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Santa is Coming, Is Your Chimney Clean?

Christmas Eve is almost here, and soon it will be a time for gathering around a warm fire with loved ones. However, once you put out your fire and go to bed on Christmas Eve, it will be Santa’s turn to show his appreciation to your family. Santa brings joy to your family, so why not return the favor by giving him a clean chimney to come down this Christmas. Santa doesn’t like his suit getting sooty, but another reason is for safety for all who lives in your home. At Old Smokey’s, we agree with Santa. A clean chimney is important, and we are here to help!

Be safe this holiday

a smokey chimneyThe Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommend you to get your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. As you use your fireplace, soot, smoke, and gases are released. These gases go up your chimney, and they cool and often condense on the interior of your chimney. After a while, if enough of this byproduct accumulates, it forms a thick, black, tar-like substance called creosote. Creosote is combustible. If it ignites, it can start a chimney fire.

Another reason to get your chimney inspected and cleaned is to check for blockages in your chimney. There are a number of ways your chimney could get a blockage such as creosote build up, animal nesting, or debris falling into your chimney. In addition to being a fire hazard, chimney blockages can also create airflow issues. This creates some annoying issues such as poorly burning and less efficient fires.

Smoke, gases and warm air produced in your fireplace need a way to get out of your home. If your chimney is blocked, these byproducts may come back into your home. Having a house full of smoke can really put a damper for any gatherings. Another serious issue is carbon monoxide, this byproduct could happen when you burn wood or gas. Carbon monoxide leak can lead to a number of serious medical issues.

We can help

Santa wants you to have a safe holiday season, and our team at Old Smokey’s wants this for you too! That’s why it is very  important to have your chimney serviced by our CSIA certified chimney sweep.  Only a chimney sweep has the technical and safety training to properly and safely clean your chimney. Although this is our busy time of year, we still have appointment slots open.

Get your chimney cleaned today! You can call us at 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Advantages of a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

When you think of all the time and energy that your clothes dryer saves you, it really is a must-have appliance for every home. However, clothes dryers need to be inspected and maintained for safe usage. People don’t often associate their clothes dryer with being a potential safety hazard, but they should. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) states that approximately 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year causing 100 injuries, 5 deaths, and nearly 35 million dollars in property loss annually.  Almost one-third of these fires could have been prevented by taking simple, preventative measures. At Old Smokey’s, we take your household’s health and safety very seriously. That is why we offer dryer vent cleaning services from professionally trained, CSIA certified ventilation experts.The Advantages of Professional Dryer Vent Cleanings

How do dryers become hazardous?

When you operate your dryer, warm air is pushed through your clothes and out of the back of your dryer through a ventilation system which blows out of your home. This warm air also blows lint and other small particles off your clothing. Most lint is caught by your dryer’s lint trap, however, some lint is able to make it past the lint trap and rests in your dryer vent. Over time, lint can start to accumulate in your dryer vent to the point that it will eventually clog. Once your vent is clogged, there is nowhere for excess heat and gases to escape, which can cause your dryer to overheat and potentially start on fire. In addition to being a fire hazard, a clogged dryer vent can also cause toxic carbon monoxide to leak into your home.  Although clogs formed by lint are common, your ventilation can also get clogged by debris and animal nesting.

Clogged dryer vents also cause your dryer to operate less efficiently due to restricted airflow. This can cost you time as well as money. If your clothes aren’t drying as well as they usually do, there is a good chance that you have a clogged dryer vent.

We can help!

Sometimes contractors will be in a hurry and not install your dryer vent properly, or use sub-par equipment to hook up your dryer vents. At Old Smokey’s we think this is unacceptable, especially since it concerns your family’s health and safety. During a dryer vent cleaning, we will make sure that all your dryer vents are clear of obstructions and make sure your vents are properly hooked up and not sagging.

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your dryer, or your dryer doesn’t seem to be drying as well as it used to, call Old Smokey’s at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009 or reach us online to set up a dryer vent cleaning with one of our professional, certified ventilation technicians. We look forward to serving you!

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