Is Tuckpointing? 

Tuckpointing is really similar to repointing and the terms are often used interchangeably. This technique was introduced in the 1700’s in England. It was invented in hopes of making old styles of brickwork look more modern. However, without all the work involved with replacing the entire structure. While the processes of tuckpointing and repointing may seem the same, tuckpointing is based more off of an aesthetic preference, while repointing is done to improve structural issues. 

Both practices are great for brickwork, both structurally and visually. No matter the term you use or the reason for hiring this service, having either of these done will improve the appearance of your home. In addition, making it a sturdier place to live. 

How Can We Help? 

There is no doubt that calling in a professional to fix up your mortar is the best route to take. The whole process can be intricate, messy, and complicated. Also, matching the new mortar to the old is trickier than it sounds! You also want to ensure that the right type of mortar is used and that strong enough products are being applied. 

Knowing all of the necessary information about your original mortar is vital. This includes age, material, color, and more. Any minor mishap can leave things really unstable and call for more repairs in the near future. Not to mention, your brickwork may end up looking worse than it did in the first place! 

When it comes to the strength and visual appeal of your home, don’t leave anything to chance – call in the experts at SirVent Chimney today!

Typical Masonry Discoloration

Brickwork can offer a beautiful aesthetic to any home. The timeless look gained by well-maintained masonry is desired by many potential home buyers and it is sure to get the attention of friends, family, and neighbors.

Yet, regular maintenance is a necessity when it comes to ensuring that your masonry work stands the test of time. Excess water, cracking, mortar deterioration, and countless other forms of potential damage could occur if proper preventative measures are not set in place. All of these things not only make your exterior look unpolished, but can weaken the entire structure of your home, as well.

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When it comes to masonry work, protecting it from water as much as possible is important. The more moisture that is absorbed by the brick, the weaker the foundation will become as a whole. The mortar becomes fragile, stains form, and discoloration is a common side effect. Also, once cold weather hits, the brick will go through a freeze-thaw process that will cause excess pressure, which may eventually lead to a settlement or collapse.

All of these reasons are why protecting your brickwork is so important. Getting it waterproofed before discoloration can occur will save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run. SirVent has waterproofing options that are sure to meet your specific needs. We take pride in our professionalism and superior customer service, so check us out today to stay ahead on your chimney maintenance .

Repairing Masonry

If you are already seeing some damage to your masonry, then getting it repaired as soon as possible is necessary for keeping it strong over time. While you may discover some do-it-yourself techniques for fixing things up, this is not a recommended route to take. Masonry can be delicate to work with and using the wrong products can leave you with a bigger mess than you began with. Matching colors can be tricky and some chemicals will take off the actual masonry itself.

At SirVent Chimney, we know brickwork, so turn to us for any needed repairs or touch-ups. Our products are safe to use and we know exactly how to approach these fixes so that you are left with masonry that looks good as new.

We also offer services as far as inspections, cleaning, and have the tools necessary to address any cracks or leaks. Regular inspections are vital in maintaining chimney health and ensuring the longevity of your brickwork, as a whole.

Check out our website today to see all that we can offer you. The professionals at SirVent are all trained and certified by the CSIA, so you can rest easy knowing that you are in the best hands possible. Do not wait until it is too late and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to working with you!

Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather

With cold weather upon us, it is important to ensure that your chimney is safe for use throughout the winter months. There are many steps you can take to prepare, all of which will keep your chimney in good shape and ready to use. Nothing is more important than the safety of your home and family, and following these tips will give you peace of mind, while allowing you to enjoy your fireplace to its fullest potential.Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte


  • Get Inspected: Getting a professional in to clean and inspect your chimney is vital in maintaining the health of your fireplace. Experts know exactly what and where to clean, while using the appropriate tools. They can also look for any needed repairs and will clear out excess debris or animal nests that may be forming blockages that are causing improper air flow. Most importantly, they will remove creosote build-up. Creosote forms as your chimney is put to use and it is highly flammable. Getting it out significantly reduces your risk of having a house fire.


  • Address Needed Repairs: Once you know what needs to be fixed, make sure all of those things are taken care of before starting a fire. Cracks and other openings will cause your chimney to run much less efficiently and could cause even more damage in the long run if left alone. This will lead to a lot of wasted time and expense in future. Hire a professional to check out your damages to ensure all issues are properly addressed.


  • Clean Out Ashes: Make sure you are periodically cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace. Be certain that they are cooled down completely before removing. Then, take the proper steps to dispose of them, ensuring that they are not thrown any place where they could reignite. Many throw them in their garden, which can be very enriching for the soil.


  • Check The Chimney Cap: Your chimney cap keeps animals and other outside elements from entering and damaging your chimney. Make sure that it is in good condition and consider having it replaced if it is damaged. If you do not have a chimney cap, purchasing one would be a positive and necessary investment and will help to ensure that your chimney lasts a long time.


  • Check Smoke Detectors: Make certain that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order. During the night, many sleep through the first warning signs of a fire, making smoke detectors the only thing alerting you that there is an issue. Check yours today to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to escape, should a fire occur in your home.


SirVent Chimney and Venting Service has everything you need to get your fireplace ready for cold weather. Our experts are trained to offer advice and services based upon your needs. Give us a call today!