The holidays are over and 2020 is here! A new year holds so many opportunities to start fresh and new. Whether you’re a believer in making resolutions or you just set goals when needed and stay on task to make those goals happen, it’s important to know what you’re trying to accomplish and how to make those goals come to fruition. If you have plans for your home, now is the time to start thinking about making those plans happen, who to hire, and what exactly needs to be done, and that includes taking care of your chimney and fireplace. For all things chimney and fireplace, there’s only one company to think about calling, and that’s SirVent Chimney and Venting Service. When you think about a chimney company, you might just be thinking about inspections and cleanings, but it’s important that you know that we do that and much more. Whatever you need done, whether it’s repairs or renovations, we can take care of it!
Inspection and Sweeping
Of course, the best thing you can do for your chimney and fireplace in 2020 is to make sure the regular maintenance is taken care of. Give us a call and we will do a thorough inspection, whether you have been taking care of this on a regular basis and need a Level One inspection or if you’ve neglected this in the past and need a Level Two inspection, where we use our video equipment to scope out the interior of your chimney and make sure that there isn’t interior damage that has occurred over the years and needs to be repaired. If we do need to do a Level Two inspection and find damage, we may make it a Level Three inspection by taking apart parts of the fixture to get to any areas of damage.
We’ll also make sure that every area of your chimney and fireplace is swept and in excellent working condition. One of the most damaging elements to your chimney is creosote. Creosote is the byproduct of burning a fire in your fireplace, whether you burn with wood or with gas. There is moisture in wood that is released during the combustion process, as well as a wide variety of chemicals, and as this mixture rises up the chimney, it condenses onto the cooler area of the interior of the chimney near the top. As this condensation builds, it forms a layer of gunk called creosote. This is a highly flammable material, and if it catches a floating spark or ember, it will easily catch on fire and cause a blazing chimney fire. But most chimney fires aren’t blazing, roaring catastrophes because there isn’t enough oxygen to keep them blazing. Indeed, this is worse because if there is a small fire that dies before it’s noticed, it could cause damage to your chimney that goes undetected. If the damage isn’t repaired, it might cause more extensive damage. When burning with gas, chemicals are released that are corrosive and can form a slurry that can eat away at the interior of the chimney or the chimney liner itself.
We can also take care of any repairs that you may need. It may be that your brick and mortar have taken a beating and that spalling is occurring. This means that there are flakes and flecks of mortar or outer layer of brick that have fallen and are laying on the ground near your chimney. If spalling has occurred, it’s a good sign that there is a weakening of your chimney structure, and we’ll recommend tuckpointing. During this process, we’ll take out the decaying mortar and replace it with new, strong mortar that matches what is already there, so that your chimney will look as great as the condition it is in.
We’ll also take a look at your chimney liner. The chimney liner plays several important roles in the running of your fireplace. First, it protects the flammable items that are near your fireplace from the intense heat that could cause them to ignite. Second, it protects the brick and mortar of your chimney from the high heat of the burning fire. And third, a properly fitted chimney liner will cause a more efficient burn to take place. If there are cracks or dents in your chimney liner, these three processes aren’t taking place and your chimney isn’t working as efficiently as it could be.
We’ll be taking a good look at the exterior parts of your chimney as well, like the chimney cap and crown and the flashing located at the base of your chimney. If any of these are loose or in a state of disrepair, there’s a greater chance that there are leaks occurring each time precipitation falls. We’ll make sure to seal up any cracks and replace loose, torn flashing, and if your chimney cap is rusted or twisted, we’ll suggest just the right replacement for your chimney.
Give Us a Call to Get 2020 Started off Right
SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is a total care company, and we also care about the people in our community. We aren’t happy unless you and your family are safe and happy, so if you’re looking for any type of chimney care or repair, give us a call today and set up an appointment to talk to our friendly, trained employees. We’ll make sure you start 2020 off right!