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Winter may start out with beauty but by May you may be ready for a spring breeze to replace the winter chill. The green buds blooming on trees is a welcome sight this time of year and the last thing you want to think about is the fireplace. But while redecorating for spring this year, consider updating your hearth! From a new surround to new mantels and glass doors, consider talking with the Chimney Doctors of Colorado this year.
One way to really dress up your fireplace is to start with the fireplace surround. Over time and use, your fireplace surround can become dingy and drab looking, and there are different ways you can dress it up to make it a bright focal point of your room. Did you know you can paint over the surround]? Before you begin, however, examine your fireplace. If it’s made from some kind of stone, painting it is not a good idea, because the paint won’t stick to this surface. A brick fireplace, on the other hand, is a perfect candidate for painting. Pick white for a striking contrast to colored walls, pick black for lighter walls, or go with any color that contrasts with your walls and adds color and pizzazz.
An easy way to make your fireplace take on a new look is by adding glass doors. Glass doors are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also play an important role in keeping your fireplace efficient. When you burn a fire in your fireplace, warm air from the room is drawn up the chimney. Some of this is okay because it helps with combustion, but when your fireplace isn’t in use, the heat loss can be costly. One added protection from losing warm air up the chimney is by closing your fireplace doors. You can choose from a wide variety of styles to add ambiance to your room.
A great way to add a fresh new look to your fireplace is to change up the look of your mantel. Whether you decide to paint your old mantel or find a new one, this will add a great focal point to your room. Another way to change the look of the mantel is to add new items on top. Family pictures can add a nostalgic appeal, especially when accompanied by a charming vase and fresh flowers. Just use your imagination to add your own flair to the room.
However you decide to change up your fireplace, if you have any questions or are just looking for solid advice, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call today!
Everyone knows what Chimney Doctors of Colorado does, right? It’s pretty clear from the name that we are experts in all things chimneys, whether that’s inspecting, cleaning, or any type of chimney repair jobs. We also offer a wide range of heating appliances and accessories, and our employees are highly qualified to offer advice on taking care of your chimney or what type of heating appliance will work best for your home and your heating needs. But did you know that we offer another service as well? That’s right, we also offer dryer vent cleaning. Although this service isn’t as familiar as chimney inspection and cleaning, it is equally important to have done on an annual basis, and here are three reasons why!
First, by having your dryer vents cleaned, you’ll be lowering your energy bills! When you wash your clothes, some small pieces of fiber come off the clothes. Your dryer is just basically a spinning drum with tumblers inside. Those tumblers carry the clothes from the bottom to the top, at which point they fall back to the bottom. Warm air is pushed through the drum and the clothes fall through the warm air, which dries them. The air goes out through the lint screen and through the dryer vent, into the outside air. But the fibers that got washed off blow through the lint screen as well and get caught there, forming a blanket of lint. Some get through, however, and that’s what can line the inside of the dryer vent, making the hole that the air goes through getting smaller and smaller. That causes stress for the motor of the dryer because it makes the motor push harder to get the air out. When you clear out the lint, it makes the motor work less hard, and that means that your electric bills will go down!
Reason Number Two
Another reason to have your dryer vents cleaned is that you don’t want a vent fire. That lint blanket that is forming on the inside of the dryer vent is highly flammable, and if even a small spark from your dryer gets through and lands in that buildup, you could have a devastating fire that could quickly spread to the rest of your home.
Reason Number Three
Cleaning out the dryer vents speeds up your drying time. Have you noticed that it’s taking longer to dry a load or that you have to run the dryer twice to get a load of clothes dry? This might be because your dryer vent is getting full. This can add up on your electric bill as well.
Three good reasons to have your dryer vents cleaned. Three good reasons to give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call today! We’re not only experts at chimney work, but we’re also experts at cleaning out your dryer vents, too. We pride ourselves on keeping your home clean while we clean out your vents. That’s service you can count on!
