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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!

Choose Prevention Over Repair

Do you own a fireplace? Then, it’s important that you are regularly scheduling professional maintenance, such as inspections, sweepings, and more. In fact, top-notch organizations like the NFPA, the CSIA, and similar establishments all urge folks to invest in these services, and here at SirVent Chimney, we couldn’t agree more.

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Discover more about how taking preventative action now is always the better route by reading below, then turn to our team to get your inspection scheduled before the holidays officially kick-off. We would love to help you out soon!

Saving You Money

Most types of repair work take a lot of time and money to address. Whether it’s crown repair, tuckpointing, relining services, or something else, you’ll likely be shelling out hundreds of dollars, and usually, if one area is damaged another area needs work, too. For example, if water has caused your crown to deteriorate, then there’s a good chance your flashing, chimney cap, and masonry needs attention, too. This could easily send your total into the thousands!

Investing in services like waterproofing, chimney cap installation, and more will give you great protection at an affordable rate, and you’ll then be protected for years to come. It’s well worth every penny spent!

Keeping You Safer

Another reason preventative maintenance is a good investment is that it guarantees a safer environment for your loved ones. Think of it this way: if you schedule a sweeping before creosote reaches dangerous levels, you greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a chimney fire. Chimney fires cause all kinds of damage and increase your chances of carbon monoxide exposure, house fires, and more. Not to mention, a sweeping is a lot cheaper than a rebuild!

Damages, in general, make your fireplace dangerous to operate, so it’s always more beneficial to prevent them from occurring altogether. We can help with it all! Get on the phone with our team now, so we can set you up right.

Guaranteeing The Best Experience Possible

When it comes right down to it, lighting up the fireplace on a cold, wintery night offers an unbeatable aesthetic to your living space, and we want to ensure you get the best possible results from your appliance. Guarantee your family the warmth and comfort they deserve by investing in care from our team today. When temperatures drop and the cold winds of winter officially arrive, you’ll be glad to be all set and ready to go!

Trust In Our Team

Our CSIA and NFI certified team is knowledgeable, experienced, and equipped to set you up with everything you need to make this holiday season the best one yet. Set up an appointment with our expert technicians today, so you can rest easier when sitting by your hearth in the months ahead. We’re ready to take your call!

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!

What 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!

How To Spot Winter Chimney Damage

We still have some winter ahead of us, but the end is at last in sight. In just a couple of short months, we’ll be able to enjoy warmer weather and longer days. Yet, in all the fun that comes along with higher temps, don’t neglect your fireplace and chimney! Many wrap up their burning season and call it good, without considering the harmful effects that winter weather may have had on their chimney.

Learn more about potential damages you could face, then count on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service to help you out. Your fireplace will be good as new and looking better than ever in no time!

Effects Of Excess Moisture

One of the biggest issues we see after winter is water damage throughout your masonry. Excess moisture in your system will lead to countless issues and, when you don’t resolve them in a timely manner, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. Some things you’ll notice are rust, mold accumulation, clogging, and decay – and that’s just some of many!

When things build up in your chimney and your flue gets clogged up, your system won’t function as efficiently, and it makes lighting fires more dangerous, too. Count on us to get things done right the first time. We can handle all of your repairs, restorations, and more!

Beware The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another big thing to be aware of in the winter is the freeze/thaw cycle. The freeze/thaw cycle is what happens when the absorbed water in your brickwork freezes and expands. This puts a lot of extra pressure on your masonry and it opens things up so that more water can enter. It’s not uncommon for this cycle to occur multiple times a winter, all in all putting tons of extra stress your entire structure. Eventually, your chimney could settle or collapse, putting your home in danger and costing you thousands in repair work.

Avoiding Damages Down The Line

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to invest in preventative measures. Once your chimney is repaired and in tip-top shape again, ask us about our waterproofing services! Waterproofing is a surefire way to stop water from entering your brickwork. Along with this, our products are vapor permeable, so you won’t have to worry about toxins and moisture getting trapped. At SirVent Chimney, we only use the best of the best!

We also encourage you to invest in products that keep water out. This includes a chimney cap and flashing, both of which stop rain and snow dead in their tracks! We also suggest having your chimney crown looked at and, if necessary, repaired. All of these parts play a huge role in preventing water damage, and each needs to be in optimal condition to do its job effectively!

Call us in for an inspection, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with everything you need for the rest of the winter. Once we’re done, you’ll be good to for years to come!

Prevent Chimney Leaks

Springtime is finally here, but with the warmer temperatures often comes a lot of rain. Extra moisture throughout your chimney will eventually lead to costly and time-consuming damages. The best option is to take preventative measures beforehand to ensure that any leaks or excess water is stopped before it can soak into the brick and cause issues.

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A chimney leaks when it is not adequately protected. Although brick seems strong, outside elements can easily penetrate it, causing deterioration and cracking. Bad weather can quickly put wear and tear on your chimney and the brickwork will soak up moisture when it rains. Excess moisture breaks down the mortar and causes the chimney to settle when the freeze/thaw process occurs. All of these things contribute to leaks and the more leaks that occur, the higher the chances are of your chimney breaking down and collapsing.

How Can I Prevent Leaks?

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure that leaks do not become an issue. Follow these guidelines to ensure the structural soundness of your chimney.

  • Maintain Chimney Crown: A chimney cap or crown will help to keep water and animals out. Ensuring that it is kept up and made out of something durable will help a lot in keeping excess moisture out. If you are missing a chimney cap or if yours is damaged beyond repair, be sure to call in an expert to set you up with something sturdy. A professional chimney sweep will know what type you should get, based upon your chimney style, and can ensure that everything is installed properly.
  • Waterproof: By waterproofing your chimney before leaks and cracking can occur, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. There are various techniques and products that can be used to ensure that this job is done right. Knowing the correct process for applying these products can be tricky, so call an expert to be certain everything is addressed correctly. There is little sense in spending the money on these products, only to discover that water can still get through.
  • Address The Flashing: The flashing on your chimney can be a huge source of issues. The flashing is where your roof meets your chimney and water can easily enter at this point, should things not be properly sealed. Adding flashing can be a tricky and dangerous job, even for the more experienced do-it-yourselfer. A certified expert will know the best way to approach this situation and can fit the flashing to meet your specific chimney needs.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have everything you need to ensure that your chimney is waterproofed and ready to face any type of weather. Give us a call today so that we can prepare your brickwork before it is too late.