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Dryer vent cleaning and repairs

How is your clothing dryer performing? If you notice that it’s not drying loads of laundry as quickly as it used to, or if you notice that it seems to be working extra hard to keep up with your wet laundry, you might be due for dryer vent cleaning or repair. Here is what you need to know about having your dryer vents cleaned or repaired.

Why you need to have your dryer vents cleaned regularly

Golden Retriever dog doing laundry at homeMany homeowners don’t realize that they should have their clothing dryer vents cleaned and inspected at least once per year to reduce their risk of a dangerous home fire. When you run your clothing dryer, lint is generated. While much of the lint gets caught in the removable lint trap you know to clean regularly, other bits of lint bypass the lint trap. This moist lint is very sticky. First, it will stick to the walls of your clothing dryer vents, and then it will stick to itself. Over time, the lint will build up until it restricts airflow to your dryer. At that point, your clothes dryer can overheat and catch fire. To prevent this, you should be scheduling an annual dryer vent cleaning and inspection.

What professional dryer vent cleaning entails

The only way to ensure that your dryer vents are free from dangerous clogs of lint or debris is with a professional dryer vent cleaning. Professional vent cleaners utilize specialized brushes and vacuums to completely remove any lint or debris from your vents. Professional dryer vent cleaners use high-powered rotating brushes that scrub the sides of your dryer vents cleaned. Then, they apply high-powered vacuums to the end of the dryer vent to fully and cleanly suck any lint or debris out of the dryer vent, without allowing any of the mess to enter your home.

How to tell if you need to have your clothing dryer vents repaired

Sometimes poor clothing dryer performance isn’t a result of a buildup of lint; it’s the result of a damaged dryer vent that’s preventing your dryer from venting properly. That’s another reason a professional dryer vent cleaning also is crucial: A professional dryer vent cleaning also should include a professional dryer vent inspection. During a professional dryer vent inspection, your technician will check all of your vent’s connections, look for damage and evaluate whether your dryer vents are adequately sized and adequate materials.

If your dryer isn’t performing properly, the only way to improve its performance and save your home from a potential fire hazard is with a professional dryer vent cleaning and inspection. The cleaning should help to restore the function of your dryer, and if there is damage to the vent, your inspection will spot it. If you are ready to improve the function of your dryer, call Chimney Care Co. to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!

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Reasons to Invest in a Chimney Cap

One of the best places to invest in your chimney happens to sit on top, likely out of sight and out of mind. If you’re looking to protect your home and your chimney from serious and costly damage, you should invest in a chimney cap. Here’s why.

Protect your chimney from water damageRoof and chimney

The No. 1 reason to invest in a chimney cap for your home is to protect your chimney and fireplace from water damage. Without a chimney cap in place, rain, sleet and snow all fall freely into your chimney. Water in your chimney can weaken chimney liners. It can cause cracks in masonry chimney liners and rust in metal ones. Water coming in through your chimney also can rust and damage your damper, fireplace doors, and fireplace grate. Water can damage your firebox’s masonry or metal components, as well. An investment in a chimney cap can save you from having to invest in repairing water damage to your fireplace and chimney.

Keep birds and animals out

An open chimney serves as an invitation to birds and animals seeking warmth and shelter from the elements. At a minimum, a cap-free chimney can result in a bird or bat flapping noisily around your chimney or finding its way into your home. On a more serious note, birds or animals can build nests in the chimney that block the chimney’s flue and pose fire hazards. Or, the animal itself can find its way into your home to cause damage and threaten you, your family or your pets. A chimney cap secured with a cage surround can prevent animals from entering your chimney and causing damage or other problems.

Block downdrafts

Sudden gusts of wind through your chimney can chill your home or cause ashes and embers to come bursting out of your fireplace. A chimney cap blocks downdrafts from chilling your home, forcing smoke from your fireplace back into your home or causing a spray of embers from your fireplace.

Stop debris from entering the chimney

When the wind blows, it’s not just drafts that can find their way into your chimney. Leaves, branches, and other debris can blow into your chimney. Once inside, the debris in your chimney can cause blockages that can combust and cause a fire hazard, or that can prevent smoke and carbon monoxide from exiting your home safely through your chimney. A chimney cap with a wire surround can block debris from entering your chimney.

If your chimney cap is missing or damaged, or it’s not made from a durable material like stainless steel or copper, it’s time to protect your chimney, your fireplace, and your home by investing in a chimney cap. Call the Chimney Care Co. to learn about your chimney cap options today!

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About Chimney Chase Covers

What is standing between your prefabricated chimney and the elements? The answer should be a chimney chase cover. Chimney chase covers can deteriorate over time, and that is when you need to address your chimney chase cover. Here is what you need to know about your chimney chase cover and keeping your chimney protected from the elements and potential water damage.

What is a chimney chase cover?

chimney chase cover A chimney chase cover is a metal piece that encloses the top of your chimney. Chimney chase covers are installed along with a prefabricated chimney to fit over the chimney opening. It prevents water from leaking in around the different layers of your chimney. Chimney pipes are vented through the chimney chase cover, and they should be topped with a chimney cap. A chimney cap prevent water from running down your chimney flues when it rains or snows.

Why do chimney chase covers need to be replaced?

If you didn’t choose a custom chimney chase cover when your fireplace and chimney were installed, chances are your chimney is topped with a galvanized steel chimney chase cover. While a galvanized chimney chase cover will do a fine job of keeping water from running down your chimney, they are prone to break down over time. Chimney chase covers made from galvanized steel generally have a five-year lifespan. After that, they begin to rust, corrode or crack. When they begin to breakdown, it can cause ugly rust streaks to stain the sides of your chimney or home. This can open your chimney and home up to the rest of the world to potential water damage and other threats.

