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There are so many things to take care of during the summer that we can forget about the really important appointments that need to be made on an annual basis. You know it’s important to get your dentist appointment in, your annual physical, and an oil change for your car at three to five thousand miles. You use your teeth constantly, you can’t do the things you want to if you’re not in good shape physically, and you use your car enough that you want to make sure it can get you going where you need to be when you need. But, because you don’t use your fireplace during the summer, it’s easy to forget that you need to have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually.
Why Have it Cleaned
If you do a quick visual inspection of your chimney, both inside and out, you may think that it looks just fine. But there are things that an untrained eye just can’t detect. That’s what we’re here for! When you call Chimney Doctors of Colorado, you know that our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. The CSIA recommends that you have your chimney inspected on an annual basis. When you use your fireplace a lot, more creosote will build up, and that’s a big fire hazard. Creosote develops when the chemicals that are released through combustion along with moisture drift upward and condense near the top of the chimney, where the brick is cooler. This substance is highly flammable and can catch a stray spark or ember easily, resulting in a serious chimney fire. Our trained chimney sweeps will take care of your creosote build up so that your chances of chimney fire are greatly reduced.
Make Sure No Repairs Are Needed
Another reason it’s important to have your chimney inspected is because chimney fires can occur without the homeowner even being aware of it. If this is the case, your chimney might have structural damage that could be a dangerous situation. There could be cracks in the mortar or the flue liner that allow gases from the smoke to re-enter your home. These gases include carbon monoxide, and that can cause serious health concerns such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, and other flu-like symptoms. If left undetected, this can even lead to loss of consciousness and death. Having us come in to check for necessary repairs not only helps your fireplace work more efficiently, it also may save you from unnecessary doctor bills or worse!
Right now, our busy season has not hit, so if you give us a call, we’ll be able to fit you right into our schedule. If you don’t want to have to schedule at someone else’s convenience, make sure to call us today!
If you’re looking for a new heating source or an additional heating source, you might want to look at adding a stove of some sort. These stoves can be a source of heat while adding charm to any room. If you’ve decided that you’d like to add some sort of stove to your home, you can choose between a gas, a wood, or a pellet stove, depending on the style of your room and the type of feel you’re trying to achieve.
Many homeowners are turning to gas stoves as a way to add the charm of a burning fire and extra warmth to a room. Choosing gas has several advantages, number one being that it is a clean burning fuel. This is great for the environment and great for you, because it means less creosote build-up which means less chance of a chimney fire. Burning with gas is also convenient; with a flip of a switch you can turn the flame on or off. Another benefit is that it can be vented through a wall, so placement is more versatile.
Although gas is a great, convenient option for many homeowners, for others, there’s nothing that can replace the experience of a real wood fire. If you’re one of those homeowners, then a wood burning appliance is right for you. Wood burning has several benefits as well, one being that wood itself is a renewable natural resource. You can control what type of wood you burn for a hotter burning fire, and you can even use different types of wood for different smells. So if you like a fruity smelling wood, choose apple wood to burn.
If you like the idea of using a renewable resource but not the idea of storing firewood and building a fire every time you want to enjoy a fire, a pellet stove is the way to go. The pellets burned are actual wood pieces which are fed into the stove through a hopper. Typically, pellet burners are more efficient than wood stoves, but because they use a hopper and a fan to deliver the pellets for burning, if there’s no electricity, you won’t be able to use your stove. Pellets burn like wood but you don’t need as large a storage area as you do for storing cut wood.
Get Expert Advice and Service
Why just use a space heater when you can add an attractive centerpiece to your room by installing a gas, wood, or pellet stove? If you’re looking for a stove to help heat your home, stop by Chimney Doctors of Colorado and let us show you the available options. We can offer great advice as to which option will best fit what you’re looking for, and we can install any type of stove and keep your home up to code, following all safety standards and regulations. Our years of training and experience make us the best in the business! Call today and enjoy a beautiful new stove by the time those crisp autumn nights arrive!
Are your clothes taking an especially long time to dry? Have you been noticing excessive heat from your dryer? Is lint building up in and around the appliance? These are all signs that your dryer vents may need attention, and we urge you to depend on our certified team to help you out. When it comes to a job like this, you only want to work with the best, and we guarantee better results every single time!