There’s no place like Colorado to enjoy these beautiful, warm spring days. After a cold, snowy winter, it feels so good to take a long walk in the warm sunshine, or to go on a hike and hear the birds singing a happy tune, just as happy as you are to be out in the beautiful weather. But the sun doesn’t always shine every spring day; there are also days of rain and wind. The combination of wind and rain and hot sunshine can have some pretty devastating effects on your chimney. And if it’s not the wind and rain causing damage, there’re always critters there to cause breakdowns to occur.
When you’re a kid in elementary school, you learn about the effects of weathering on the environment, and those same effects can occur to your chimney. Just the steady beating down of rain against the mortar can cause it to wear away, and the driving wind can have the same effect. But even more damaging is the freeze-thaw cycle, especially in the early spring days, when the temperature can go from warmer during the day to below freezing at night. During the rainy spring weather, the moisture will permeate into the porous brick and mortar, and when the temperatures dip below freezing at night, that moisture will freeze and expand, causing bigger pores. These can fill with moisture again, and as the freeze thaw cycle continues, those cracks get bigger yet. Over time, this can cause structural damage to occur, and with enough time, it can cause a tilted or collapsed chimney structure.
Another force that can cause damage to your chimney in the springtime is the creatures that are looking to start their families. Spring is the time for babies in nature, and birds, squirrels, even raccoons are looking for safe, warm, dark, and dry places to raise those babies. They also want a spot where predators that are looking to get rid of those babies can’t find them. The perfect spot for them is right in your chimney. This is especially true if your chimney cap isn’t in the best shape. A chimney cap fits on top of your chimney and is designed to keep the rain out of your chimney. It has a sloped roof, and the sides are made of grated steel to let smoke out of the house while keeping animals from getting in. If there’s been rust or other damage to the chimney cap, it could give animals or birds easier access into your chimney. Once in, they can build a nest and raise a family of little ones that can make lots of noise and cause your quiet evenings to be not so quiet. Another problem with this is that the nest, when dried out after the family leaves, can cause blockages or kindling for a chimney fire.
If you are worried about some of the problems that springtime can cause for your chimney system, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call. We’ll conduct a chimney inspection and cleaning and leave you worry free to enjoy the spring and summer fun!
There’s something about the four seasons that is wonderful. But a Colorado winter can be long and cold, and when that warm spring breeze starts to blow, it is a relief. Fix up your hearth and mantel to bring the feeling of spring inside.
Once you get your fireplace all cleaned out after a long winter, it’s time to turn it into a springtime showpiece. You can do this by bringing some of those early spring flowers or plant-life into the home. First, your mantel and the area above it. Look for something to hang above the mantel; a picture that highlights the colors of springtime in Colorado would be a nice touch, or, if you prefer, a picture that reflects some of the beauty of nature that only Colorado holds. If you’re not into paintings, a mirror can add another level of depth to the room. Finding a mirror with a frame that matches your room’s decor will make a beautiful addition to the room. After you’ve found the perfect piece for the wall, look to the mantel.
Spring Decoration Ideas
You can add color to the room by filling a vase with some of the flowers of springtime in Colorado and setting it on the mantel. Some great choices for a tall vase would be tulips or daffodils. Snapdragons or pansies can fill a lower vase and add a cheery touch to any room. If you don’t feel like changing out fresh flowers, go to your local hobby store and buy some silk flowers instead. If you’re not a flower person, candles can make a beautiful decorative statement, especially when lit in front of a mirror. Pictures of family members are a conversation piece as well.
As a final touch, since you won’t be using your hearth for a while, find something to put in front to fill that empty space. You can carry the plant theme by finding a large basket and filling it with more silk flowers! Tulips are a great option, but really, anything that makes you feel happy is a great option. Or if you’d rather, add a fireplace candle holder and some chunky candles. As well as being decorative, this can keep odors down during the summer months.
Before you let your imagination soar and get that fireplace decorated for spring, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call and have your chimney inspected and cleaned so that it’s ready for summer! We’ll have you fixed up and ready in no time!
