Here at Chimney Pro Cleaning, our services don’t just stop at chimneys! We also specialize in dryer vent cleaning—maintenance of your dryer vent is just as important for the safety of your home and family as taking good care of your chimney. The lint that builds up inside all dryer vents over time can reduce air flow to the dryer, back up the heat exhaust, and cause a fire.
Dryers are a lot more dangerous than people realize, and though our appliances help make our lives easier, you can’t take them for granted—home structure fires are caused by dryer vents every year, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, and causing over $200 million in property damage. Dryers and washing machines account for one of every 22 home fires reported in the US. It might seem like these commodities are no-maintenance, but you actually need to take care of them to take care of yourself.
So what can you do to prevent a dryer vent fire? Get your vents cleaned out! It’s a very quick and simple fix that will even wind up paying for itself—a clogged dryer vent prolongs your drying time, and your dryer has to work much harder, causing your electric bills to spike. On average, a vent cleaning saves homes $18-24 every month. It depends on the length of the vent and the density of the lint, but it usually takes us about an hour to do a cleaning, making it a quick fix for a common problem.
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While you may not be intimately familiar with the anatomy of your home’s fireplace or chimney features, a chimney cap plays an important role in your home’s chimney system. If your home doesn't already have one, here are five reasons why you should consider installing a chimney cap.
1. Reduce moisture
A chimney cap will keep rain water from coming down your home’s chimney. Rain water can damage chimneys with stainless steel liners, chimney dampers and chimney mortar joints. Beyond the damage from the water itself, moisture from rain water can produce mold and mildew.
2. Keep out animals
Animals like birds, raccoons and squirrels often try to make their homes within chimneys. In many cases, these critters will enter the chimney but won’t be able to exit, eventually dying. This can produce maggots, flies and unpleasant odors in your home. A professionally installed chimney cap, sized properly, will prevent animals from entering the chimney.
3. Block downdrafts
If the wind is blowing in a certain direction, it can introduce a downdraft. If you don’t have a chimney cap and you’re using a wood-burning fireplace at the time, a wind-induced downdraft has the potential of blowing smoke back into your home. The flat-shaped top of a chimney cap is designed to help prevent wind-induced downdrafts.
4. Stop sparks and embers
Some people refer to chimney caps as spark arrestors, which basically means that the chimney cap helps prevent lit embers or sparks that travel up the chimney from landing on roof, possibly catching it on fire.
5. Prevent debris build-up
Leaves, branches, twigs and other debris can enter a chimney and build up if a chimney cap is not in place.
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Chimney “sweep” is how people commonly refer to the kind of chimney cleaning services we offer here at Chimney Pro Cleaning. But there’s a lot more than “sweeping” that goes into a proper chimney cleaning. We’ve been doing business since 2001, understand all the different facets of chimney cleaning, and can guarantee the most experienced, professional, and friendly service.
All wood-burning chimneys build up a dangerous substance called creosote, which is a dark-colored matter that can be solid, liquid, or gas, and presents the greatest threat to chimney safety. It’s made up of the unburned carbon from your fuel source. It leaves the hearth in vapor form, but becomes solid once again when it encounters the cooler air in your chimney, allowing it to stick to the walls of your flume or liner. Creosote will build up inside your chimney lining like layers of tar, and because it’s a highly flammable material, creosote represents the biggest chimney safety hazard—if the creosote ignites, it will cause a chimney fire that can damage or even destroy your home.
Creosote builds up in three stages, the first of which is the innocuous black powder commonly called “soot.” Some soot inside your chimney is unavoidable and not dangerous, and it’s easily removed with a gentle brushing. In the second stage, this soot comes together in clumps that form shiny, solid flakes that contain tar oil, allowing them to cling tightly to the walls of your chimney. Not only are these hardened shards of creosote more likely to catch fire, they’re also harder to remove. The third and final stage is when these hardened flakes of creosote completely coat your liner, and the layers of glazed tar only becomes thicker with every fire you light. This is the most likely form of creosote to ignite, and almost impossible to remove.
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