What It Means To Be Certified
So, what exactly does it mean to be certified in dryer vent cleaning? Well, this verifies that the sweep has gone through all of the necessary steps to pass an extensive exam through the CSIA. You can rest easy because they’ll know everything there is to know about maintaining your appliance! Many of these sweeps undergo additional education, as well, where they engage in hands-on training.
There’s simply no doubt that when a CSIA certified dryer exhaust technician is on the job, you won’t have to worry about a thing. They’ll come in with the appropriate tools and equipment necessary for doing a thorough and in-depth job, and they’ll know just how to remove any clogs or buildup, without causing damage to your system.
The team at The Chimney Doctor takes prides in holding these credentials, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed when you count on our qualified crew. Give yourself the peace of mind you deserve by giving us a call today!
Why Dirty Vents Are Dangerous
Clogged, dirty dryer vents pose threats to your home in more ways than one. First of all, they increase the risk of you and your loved ones inhaling dangerous fumes, such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is known for being especially dangerous due to its reputation for being fatal and its nearly undetectable nature. You won’t be able to smell it or see it, so many don’t realize its presence until it is too late.
This is a major reason why we stress the importance of investing in annual dryer vent cleanings! When your system is plugged up, venting out these necessary fumes becomes more and more challenging until, finally, they’re forced back into your home. By hiring our certified crew to check things over and by having carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, you lower your risk of exposure significantly. They’re small actions that go a long ways!
Along with this, dirty vents increase your chances of experiencing a house fire. Dryers obviously need to produce a lot of heat to get laundry dry and ready to wear in under an hour, but this heat can’t be trapped in just one place. When clogs are present, the appliance overheats and you could easily become one of the thousands of homeowners that experience a dryer fire every single year.
It’s not worth putting your home and family at risk, and we guarantee that paying for a cleaning now is a lot more cost-effective than shelling out money for repair work down the line. Keep things clean, maintained, and ready to go by calling in our experts as soon as you can. It’s an easy step you won’t regret!
If you have noticed a musty smell around your fireplace, chances are you have a chimney leak. Other signs of leaking include water dripping in your firebox, molding or peeling ceiling paper or paint, molding or peeling wallpaper around your fireplace, or weak trim boards around your fireplace. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call at 303-838-3009 to set up an appointment.
Our professionals can come in and diagnose the source of your leak and offer solutions. With a leaky chimney, you need to address it immediately. Not addressing chimney leaks only means more money you need to spend for repairs and more headaches as you get it repaired.
Sources of Leaks
Most chimney leaks are usually damaged mortar or brick caused by the freeze-thaw cycle. Colorado winters are cold, and when the moisture sits in the pores of the bricks and the mortar freezes, it expands to make those pores bigger. As this cycle repeats itself, it causes big gaps that allow water to leak through your chimney. This can also cause structural instability.
Another source of leaks is a cracked or damaged chimney cap or chimney crown. These chimney components are the first lines of defense against precipitation for your chimney, as well as helping to keep birds and animals out. If there are cracks on your masonry chimney due to weathering or settling, precipitation can easily leak through to cause damage to the interior of your chimney.
The Most Vulnerable Part
Flashing is another common area of your chimney for leaks to occur. It’s hard to get a good seal on the joints of any building project. This is especially true to the joint where the chimney meets the roof, the flashing. Flashing is the metal strips that cover this junction. It is layered and staggered so that it creates an effective shield to direct water towards the edge of the roof rather than your home. Flashing can be torn by high winds or cracked from weathering, and this then can cause chimney leaks.
If you suspect that you have chimney leaks, give us a call soon. At Chimney Doctors of Colorado, our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified experts have been trained to detect signs of leakage and get to the source of it. We have the proper tools to repair your flashing and chimney cap or crown. We can also perform tuckpointing for damaged mortar or other repair work to help your chimney be leak free. Give us a call at 303-838-3009 now!
Everyone knows how nice it is to cozy up in front of a fire in the middle of a Colorado snowstorm, watching the snow fall outside the window. Did you also know how great it feels to sit outside on a warm summer evening, after the heat has left the air, and cozy up in front of an outdoor fireplace? It’s true – a fireplace can be great year round!