Now that it’s March, another cold, snowy Colorado winter is almost over. Spring is in sight and we’re looking forward to spending some time outdoors. Whether you are into mountain climbing, hiking or walking, you’re ready for the feeling of warm sunshine. Another thing to look forward to is inviting your friends over and doing some entertaining. How much fun it is to plan a day out doing outdoor activities and then keep the fun going with some good food, drinks, and conversation around a crackling fire. Entertaining is so much easier when you can sit outside, and you can invite more people over because there’s more room to put them! If you really want to add to the fun, now’s the time to think about installing a beautiful outdoor fireplace.
Whether you have some sort of firepit already but want to upgrade or you’ve just been thinking about it for a while, springtime is a perfect time to think about installing one and Chimney Doctors of Colorado is the perfect company to call to do the installing. We have the experience, the equipment, and the wide variety of merchandise needed to get you just the outdoor fireplace that will make your backyard a welcoming place to entertain. But you might be wondering what some of the benefits of an outdoor fireplace might be.
First, just being able to get your guests outdoors is a definite benefit. Everyone is ready to just be out in the fresh air, and this is a great way to do it. Today’s fireplaces are designed to be useful and aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to worry about just having a ring of rocks or bricks in the middle of your yard. No matter what look you’re wanting, whether it’s more rustic or a more sleek, modern design, we can set you up. Add some chairs and decorative side tables, and you’ve got the makings of a great party!
We can Handle Gas Line Installation
Another thing you might be worried about is adding a gas line. This is another reason that hiring Chimney Doctors of Colorado is a great idea. We can handle installing a gas line, whether it’s natural gas or propane. Our qualified professionals know all the regulations and will make sure that everything is done properly so that you need never worry about the safety of your family and friends.
Whether you have a big space or a small backyard, we can find the perfect backyard fireplace for you. Colorado has so much natural beauty that it’s a shame to waste a minute indoors. Making the decision to have a new fireplace installed is the hardest part! Just give us a call today and we’ll have you outdoors, entertaining all your friends before you know it!
There are so many things that people want to do at the beginning of the year. There’s something so satisfying about making a list and crossing off the items. Whether it’s exercising, relaxing, or scheduling more family time, February is the time to make habits reality. Some tasks are done once, and done for the year. This may include attic cleaning, garage cleaning or deep cleaning the house. Another task to be done with it is having your chimney inspected and cleaned. It’s a good idea to give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call soon to schedule your annual inspection and sweeping. Don’t forget about this important part of your chimney and fireplace system’s upkeep!
Some of those items on your to-do list can probably be skipped. If they don’t get done this year, they’ll wait until the next. But when it comes to a chimney inspection, this isn’t the case. It’s very important that you have it done once a year or more you use your fireplace very regularly. We will be looking for signs of damage that may have occurred since the last inspection. If your flue liner is cracked or damaged it could be letting dangerous gases from combustion back into your home instead of out of the chimney. Damage to the liner removes a layer between the fire and any combustible items near the fireplace in your home. If these items get too hot they can catch fire, even without a spark. If we see damage, we’ll recommend a relining.
Another thing that we’ll be looking for is leakage. Water leaks can cause considerable damage to the structure of your chimney as well as to some of the metal components, such as the damper system. Precipitation can wear away at the mortar of your chimney, causing the bricks to loosen and cracks to appear. There are numerous ways that water damage can happen.
One reason that you may be experiencing water leaking through your roof might be because of loose or rusty flashing. The flashing is the strips of metal that are located at the base of your chimney where it meets the roof. This is the perfect spot for rain to get into your home, and those strips are layered in such a way as to redirect that rain away from this spot. The problem with metal strips, however, is that they may rust or even tear or break loose in high winds. We’ll check to be sure that your flashing is in good condition and secured so that rain stays out.
Have Your Inspection Completed Soon
These are just a few of the things that we’ll be looking for when we come in and get your chimney inspected. We have a great reputation for being thorough and providing excellent service, and we want to make sure that every customer is completely satisfied with the service we provide. Your family’s safety is the most important thing to you, so give us a call today and we’ll give you the best inspection and cleaning you can find!
If there’s one thing that you don’t want to fall into a state of disrepair, it’s your chimney. You may think that this isn’t likely, because chimneys are extremely sturdy and durable structures. However, all things are susceptible to the weathering process of wind, rain, and other precipitation. The mortar is especially vulnerable to the freeze-thaw cycle, bricks can especially fall victim to the effects of this process.
