In a time where many are making resolutions for the new year, it’s only fair that your chimney gets a checklist of things to improve, too. If your chimney has been experiencing issues or if it hasn’t been maintained or inspected in a while, then now is a good time to get some appointments scheduled with our team of NFI-certified sweeps.
But what kind of maintenance is good for getting fireplaces and chimneys back to peak performance? Here’s some insight into common issues you may be experiencing (along with what we can do to help you out).
Repairs Services for a Leaky Chimney
We’re no stranger to snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures here in Buncombe County. Because of this it’s vital to ensure your chimney is protected. The more moisture exposure you’re experiencing, the more your system will break down and crumble, inviting water leaks, gas leaks, smoke, and flames into your home.
The freeze/thaw process is another issue that occurs when chimneys aren’t protected. When this occurs, any absorbed water will freeze and expand when temps drop low, putting your brickwork and mortar through a lot of stress. This process also opens up pathways for more water to enter when the ice eventually thaws.
So, how can we help with this? If your brickwork and mortar are experiencing extensive damage, we have a variety of services to offer, such as masonry repair and tuckpointing. Or if replacement parts are in order (think flashing, chimney caps, chase covers, dampers, or crowns), we can install or repair those, too. Regardless of the issue, we have the tools and experience to help.
Sweepings for Creosote Build-Up
If you own a wood-burning fireplace, then creosote build-up is an issue you’ll have to tackle from time to time. Creosote forms as fires are burned in your fireplace, and it can be sticky, tar-like, or hard and glossy. Yet, no matter its color or texture, one thing is certain – it’s very flammable, and if you have too much, your risk of experiencing a chimney fire will increase.
Many have adopted practices that reduce accumulation, such as burning hotter fires, using only seasoned wood, and encouraging good airflow. Unfortunately, even the most careful homeowners will still need a sweeping every now and then. The best way to know if you’re due is to schedule an inspection. Call today to get yours on the books!
Stain Removal for Your Fireplace
After using your fireplace a lot over the holidays, you may be noticing soot and smoke stains more than ever. Cleaning it up may seem like a task that requires a lot of time, sweat, and hard work, but it’s actually easier than ever when you work with our team. We use Paint “N” Peel, which is safe, seamless, and super effective.
Essentially, we’ll cover your fireplace front with our top-notch products, let it dry for around 24-48 hours, then remove it. As we pull it off, you’ll see your stains leaving right along with it – so simple!
An Inspection for Everything Else
Are you just not getting the efficiency you should be from your system, but aren’t sure why? This is why annual inspections are important. No matter who you talk to in the chimney industry, one thing all the most reputable sweeps and organizations recommend is annual inspections. Investing in these ensure your system stays running safer and more efficiently, so that you get the best experience possible.
And remember – just because no problems were present in the last couple of inspections doesn’t mean you’re good to go and can skip a year. Even something seemingly innocent, like a small patch of rough weather, could trigger damage that needs addressing before it gets worse.
In the end, when it comes to chimneys, staying on top of any issues is vital. You’re always better off paying less for routine maintenance and regular upkeep now than shelling out thousands down the line for repairs or a rebuild. Smaller repairs are a lot less time-consuming and stressful, too – definitely the better route!
Your Dryer Vents Need Care, Too!
If you’re looking to check off all your boxes in the new year, be sure your dryer vents are receiving adequate attention, too! When it comes to fire safety, we like to cover all of our bases, so dryer vent cleaning services are something we’re proud to offer our customer base.
The lint your dryer produces is highly flammable, and when it builds up in your dryer vents it could increase your likelihood of experiencing a fire. Not to mention, it lessens efficiency, increases drying time, and puts more wear and tear on your appliance as a whole – not good. Let us help. Call today to schedule your cleaning.
Contact Our Experienced Crew Now
We’ve got the tools, know-how, and dedication to get your fireplace and chimney where it needs to be. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal, and we’ve gotten numerous positive customer reviews that highlight just how committed we are to providing the best care possible.
Reach out to Wright’s today to receive the care you’re entitled to. We can be reached at 828-687-9002, and we’d love to speak with you soon!