Summer Get Togethers
Summer is a perfect time to get friends and family together. Summer food is easy to make and tastes great! Travel is easy, and it’s easy to walk out the door without having to worry about coats and sweaters. A big plus is you don’t have to worry about cleaning your house before or afterwards, because you can easily host a get together in your backyard. Just set up some serving tables outside, ask friends to bring a favorite salad or a bag of chips, and start up the outdoor fireplace. There are all kinds of main dishes you can prepare on the grill and desserts can be made right over the fire!
Start out by getting out the grill, it’s easy to grab some hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, or chicken and get them cooking in a hurry. For added flavor, place the meat in a marinade a few hours before guests arrive. And, for a tasty dessert that gets your guests involved, try roasting marshmallows for s’mores that will bring your guests memories from their younger days. Try jazzing them up by changing up the type of candy bar you use. Peanut butter cups taste great, but for a nice minty flavor, a mint patty works well. Or try a wafer cookie candy bar for added crunch. You can even change the graham cracker out for a chocolate striped cookie, a chocolate covered graham cracker, or any other type of cookie you can find. In fact, the only limit to your s’more making is your imagination. Just set up a table with different types of cookies or crackers for the base, a variety of candy bars, and marshmallows and have plenty of marshmallow roasting forks available for your guests to use to make their own sweet treat.
Install a New Outdoor Fireplace
Does this sound like a great way to spend a summer evening? If you don’t have a backyard fireplace, help is just a phone call away. Just give us a call at 303-838-3009 and let Chimney Doctors of Colorado set you up with a beautiful outdoor gas fireplace. We sell gas fireplaces from Regency, and they offer all types of sizes and designs to fit your vision for the perfect backyard.
Now is the perfect time to start planning an outdoor party. Just call your friends and family, put out some food, and make some good memories that will get you through the cold, snowy days of winter!
There’s a right time to do just about anything. For example, it’s best to plant many types of perennials in the fall or early spring. In the late fall, you’ll want to take your lawnmower apart, change the oil, clean and sharpen the blades, change the air filter, and replace the spark plugs: all these things make sure it stays in excellent running condition so you’ll be able to use it right away in the spring. The best time to have your chimney cleaned and inspected is in the spring, first, because it’s nice to have it checked off of your to-do list, but there are other reasons as well.
Avoid the Rush
One reason it’s a good idea to schedule your chimney cleaning and inspection now is so you avoid the rush. Let’s face it, many people are procrastinators and will wait until autumn to schedule their cleaning. A great way to stay ahead of the fall rush is to give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call now at 303-838-3009 so we can get you scheduled for your cleaning.
Find Out About Needed Repairs
Another excellent reason to call now is because you may need repair work done. When we inspect your chimney, we’ll be looking closely for any types of repairs that may need to be completed, big or small. Some small jobs may not take much time to tackle, but if there’s a bigger job, it’s smart to get going on it right away while our schedule isn’t as booked. Also, if there is an outdoor repair job that needs to be taken care of, it’s much easier to work outdoors when the weather is warm and sunny, rather than waiting and hoping for good weather later in the year. If the repair work is going to involve working with mortar, mortar works and sets up better when the weather is warmer as well.
Another reason that now is the best time to bring us in is because clean-up is so much easier when the mess is fresh. Over time, the soot and creosote deposits can harden up, so if we can come in right after fireplace season, it’ll be easier to get rid of that mess. Did you know that, besides being a fire hazard, creosote can give off an unpleasant odor? When the humid days of summer arrive, the moisture can mix with the creosote build-up and give off a bad smell which can pervade your room. This is another great reason to get that creosote out of your chimney sooner rather than later.
Get it Done Now
Whether you are thinking that you’ll need some repair work done or just want to freshen up your living room for the summer, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call. You’ll spend a happier summer knowing that you’ve got all chimney cleaning and repairs accomplished and avoided the rush!