In Colorado, the winter brings some really harsh and cold weather. When precipitation falls, it gets into the pores of the bricks and mortar of your chimney. The precipitation freezes and expands, making the pores bigger. As this process continues, the pores get bigger and bigger, and that can eventually cause structural damage. Structural damage from the freeze-thaw cycle is just one types of chimney repair that the Chimney Doctors of Colorado take care of.
Not only can the freeze-thaw cycle cause damage to your mortar, leaks running down your chimney can also cause more damage. When water continually trickles down the interior of the chimney, it can cause a weathering effect. This wears down the mortar and weakens the structure. It also cause cracks in the mortar, and that allows smoke to come back into your home rather than out the chimney. When our team comes into your home, we’ll look for problems that can cause leaks such as loose flashing or damaged chimney cap or crown.
Undetected Chimney Fire
When you call the Chimney Doctors of Colorado to come inspect your chimney and fireplace, we’ll look for water damage and other damage since your last inspection. We’ll look for other damages as well such as damage that come from an undetected chimney fire.
When most people think of a chimney fire, the thoughts of roaring, destructive flames come to mind. More often, a chimney doesn’t offer enough draft for this to happen, and a chimney fire often burns out before it gets to this point. In fact, most chimney fires burn out before a homeowner even knows that it has occurred. This is especially dangerous because it may have caused damage to the structure that need repairs. When these repairs are not addressed, further damages occur to your chimney structure and home.
Call Chimney Doctors of Colorado
If you suspect that your chimney has been damaged and need masonry repair work, call Chimney Doctors of Colorado today. Our credentials with the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fireplace Institute, and the National Chimney Sweep Guild, say it all! We are dedicated to excellent service, and we want to serve you with the best knowledge and products. When it comes to chimney and masonry repair services, call us now!
Now that the new year is here, you can finally start thinking about the changes that you’d like to make and the goals you’d like to reach. Maybe you’ve been putting off redecorating a certain room in your home. Or maybe you’ve been wanting to buy a new vehicle. Starting a new workout regime is probably at the top of a lot of people’s resolution list. If you are looking to make a change in 2019, one thing you might want to look into is changing from a wood burning fireplace to a gas burning fireplace. Or maybe you already have a gas fireplace, but you know it’s time to install a new gas line. Whatever the case may be, the decision of which company to call to install that new gas line is an easy one. Chimney Doctors of Colorado is the company to call when it comes to top of the line service and the best products on the market.
There are a couple of reasons why it’s a great idea to convert to a gas fireplace, but the number one reason has to be convenience. Burning with wood requires some work; you need to find a source for wood, go out and cut it up, then haul it home, stack it correctly, and leave it set for at least six months so that it’s dried out enough to burn cleanly and efficiently. This is all before winter even hits! Once cold weather hits and you’re ready to build a fire, there’s hauling wood into the house, laying the fire, starting it, then adding wood as it burns down to keep a good flame going. If this seems like a lot to go through to enjoy a good fire, then gas is the way to go. After the gas line has been installed and connected, all you need to do to enjoy a burning fire is to flip a switch. Time to go to bed? Just flip the switch again and the fire is gone. Nothing could be easier or more convenient.
Another reason to convert to gas is because it’s easy on the environment. Gas is a clean fuel that uses less energy to keep you warm.
Who to Call
If it’s time to make the change from wood to gas, the company to pick to install your gas line is Chimney Doctors of Colorado. We have the expertise and the experience to do the job safely and efficiently. After we install the gas line, we do a pressure-test through the gas line to make sure that it has been installed correctly and that everything is safe. Give us a call at 303-838-3009 and make an appointment. We can start out with showing your our products and helping you pick the perfect product for your home, then go all the way to the end by installing your gas line. We look forward to working with you soon!