How do you know if your chimney chase cover needs to be replaced?

To catch damage to your chimney chase cover before it can allow water to damage your home, you should be keeping a close eye on your chimney chase cover. During your annual chimney sweeping and inspection, be sure to ask your chimney sweep about the health of your chimney chase cover. Between chimney inspections, beware of signs that your chimney chase cover is breaking down. Look for streaks of discoloration on your chimney’s exterior. Inside your home, look for puddles of what within your firebox, rust or water damage to your fireplace damper and doors and moisture stains on the walls or ceiling around your chimney.

What are your options for replacing your chimney chase cover?

If your chimney chase cover is no longer protecting your chimney from water damage, you should invest in a chimney chase cover. If you’re looking for a durable chimney chase cover that will keep your chimney protected for decades, choose from beautiful copper or stainless steel chimney chase covers from us. Both of our stainless steel and copper chimney chase covers are durable, and they add a beautiful, high-end touch to your home.

If your chimney chase cover is no longer protecting your chimney, get it replaced before water seriously damage your home. Call the Chimney Care Co. to schedule an appointment to discuss a chimney chase cover replacement today!

Leaky chimneys and water damage repairs

While chimneys take a lot of abuse internally during the winter when your fireplace is hard at work, the exterior of your chimney also faces harsh elements all winter long and during the spring. Chimney leaks and water damage problems are very common in the spring when rain is constant. At,
Chimney Care Co. , we want to protect your chimney from water damages. Here’s what you need to know about water damage and chimney leaks.

Chimney water damage

rainbow with chimney

From the exterior, water is your chimney’s No. 1 enemy, especially in the winter. The masonry materials that most chimneys are constructed from are very porous. They absorb any water that hits the chimney when it rains or snows. In winter, when temperatures rise and fall above freezing, the water within the chimney materials freeze and thaw to cause tremendous damages to your masonry chimney.

When the water freezes and expands within your chimney’s masonry, it weakens the masonry. Water freezing within chimney masonry can cause cracks to the structure or the crown. It can also cause crumbling mortar, and masonry materials, and it can even lead to falling brick faces or chimney stones. As this freeze-thaw damage cycle continues overtime, it can have serious consequences for your chimney and home.

Chimney leaks

After a winter of harsh weather, spring’s rains bring another problem: Chimney leaks. The cracks that develop in the chimney masonry due to freeze/thaw damage can allow water to leak into your chimney. Spring chimney leaks might reveal other weaknesses of your chimney too.

Heavy winter winds or high winds during spring storms can unseat a chimney cap, which then allows water into your chimney. The flashing that seals the joint between your roofline and chimney can develop cracks or gaps. A heavy rainfall can reveal those cracks or gaps, causing water to leak into your home.

Chimney repairs

If your chimney has suffered water damage this winter or it’s showing signs of leaking this spring, then it’s time to address the chimney leaks. Overtime, chimney damage and leaks can worsen, leading to even more problems and extensive repairs. Damaged chimney masonry allows water to leak through your chimney. The masonry will continue to weaken over time, compromising the structure and safety of your chimney. Chimney leaks can lead to extensive water damage to your home’s structure too, so you should take care of them sooner rather than later.

If you are experiencing chimney leaks, then call Chimney Care Co.! We can repair your chimney’s damaged masonry, install a chimney cap, repair failing flashing, address leaks and more. Don’t wait until chimney damage or leaks do major damage to your home — call us today!

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We tune up & clean gas appliances!

Homeowners with gas fireplaces and heating stoves love their hearth appliances because they are easy to use and require little maintenance. However, if you want your system to continue to perform with optimal efficiency, you must invest in simple annual maintenance. Fortunately, Chimney Care Co. is here to help keep your gas hearth appliance running efficiently and smoothly. We tune up and clean gas appliances, too!

Why your gas fireplace requires maintenance, too

Gas fireplaces don’t create ash or smoke compared to wood-burning fireplaces. So why does your gas fireplace need regular maintenance? First, your gas fireplace features many working components. These parts include the vents, blowers, pilot lights, and burners. as they can become blocked with debris to prevent proper function. Gaskets, seals and glass doors can also wear down to cause eventual failure. This also reduces your fireplace’s efficiency and pose dangers within your home.

While creosote is not a concern in your gas fireplace’s, the chimney can still become blocked with debris or animal intrusion. The chimney liner or structure could still break down to pose a hazard. All in all, you should get our gas fireplace or heating stove a professional cleaning, inspection, and tune up annually, as this keep your gas hearth appliance safe and efficient. Annual maintenance removes soot and debris that can degrade the look of your fireplace. Annual cleaning and inspection also ensure that your logs, firebox, and glass continue to look clean and attractive.

What gas fireplace maintenance entails

What exactly does gas fireplace maintenance entail, you might ask? First, your certified technician will clean and inspect the chimney to remove any soot, which can eat away at the chimney. We will also look and verify that there aren’t any defects, weaknesses or blockages inside your chimney to pose a hazard. Your sweep also remove the logs from your gas fireplace to thoroughly clean the logs, firebox, fireplace glass, blowers, and pilot. We want to clear all debris or dust from all parts to lessen the chance of a blockage, as it could lead to a system failure. Finally, your sweep check all of the working components. We also check the seals of your gas fireplace or heating stove to ensure that the system is working properly and safely.

Call to schedule your gas fireplace tune-up today

Gas fireplaces and heating stoves are low maintenance. However, while gas hearth appliances require less maintenance than their wood-burning or pellet-burning counterpart, you gas system still need annual tune-up, cleaning and inspection to ensure it stays clean, attractive, and in proper working condition year after year. Give the team at Chimney Care Co a call at 513-248-9600 to get started!

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