You need driving forces behind plenty of things you have to get done. Why do you have your car serviced? Because you want it to keep running for as long possible. Why do you go on a second or third date? To try to find that right person to settle down with. Why do you start an exercise program? To get your heart and body in good shape so you feel better and can keep doing things you love to do. These are pretty easy reasons to come up with. But is it so easy to come up with reasons why you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually? It might seem like a lot of expense and bother to have someone come into your house every year just to have them tell you that, once again, your chimney is looking fine. The thing is, if you don’t, you might not be getting that same news when you finally do have it inspected, or worse yet, you might have a chimney fire or excessive carbon monoxide build-up in your home.
First off, your chimney sweep will be looking for how much creosote you have in your chimney. Creosote is that nasty blackish or brownish build-up that happens when you build a fire in your fireplace. Although you can control the amount of creosote in some ways, like by burning well-cured wood rather than ‘wet’ wood, there’s no way to avoid creosote completely. This substance is highly flammable, and a build-up of more than one-eighth of an inch is thick enough to be a danger. If this build-up catches a spark or ember, you could quickly have a blazing chimney fire burning out of control, but even if it doesn’t get to the point of being out of control, a small chimney fire can cause serious structural damage to your chimney, and, if left undetected, you might be looking at an excessive carbon monoxide build-up.
Carbon Monoxide Build-up
When you burn a wood fire in your fireplace, a by-product is creosote. Another by-product is carbon monoxide. This colorless, odorless gas is especially dangerous because it is also life threatening. At it’s least harmful, it can cause health issues such as nausea, headaches, vomiting, or other flu-like symptoms; at worst, it can cause death. Carbon monoxide detectors can be a relatively inexpensive, yet life-saving appliance, but it’s better yet to stop it at its source. When your chimney is working correctly, it will direct these carbon monoxide fumes right into the great outdoors. If your chimney has had structural damage due to an undetected chimney fire, that gas might be funneled right back into your home. This is a problem you must avoid, and a great reason to have your chimney inspected annually.
Call Chimney Doctors of Colorado Today
These are two great reasons to schedule your chimney inspection and cleaning soon. You don’t want to spend your summer worrying about what dangers lurk in your chimney. Avoid that stress by calling us today and set up an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned soon!
When springtime comes, it seems like there are so many jobs that need to be tackled. While it’s cold out and snow is on the ground, it’s hard to get out and do so many things, like yard work, cleaning the windows, washing down the siding, and planting the garden. Another important job that needs to be done in the spring is making a telephone call: give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call and we’ll get your chimney inspection and sweeping scheduled. While we’re there, we’ll check out your chimney lining and make sure it’s in tip-top condition.
What is a Lining?
Your chimney lining is just that: a lining to keep your chimney safe from the corrosive effects of smoke, the harsh effects of the extreme heat of fire, and the wear and tear of precipitation. It can be made of clay, ceramic, or metal. Chimney liners are such an important part of your chimney system that most fire codes now require that you have one.
A chimney liner plays three main roles. For one thing, it makes your fireplace more efficient. It does this by making sure that your chimney is properly sized for the type of heating appliance that you have. Another thing that it does is it keeps your house safe from the heat transfer from your fire; it keeps the walls and woodwork that surround your fireplace safe from the heat of the fire. Lastly, it keeps your brick and mortar free from the chemicals that are released when you are burning a fire in your fireplace.
Types of Liners
If, during the course of your chimney inspection, we find that your chimney lining has been damaged, we may recommend that you have your liner replaced. A cracked liner can allow corrosive materials or precipitation to leak through to your chimney, and that could lead to structural damage. Worse yet, a cracked liner may allow dangerous gases, including carbon monoxide, to leak back into your home.
What Kind of Liner is Best
At Chimney Doctors of Colorado, we know what to look for as far as chimney liner damage is concerned. We also know exactly which type of chimney liner is the best replacement for your cracked liner, and that is Simpson Dura Vent stainless steel liner. When you use Simpson Dura Vent, you know that you are getting the most durable liner possible, so you won’t have to worry about replacement for years to come. Not only that, but Simpson Dura Vent liners can be used for any fuel type, so no matter what type of fuel you are using, you know your chimney will be protected.