Precipitation. In the spring, it’s a sweet sound, washing away the dirt and grime of a long winter. In the summer, it’s a much needed element to make the crops, gardens, and lawns stay green and fresh. In the fall, when the harvest is out, it replenishes the moisture level of the soil and helps get things ready for the next growing season. And in the winter, precipitation continues to add moisture to the soil, and if it’s snow, can coat the ground in a blanket of beauty. With all of the good that precipitation does, is there a downside? Well, if you own a home with a chimney, there definitely is a downside to all this precipitation. There are several ways that water can cause major damage to a chimney. Fortunately, there are also ways to make sure that this damage has as little effect as possible, and when you hire Chimney Doctors of Colorado, you know that we’ll do everything possible to make sure that your chimney and fireplace are taken care of.
Although your brick and mortar chimney seems like an indestructible structure, this simple thing, precipitation, can wreak havoc on that structure. First, in a cold Colorado winter, you can count on the freeze-thaw cycle being a problem. Mortar is a porous substance, and when precipitation falls, it gets into those pores. When the cold winter weather hits, this moisture freezes and expands, causing the pores to get bigger. As this cycle continues, the enlarged pores can cause the very structure of your chimney to weaken. This is why we will closely inspect your chimney to make sure that no structural damage is present.
Structural damage is bad, but there are other things to look for when you suspect that water damage is occurring. If you are noticing water stains on the ceiling next to your fireplace, or if the wallpaper or floor boards are soft or weakened, it’s likely that there is a leak somewhere in your chimney. It may be that your dampers or other metal accessories are rusting, or you may just notice that there’s water in the firebox. Any water leaks can cause major damage to your fireplace and to your home.
Water Leakage Solutions
At Chimney Doctors of Colorado, we have several options to take care of your chimney leak problems. We will check out your flashing to make sure they aren’t damaged or loose, and your chimney cap and crown to be sure that no precipitation is able to get in. But for a long-lasting solution, we will also recommend that you have your chimney waterproofed. This process includes applying a solution that will keep water from entering your chimney while allowing moisture that’s already inside the mortar to escape. The best product in the industry is ChimneySaver, and that’s just the product we use to make sure that your home and fireplace are kept dry and strong.
Give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call today and let us give your chimney a proper waterproofing soon!
There is just something about a fireplace that makes people feel welcome. When you walk in the room out of a snowy Colorado night, if there’s a snapping, crackling fire burning in the fireplace, you’ll get warmed up in no time. A fire brings a cozy ambiance to any room. When you build a fire, it’s easy to just think about laying the wood, lighting some kindling, and enjoying the warmth. But there’s a lot more to the process if you want to continue to enjoy this feeling night after night. You need to make sure that your fireplace system has been cleaned and inspected on a regular basis and that all the parts are working properly so that you can relax by your fireplace with confidence.
If you take a look at your chimney from the outside, you’ll see that on top there is a concrete piece built right on top of the chimney. This is the chimney crown, and it serves the purpose of directing rain water away from the sides of the chimney and the juncture where the chimney meets the roof. This area is covered by the flashing, but a chimney crown is added protection against leaks occurring. But that still leaves the opening on your chimney unprotected. If you’re worried about precipitation sneaking into your house down the top of your chimney, then what you need to be considering is installing a chimney crown. A chimney cap sits on top of the chimney crown, and is uniquely designed with grated sides which allow the smoke to escape while keeping animals, birds, and other debris out of your chimney. The top of it is designed to have solid, sloping sides that direct precipitation onto the crown and onto the roof, where it will glide down to the rain gutters instead of running down your chimney. If your chimney cap needs repair work, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call. If you don’t have a chimney cap and you’re looking to purchase one, give us a call as well. We offer a wide range of chimney caps to match your size and style of chimney.
Top Sealing Dampers
Another route to go if you’re looking to keep the precipitation out of your chimney is to add a top-sealing damper. With regular dampers, which are located further down the chimney, you open or close them in order to allow smoke out while you’re using your fireplace or to keep the warmth of your furnace air in your home. A top sealing damper sits directly on top of the chimney crown, and it has cables attached to it so you can open or close it depending on whether your fireplace is in use or not. This allows you to keep precipitation from falling into your chimney, and allows for a better seal than regular dampers. Working together with a screened cap, you’ll have all the protection you need! Call Chimney Doctors of Colorado and we’ll get you set up in no time!