At Chimney Doctors of Colorado, we know there is nothing more valuable to you than your families’ safely. If you want the best product installed by the best in the business, give us a call today and set up your chimney inspection and cleaning.
There are some jobs best left for the professionals, and cleaning your dryer vent is definitely one of those jobs. The thing is, we usually think we’re doing enough when it comes to keeping the dryer up and running when we clean the lint tray. This is an important thing to remember to do after you dry a load or two of clothes, but it really isn’t enough. In order to keep your family safe and sound and your dryer running efficiently, you need to clean more than just the lint tray. Your entire vent systems needs to be blown clean to make sure that a dangerous dryer fire doesn’t put your house in jeopardy.
What Happens in the Dryer
You know dryers do a great job of getting your clothes dry, but do you really know how they work? You know that when you put your clothes in the washer, it’s water, soap, and the action of the tub of the washer (or the agitator if you have an older machine) that gets the clothes clean. Rinse water is pumped through to get rid of the soap, and then the spin cycle gets most of the water out. Because it can’t get all the water out, you throw the clothes in the dryer and let it do its magic.
Your dryer combines three elements: heat, air movement, and low humidity to dry your clothes. Cold air is drawn into your dryer, directed by a fan through the heating element and blown through the drum of the dryer, which is turning. Your clothes are drawn to the top of the drum as it spins, then fall to the bottom through the hot air that is being pushed through the drum. The air leaves the dryer through the dryer lint screen, and as it passes through it leaves random pieces of lint and fuzz behind in the tray. This is exactly why dryers have lint screens. The problem is, some of that fuzz goes through the screen and travels down the vents and out of the house. Because the air is moist from the clothes, it causes some of the lint to stick to the sides of the vent and attract even more lint. If left unchecked, you can have such a thick buildup that your dryer isn’t running efficiently. Another big problem is that this lint is highly flammable, so one spark and you could have a house fire.
It’s pretty clear that making sure your dryer vents are properly cleaned is very important. That’s why giving us a call today is such a good idea. At Chimney Doctors of Colorado, we have the proper equipment to make sure your dryer vents are completely cleared out. Give us a call now and you can spend the summer out and about, with no worries of full vents or dryer fires!
A pellet stove has many advantages. If you love the look of a fire, but don’t own a fireplace and don’t want to go to the expense or mess of installing a full wood burning fireplace, a pellet stove may be just the thing you’re looking for. You can buy pellets by the bag, which cuts down on cutting wood, and these bags of pellets store much easier than a big pile of wood. Because these pellets are made from sawdust and woodshavings, they are a very eco-friendly option to burning wood. Additionally, pellet stoves are cost effective and environmentally friendly. It’s easy to see why these stoves have become a popular option for heating your home. But as great as a pellet burner is, things can still go wrong, and it’s nice to know if the troubles you are having are serious enough to call in the professionals.
First off, when you start up your pellet burner, it might seem like the flame is burning hot and high. This is nothing to worry about; as the fire gets going, the flame should burn down to a normal level.
One thing you don’t want to see is a lot of smoke coming out of your pellet stove. If you notice this, it could be that your pellet stove needs a good cleaning. Because wood is a natural product, it has some impurities in it that won’t burn. These “clinkers” could be causing your smoking problems, and that’s an easy fix. Just push them out. You can lower the adjustment control rod in the firepot a little at a time until your stove quits smoking.
Another problem could be that you are using low-quality pellets. The better the pellets, the more efficient the burn, and the less mess and clogging you’ll experience.
Sometimes your stove isn’t running as efficiently as it could be, and this shows up by the flames having black tips and the flames not moving too quickly. Just clean your firepot and the heat exchanger’s blower and you shouldn’t have any more problems. Another problem with stove efficiency could be that the door isn’t sealed as tightly as it should be. Check the door seal and make sure it’s a tight fit.
It might be that your stove isn’t feeding the pellets as evenly as it should, and the problem might be with the pressure-sensing switch. You can easily check this out by cleaning the switch or the vent pipe, and if these things don’t help, you can try replacing the pressure-sensing switch.
There are things that you can check out on your own, but if there’s a problem you can’t solve on your own, give Chimney Doctors of Colorado a call. We’ll clean your stove and take care of any problems you might be having.